Biology is a broad science – the study of all living things – that can lead you in many diverse and exciting career directions. From preserving ecosystems in our national parks to microscopic research, teaching biology, and crime scene investigation, the career options a bachelor’s degree in Biology offers are virtually limitless. Southern Utah University’s biology major honors the diversity of this fascinating science by encouraging students to focus their degree program in one of four areas of emphasis:
Working with your Biology advisor, you will choose courses that give you the background you need to achieve your career goals.
Because classes are purposely kept small, students have opportunities to work closely with their Biology instructors on research projects, assignments, and field trips to the major eco-regions located within driving distance of the Southern Utah University campus. As a result, students form strong mentoring relationships with instructors that can be a real help in arranging internships, locating jobs in the Biology field, and gaining acceptance into graduate or professional school.
As a Biology major you will complete a self-designed capstone project that gives you extensive hands-on experience in your chosen area of biological interest. Past capstone experiences have included such activities as traveling to Guatemala to establish a rural health scholars program, researching bats in the Cedar City region, and mentoring grade school students in the development of their science fair projects. There’s no limit to the possibilities and many students use the capstone experience as a springboard to help them secure a job in the Biology field or gain acceptance into graduate or professional school.
When you graduate from Southern Utah University with a degree in Biology you will be well prepared to take the next step in your career, be that graduate school, professional school, or a job in the sciences.
The career possibilities for those with a degree in Biology vary depending on the area of scientific emphasis selected. The following are some of the possibilities:
Botany – researcher for pharmaceutical companies, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Public Health Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and universities
Forensic science – forensic science technician or crime scene investigator for police departments, local and state governments, substance abuse hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, and investigation services
Biology education – teacher in public or private high school, national parks guide
Zoology – following professional school – dentist, veterinarian, physician, physician’s assistant, optometrist in hospitals, clinics, or private practices
Bio Blitz – Biology faculty and students put on a conference at the Cedar Breaks National Monument to introduce school children and the public to Southern Utah’s diverse animal life. The event also includes a star night where faculty provides a guided tour of the heavens.
Tracey Gay, SUU Biology Department Assistant
Name: Vicki Tyler
Graduated: 2002 Double Major
Biology/Zoology & Communications/Public Relations
Current job: Natural Resources Specialist,
Bureau of Land Management
"I would put my education at SUU up against almost anyone’s! I loved the undergraduate research opportunities and feel I had the opportunity to do some research that most students only get to do at a graduate level. If I could pinpoint one thing that I really learned from ALL the professors in the SUU biology department, it was “application” - putting those things we learned to use in the real world. This alone has benefited me more than you will ever know, and has enabled me to compete for a variety of wildlife/biology related jobs. Keep up the good work SUU!"