Anna Plantinga '13 won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship as a Calvin student. She is now studying biostatistics in a PhD program at University of Washington.

Biology may be one of the most versatile degrees to meet the needs of the world in the twenty-first century. Whether you specialize in environmental science, human health or our other areas of study, you will find many opportunities to serve God and His creation with your skills and knowledge.

Here are just a few career possibilities for biology and related majors:

  • Attend medical school and become a physician
  • Work at a medical research laboratory, developing medicines to treat diseases
  • Teach biology to high school students
  • Develop sustainable agriculture techniques in the U.S., Africa, southeast Asia or Latin America
  • Care for livestock as a farm veterinarian
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  • 100%

    2013 biology graduates who reported being employed or in graduate school one year after completing their degrees.

  • 61%

    Of biology-related graduates in 2013 went to graduate school.

  • Top 5%

    Calvin’s ranking among baccalaureate colleges whose graduates go on to earn PhDs

Explore biology careers

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a great place to learn more about careers in biology, including those careers that are on the cutting edge of the field.

Some new directions in biology, according to the AIBS, include:

  • Forensic science
  • Biostatistics
  • Science journalism
  • Political policy work
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Graduates schools recent biology alumni are attending

  • Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  • Michigan State University Industrial Microbiology program
  • Boston University for Masters of Science in Nutrition
  • Case Western Reserve Dental School
  • Colorado State University Master’s degree in Bioagricultural Science and Test Management
  • Creighton University Pharmacy School
  • Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry
  • Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Michigan State University in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics PhD program
  • Michigan State University M.D./Ph.D. program
  • Michigan State University PhD program in Plant Biology
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Northwestern Medical School
  • Northwestern University in the Interdepartmental Biological Sciences PhD Program
  • Northwestern University Masters Genetic Counseling
  • Northwestern University, Doctor of Physical Therapy program
  • Purdue University PhD in micriobiology
  • Queen’s University, Pathology Department
  • Scripps Institute in immunology
  • Southern California University of Health Sciences School of Chiropractic
  • St. Louis University School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • University of Chicago School of Medicine
  • University of Colorado-Health Sciences Center’s Biomedical Sciences
  • University of Detroit Mercy Dental School
  • University of Kansas PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology
  • University of Michigan Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology Masters of Public Health program
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a Master’s degree in Nutrition
  • University of Pennsylvania - Ph.D. in Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
  • University of Pittsburgh medical school
  • University of Utah masters in Human Nutrition and Sports Dietetics
  • University of Western Ontario for MS in Molecular Biology
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison for a PhD in Philosophy of Biology
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison Vet School
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison plant breeding and genetics program
  • Van Andel Institute PhD program

See the full list of recent graduate schools biology alumni have attended. 

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