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Biology may be one of the most versatile degrees to meet the needs of the world in the 21st century. Whether you specialize in environmental science, human health, or our other areas of study, you will find many opportunities to serve God and his creation with your skills and knowledge.

Quick Facts

  • 85%

    2018 biology graduates who reported being employed or in graduate school one year after graduation

    31%

    2018 biology graduates who went to graduate school

    Top 5%

    Calvin’s ranking among baccalaureate colleges whose graduates go on to earn PhDs

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Careers in biology include:

  • Forensic science
  • Bioinformatics scientist
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiologist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Molecular and cellular biologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Science journalism
  • Soil and plant scientist
  • Surgeon
  • Political policy work
  • Veterinarian

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a great place to learn more about careers in biology, including those careers that are on the cutting edge of the field.

Get started at the Calvin Career Center.

Graduate schools recent biology alumni are attending

  • Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  • Boston University for Masters of Science in Nutrition
  • Case Western Reserve Dental School
  • Colorado State University Master’s degree in Bioagricultural Science and Test Management
  • Creighton University Pharmacy School
  • Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry
  • Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Michigan State University Industrial Microbiology program
  • Michigan State University in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics PhD program
  • Michigan State University MD/PhD program
  • Michigan State University PhD program in Plant Biology
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Northwestern Medical School
  • Northwestern University in the Interdepartmental Biological Sciences PhD Program
  • Northwestern University Masters Genetic Counseling
  • Northwestern University, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
  • Purdue University PhD in micriobiology
  • Queen’s University, Pathology Department
  • Scripps Institute in immunology
  • Southern California University of Health Sciences School of Chiropractic
  • St. Louis University School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • University of Chicago School of Medicine
  • University of Colorado-Health Sciences Center’s Biomedical Sciences
  • University of Detroit Mercy Dental School
  • University of Kansas PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology
  • University of Michigan Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology Masters of Public Health program
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a Master’s degree in Nutrition
  • University of Pennsylvania—PhD in Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
  • University of Pittsburgh medical school
  • University of Utah masters in Human Nutrition and Sports Dietetics
  • University of Western Ontario for MS in Molecular Biology
  • University of Wisconsin—Madison for a PhD in Philosophy of Biology
  • University of Wisconsin—Madison Vet School
  • University of Wisconsin—Madison plant breeding and genetics program
  • Van Andel Institute PhD program

See the full list of recent graduate schools biology alumni have attended. 

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