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Student at Microscope


Biology is a diverse area of study that requires a strong foundation in mathematics, chemistry, physics and advanced coursework. Our curriculum begins with two introductory courses that cover four basic areas—evolution/ecology, organisms, and cell and molecular interactions—and two semesters of introductory lab designed to introduce students to the basis of study in any biological area.

Get Involved:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Teratology Society
  • Tri-Beta
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

Biology at Juniata is exciting. After the introductory courses, we throw out the books. Instead of textbooks, we read academic journals exposing us to real research methods and the most recent findings.

-Andrew Melber ’11

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Steven Gregory ’09 is enrolled in a doctoral program at the University at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Ryan Johnson ’10 is currently in graduate school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences located in Bethesda, Md.

Andrew Melber ’11 is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in biology at the University of Utah.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Jordan Aoyama ’09 is employed in research and development at a genetic testing lab in Maryland.

Creg Drake ’09 is currently teaching 9th grade biology at Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pa. while also pursuing his master’s degree in classroom technology at Wilkes University

You can read about more outstanding Biology graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Biology?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • animal technician
  • bioanalyst
  • food technologist
  • laboratory technician
  • technical writer

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • geneticist
  • microbiologist
  • physician
  • public health administrator
  • research biologist
  • veterinarian

Possible Employers:

  • agricultural chemical companies
  • biological book/journal publishers
  • biological testing laboratories
  • business and industry
  • colleges/universities
  • consulting engineering firms
  • medical corporations
  • pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • schools
  • state/federal government

Related Occupations:

  • botanist
  • coroner
  • ecologist
  • geneticist
  • mortician
  • nutritionist
  • paramedic
  • physical therapist
  • registered nurse
  • zoologist

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a
  • summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network; create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • Argonne National Lab
  • AZ (Arizona) Game & Fish Department
  • Baltimore Zoo
  • Blair County Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Dolphin Research Center, Grassy Key, Fla
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Hershey Medical Center
  • National Cancer Institute
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director