Careers & Outcomes

What can I do with a Biology degree?

At Washington University, our mission is that each student graduating with a major in biology should be well educated in the history of scientific discovery in biology, the logical and statistical procedures used to formulate and to test biological hypotheses, and technical skills needed for conducting contemporary biological research. Majors should appreciate the hierarchical nature of biological complexity, and the major structures and functions emerging at the molecular, cellular, organismal, populational and ecosystem levels. 

At least one dimension of contemporary research should be understood in sufficient detail that the student could describe the major hypotheses currently being tested and demonstrate familiarity with techniques used to test those hypotheses. Mastery of the material will be evident in a student's ability to critique published data, identifying ambiguities and uncertainties in conclusions drawn from those data, and in understanding the societal importance of the research. 

A student attaining these goals will be prepared to make creative contributions to biology through independent research and/or teaching and will be ready for graduate training in biological research, education, healthcare, industrial biotechnology, and the computational, legal and business careers related to biotechnology. A major should appreciate the importance of biological knowledge for solving societal problems. This presents a wide range of career opportunities for our graduates.

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Perhaps the best resources at the Career Center are the counselors, who work with students individually to discuss your interests and goals, and brainstorm ideas for helping you achieve your goals. It's never too early in your college career to meet with one of these professionals. Whether you're interested in working internationally, beginning a corporate career, going to graduate school, or performing public service work after graduation, the counselors can help you decide the best plan of action.

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Outcome Data

Every year the Career Center at Washington University surveys the graduating class to gather information about their post-graduation plans. They've compiled data for the past 3 years so you can see exactly what biology graduates have gone on to do immediately following graduation.

Outcome Data

Explore Careers in Biology

An in-depth review of careers options in the life sciences, health, and biotechnology & business available to graduates with a biology degree.

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Top Destinations for Biology Graduates

Post-Grad Employers:

  • Associates in Dermatology
  • Capital One
  • Cerner Corporation
  • City Year, Inc.
  • Disney ABC Television Group
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Green Corps
  • Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Kuchnir Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
  • Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center
  • MBC Group, The
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Michigan State University
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • PhysAssist Scribes
  • Saint Louis Science Center
  • ScribeAmerica
  • Scribe-X Northwest
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • Sudbury Extended Day
  • Teach for America
  • Total Access Urgent Care
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Graduate, Medical & Law Schools

  • American University of the Caribbean
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia State University
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard University
  • Hofstra University
  • Imperial College London
  • Lewis Katz SOM
  • LSE
  • New York University
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
  • Rush Medical College
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Louis University
  • The University of Texas
  • University of Buffalo Medical School
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • University of California - San Francisco
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Internships (Pre- and Post-Grad)

  • Apollo Medical Optics, Inc.
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Beaver's Pond Press
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • The Brookings Institution
  • Capital One
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Celgene
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Children's Hospital in Boston
  • Children's National Medical Center
  • Chinese Academy of Chemistry
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The
  • Disney ABC Television Group
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Dr. Afshin Aminian
  • Dr. Leslie Ledbetter
  • ECM Biosciences
  • Florida International University
  • Forum for Youth Investment
  • Galveston Bay Foundation
  • Genetic Alliance
  • Golden Gate Institute for Integrative Medicine
  • Grand Central Partnership
  • Hope Happens
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Review more data and details from Washington University Career Center.

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