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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Biological Sciences



Biological sciences is the study of living organisms and their relationship to the environment. The major in Biological Sceinces, administered through the Division of Life Sciences Office of Undergraduate Instruction, is intended to provide a broad and comprehensive training in modern biology. Topics of study may include biochemistry, botany, bacteriology, cell biology, ecology and evolution, endocrinology, immunology, molecular biology, nuerobiology, and physiology. The major in Biological Sciences is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of their liberal arts education, preparing them for a career in one of the health professions, graduate studies in biology, a teaching career in secondary schools (courses in education are also required), as well as employment in various areas of the life sciences. If a student wishes to concentrate his/her studies in a specific area of biology, he/she should consider a major offered by one of the departments in the Division of Life Sciences or in Cook College.

Some scientists conduct basic research to increase the knowledge of living organisms, while those in applied research use this knowledge to develop new medicines, increase crop yields and improve the environment. Work is generally performed in a laboratory or outdoor field setting. Other biological science graduates work in management or administration, planning programs for food and drug testing or managing a botanical garden. Some work as consultants to business firms, sell chemicals or laboratory instruments, or write for technical publications.

While most graduates work in a related occupation and eventually obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities. A bachelor's degree is sufficient for advanced technician jobs in the medical field, lab/research assistant positions, or testing and inspection jobs. An advanced degree is required for most other positions in the scientific field.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Argonomist Geneticist Pest Control Inspector
Biochemist Horticulturalist Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
Biophysicist Hospital Administrator Pharmacologist
Biostatistician Industrial Hygenist Physicial Therapist
Biotechnologist Laboratory Technician Physician Assistant
Botanist Marine Biologist Plant Geneticist
Crop Physiologist Medical Doctor Plant Quarantine Specialist
Dentist Medical Illustrator Public Health Assistant
Ecologist Medical Record Technician Quality Control Specialist
Embryologist Medical Social Writer Research Asst.
Entomologist Medical Technologist Scientific Librarian
Environ. Health Educator Microbiologist Technical Writer
Environ. Impact Analyst Mycologist Toxicologist
Fisheries Biologist Natural Resource Manager Veterinarian
Flavor Chemist Parasitologist Wildlife Biologist
Food & Drug Inspector Patent Specialist Zoologist
Forester Pathologist .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Chemical Manufacturers Food Manufacturers Research Foundations
Clinics Health Service Providers Scientific Journals
Educational Institutions Hospitals Soap/Cosmetics Companies
Environmental Consulting Firms Pharmaceutical Companies Testing Labs
Fisheries Public Utilities Tobacco Industry


Government Agencies
Air Pollution Control Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service
Centers for Disease Control Food and Drug Administration Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Department of Agriculture Land Use Planning Comm. Peace Corps
Department of Environmental Protection NJ State Department of Health U.S. Forest Service
Environmental Protection Agency National Institutes of Health Water Resource Council

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
Colgate-Palmolive Company R&D Student Intern

Institute of Marine and Coastal Science Laboratory Research Assistant

Advanced physical therapy Physical Therapist Assistant

Colgate-Palmolive Oral CareResearch & Development Intern

Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists Medical Intern

Knowledgent Marketing and Sales Intern

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Biological Sciences
Organization Job Title
Nature Conservancy Administrative Assistant

Jacobus Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemist

Hoffmann-La Roche Assistant Scientist

Schering-Plough Assistant Scientist

Merck & Co. Biologist

Spex Industries Chemical Sales Assistant

Medical Diagnostic Laboratories Clinical Laboratory Tech

BioPharm Clinical Research Associate

USFDA Consumer Safety Officer

Englewood Hospital Cytologist Technician

Merck & Co. Health Physicist

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Biological Sciences
Agilent Technologies Account Manager

USDA (MS Animal Science) Animal Scientist

Regulatory Affairs, Bristol-Myers Squibb (MBA) Assistant Manager

University of California Assistant Professor, Life Sciences

Psychiatry, GWU (MD) Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

SUNY Health Sciences Ctr. (PhD Cell Bio.) Asst. Prof

Institute of Ecosystem Studies (PhD Ecology) Asst. Scientist

Bristol-Myers Squibb (MS Biotechnology) Associate Clinical Scientist

Bio/dynamics (Board certified) Assoc. Dir., Toxicology

Schering-Plough (MS Microbiology) Associate Scientist

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Albert Einstein College of Medicine PhD Biomedical Sciences

Arcadia University MS Genetic Counseling

Boston College MA Psychology

Boston University, School of Medicine MD

City University of New York PhD Educ. Admin.

Colorado State Univ. Vet. School DVM

Colorado State University DVM Veterinary Medicine

Columbia University MS Biotechnology

Drexel University Medical School MD

Fairleigh Dickinson University M.Ed. Education

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