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Biology Career & Graduate School Opportunities

Biology and the other laboratory science disciplines at Morris have a strong track record of preparing students for science careers. It is extremely common to hear Morris alumni say they were the more prepared than their classmates in graduate or medical school. In fact:

  • Almost 75 percent of Morris biology majors are employed in a biology-related field.

  • Compared to 45 percent of all Morris alumni, 62 percent of biology graduates pursue graduate and professional school (27 percent directly after graduation).

  • In recent years Morris biology majors who also earned teaching licenses have been placed across the state of Minnesota, including the Henning, South Washington County, Norwood, Prior Lake-Savage, and Mora public school districts and a variety of private and charter schools.

Morris science alumni have completed graduate degrees at many of the most prestigious universities in the United States. Examples include:

  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Mayo (medical and graduate)
  • Scripps
  • Stanford University
  • University of California Berkley
  • University of California Davis
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

Interested in a Career in the Health Sciences?

Morris graduates have a well-deserved reputation for being prepared for a successful career in

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Other health professions

Morris graduates also have an excellent track record of being admitted to medical schools at both the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Morris pre-med graduates have been admitted to medical schools all over the United States.

Visit the Morris pre-med page for more information.

Successful outcomes

Morris biology majors enjoy great success in professions including:

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • Natural resource management

  • Morris biology majors are highly sought by prestigious employers like the Mayo Clinic.
  • Morris-trained biology teachers are found at high schools throughout the state. The campus education program allows our majors to gain a teaching certificate before graduating.
  • Recent alumni have gone on to graduate school in forensic science, forestry, microbiology, neurobiology, nutrition, science museum curation, and a variety of other fields.
  • The biology major at Morris prepares you for fast growing, well paying careers:
Projected growth by 2016 (percent)
Salary in Minnesota Nationally In Minnesota Media 2007
Biochemists 16 14 $70,000
Biological Technicians 16 15 $45,600
Biology Teacher (high school) 23 23 $52,800
Dentist 9 7 $150,000+
Environmental Scientist 25 22 $57,000
Environmental Science Teacher HS 23 23 $56,000
Pharmacists 22 23 $110,100
Physician Assistants 27 31 $83,900
Physician (GP) 14 17 $150,000+
Registered Nurses 23 29 $66,300
Veterinarians 35 39 $74,200

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections

Growth projections are for 2006-2016.

The “average” projected career growth rate is just shy of 10%—all except “dentist” on the above list are classified as having demand growth of “faster than average” or “much faster than average”