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Your Career

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Professional biologists dedicate their careers to exploring the patterns and processes of life. Whether you dream of pioneering the next breakthrough in biotechnology, teasing apart a food web in a vanishing rainforest, or improving lives through health care, the Biology degree program at St. Ambrose University will help you achieve that goal through our rigorous and rewarding program that emphasizes learning through student-driven inquiry.

St. Ambrose University offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Biology. A bachelor's degree in Biology will qualify you for assistant-level work in industry and government, a career in education, or prepare you for graduate school or professional programs in health sciences.

Beginning to specialize in a particular field through a master's degree will open up new opportunities in research and administration and will qualify you to teach at many community colleges. A doctoral degree is generally required for higher-level research, teaching, and administrative positions.

We also offer a minor in Biology, allowing students in other majors to develop an understanding of the process of science while gaining a biological knowledge base. Our Concentration in Biomedical Science provides our majors with a strong background for medical training.

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There are many career opportunities for qualified biologists.

Research and Development: colleges and universities, private industry, or state and federal government.

Healthcare: human or veterinary medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health, and more.

Research and Teaching/Outreach: colleges and universities, state and federal government, zoos and aquariums, museums, conservation agencies, and more.

Non-research Education: elementary, secondary, or post-secondary schools, museums, zoos, national and state parks, and more.

Communication/Marketing: publishing, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, software, government, non-profit organizations, and more.

Legislation-related careers: law, government, or advocacy organizations.

Check out this comprehensive list of what you can do with a Biology degree. Employment data for a number of careers in Life Sciences are available through the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduate School

Recent SAU Biology graduates have gone on to succeed in a variety of graduate programs, including human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, and PhD programs!

At St. Ambrose, you can advance through to complementary master's and doctoral programs such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies.