Many SLU biology graduates go on to major medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, and graduate schools. Other biology graduates become professional researchers in various agencies and corporations. Many state and municipal governments maintain active research laboratories. Research opportunities with the federal government include the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Office of Naval Research, and NASA. A number of major companies, including Monsanto, Sigma Chemical, and Mallinckrodt, also conduct biological research right here in the St. Louis area. Institutional research, often affiliated with private or public universities and philanthropic foundations, offers a variety of research and development opportunities. Some of these facilities are the Argonne, Oak Ridge, and Los Alamos Laboratories, as well as the Smithsonian Institute and American Museum of Natural History.
Other employment opportunities for biology graduates include positions at museums, zoological and botanical gardens, hospitals, and various agencies. Graduates may also pursue careers in education, business, and sales and management with chemical, pharmaceutical, or scientific equipment manufacturers.
Click on the links below to download Powerpoint presentations on how to investigate career development opportunities including summer research, internships and applying to graduate school.