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Biology, the study of life, provides a vast array of career opportunities. Biologists study how living things work, interact with each other, and evolve. Biology includes the study of a cell’s molecules; insects in a rainforest; microbes that impact human health; agriculture, and economics; the behavior of animals in natural habitats and those impacted by man; the processes by which diseases affect the world; and the search for alternative fuels. The work of Biologists expands our knowledge of the world in which we live, and provides the foundation to address many important issues facing mankind. A strong foundation in all aspects of biology is fundamental to any career involving the biological sciences. In addition, the Benedictine history and reputation in the sciences ensures that students can choose additional courses that provide a deeper understanding in specific areas of study relevant to their goals.


What can I do with a degree in Biology?

  • Healthcare

Biology graduates participate in public healthcare through various professional career tracks. Some, including doctors of medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy, require additional degrees. Other professionals in healthcare teams, like diagnostic sonographers or radiation therapists, begin their work once the bachelor’s degree is completed. The College of Science at Benedictine enjoys partnerships that provide pathways to a wide variety of healthcare careers. To learn more about health professions and our pathways to success, visit our pre-medical and health professions website.

  • Environmental management and conservation
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Biologists in environmental management and conservation careers are interested in reclamation, law enforcement, solving environmental problems and preserving the natural world for future generations. Biologists find fulfilling careers in forestry services, zoos, animal and plant wildlife organizations, and governmental and private industrial regulatory positions.

  • Research

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Research biologists study the natural world, using the latest scientific tools and techniques in both laboratory settings and the outdoors, to understand how living systems work. In industry these scientists are exploring new ideas to expand the number and quality of biological products that influence our lives. Biomedical devices, pharmaceutical breakthroughs, and myriad aspects of the food industry are a few examples. In universities and colleges, professors in the lab or fields pursue scientific questions for the sake of knowledge alone and mentor students with projects and direct research programs.

  • Applied science

Brewers seek people with good training in microbial biology to operate, manage, and modify their products. Agriculture and pharmaceutical industries are seeking qualified molecular biologists to develop, manage, and produce new crops or pharmaceutical products through genetic modification. Manufacturers of biomedical products and devices are clamoring for people with appropriate knowledge of human biology to be liaisons with healthcare professionals. In museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, and nature centers biologists conduct research, design exhibits and create educational programing for the public. The possibilities that fall into this category are too numerous to name, but these few examples offer a glimpse into the opportunities that are out there.

  • More than just biology....
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There are many careers for biologists who want to combine their scientific training with interests in other fields. Here are some examples:


The Benedictine Benefit

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Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence in undergraduate science programs. The College of Science at Benedictine offers degrees that provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter rewarding careers. Our degree programs in Biological Sciences are proven platforms for success and exceptional placement into graduate and healthcare professional schools. Our faculty are nationally recognized for their research and teaching excellence.

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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dean's Office Location:
Birck Hall Room 119