Life After Graduation

The biology graduate may be employed in a variety of fields including research, education, government service and environmental science, while other alumni pursue advanced degrees. The success of Canisius biology majors who choose to continue their education can be measured by their high rate of acceptance into graduate and professional schools, an average combined rate of 95 percent over the past 10 years. Canisius alumni who majored in biology have become:

  • Physicians (MD and DO), dentists, veterinarians
  • Research scientists
  • College and university professors
  • Teachers
  • Health-science experts with pharmaceutical companies
  • Forensic biologists

What could I do with a biology degree?

Within the various career fields are numerous interest areas, such as biotechnology, public health, marine science, agriculture, toxicology, pharmacology, wildlife and fisheries sciences, physiology, and sports medicine.

  • The biotechnology industry has created numerous entry-level jobs that use skills involved in gene cloning and splicing, recombinant DNA, tissue culture and other areas.
  • Various local, state and federal government jobs are available for those intersted in environmental issues. These jobs range from fisheries and wildlife management to pollution assessment and abatement.
  • Jobs in health related fields such as laboratory research are available locally at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, SUNY Medical School and Buffalo State College.
  • Students interested in teaching at the secondary-school level can major in the Biology Education program, and those interested in the medical technology profession can major in the Medical Laboratory Science program.

The department has developed programs for students interested in Early Assurance Acceptance into the SUNY/Buffalo Medical and Dental Schools and Syracuse Medical School, Joint Degree Programs with SUNY/Buffalo Dental School and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and dual major programs in Biology-Athletic Training and Biology-Psychology.