Biology - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

Students majoring in biology should have a strong curiosity about one or more aspects of biology. While most students will be especially interested in one particular aspect of biology, it is important to be open to learning about other aspects to discover important connections. For example, a student interested in a health related profession may not be immediately interested about the ecology of worms but should be open to learning more to discover important insights about diseases caused by parasites. The most successful students will be those with the strongest skills in written and oral communication and those with strong skills in mathematics, analysis and reasoning.


What I will learn?

Students will develop skills in written and oral communication, math, analysis and reasoning through their coursework. Other specific skills will follow from courses chosen. This includes knowledge of cells, anatomy, physiology, genetics, taxonomy, evolution and ecology. Hands-on laboratory sections of biology courses develop skills in laboratory and field techniques.


What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

All biology majors complete either a capstone internship, or a research project. There are many opportunities for internships, research experience and job shadowing in the various fields of biology.


What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

There are many health related professions such as medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, genetic counseling and others. Many biologists work in the fields of wildlife, conservation and environmental sciences. Other biology majors choose to share their love of biology through careers in education. The skills of a biologist may also be in demand for jobs in industry, government and research.


Want more information? Check out the Major Resources provided by the Career Development Center.


What are some CMU graduates with this degree doing?

CMU biology majors are working in a variety of fields including: Missouri Department of Conservation and Wildlife, Veterinarian, Dentist, ABC Labs, Addison Biological Labs, K-12 education, Military, Nursing, Medicine, and others. Other majors decide to continue their education in graduate or medical school.