Biology majors pursue a variety of different options after they complete their undergraduate degree. Some continue their schooling, pursuing graduate programs or medical school. Others begin their careers, working in a variety of fields like research, education, medicine, public policy, sustainability, and more. The following post-undergraduate options are some of the most popular with our students:
Some recent examples of what our alumni have done after graduating include:
- Research positions at Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Tufts Medical Center
- Medical, dental, and veterinary degrees at Boston University School of Medicine, Temple University, Tufts University, and University of Illinois
- Master’s degrees at Boston University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Rutgers University, Tufts University, and Yale University
- Research at the Broad Institute of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Field Technician at the National Ecological Observatory Network
- Science Educators at Boston-area schools
If you’re interested in preparing for your career or education after undergrad, consider the following resources:
- The Center for Career Development – The CCD has resources of all kinds related to careers, from career exploration, to job searching, to resume and cover letter workshops.
- Handshake – Handshake is the CCD’s recommended platform for students, employers, and career centers. Students can use it to search for jobs, internships, and events.
- The Career Advisory Network – BU’s online directory of nearly 8,000 alumni volunteers who share their career advice and networking connections with current students and fellow alumni. You can also contact Erin Mullins in the Biology Department for help finding Biology alumni.
- The Pre-Professional Advising Office – The Pre-Professional Advising Office offers advising for both pre-health and pre-law students. We find many Biology majors are also pursuing pre-health requirements and we recommend meeting with a pre-health advisor once a semester.
- The Office of Fellowships and Scholarships – Fellowships and Scholarships offers information and support for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue fellowship and scholarship opportunities at BU and beyond.
- Students interested in employment while they are attending BU can check out the Student Employment Office’s Student Job Service resources. They also have resources for work-study and international student employment.
- If you’re interested in pursuing a Master’s or PhD in Biology or a related field, consider looking over the requirements of our graduate programs. This can give you a good idea of what you’ll need to do before grad school and how to stand out as an applicant, but you should always check requirements at any program you’re interested in, so you can prepare accordingly.