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A Career in Biology

Given the vast diversity of life on earth, it comes as no surprise that the study of biology has opportunities for every inquiring mind.  At the University of Utah, an education in biology exposes undergraduate students to everything from the miniature molecular motors that power bacteria to whale conservation and the biology of global change.

Biology professors and instructors are recognized for their excellence in teaching. Several have won distinguished teaching awards and they bring energy, enthusiasm and creativity to the classroom.

Possible Career Paths


Health & Medicine

physician, dentist, optometrist, veterinarian, medical technologist, biomedical & pharmaceutical sales.


Federal & State Agencies

National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, wildlife & natural resource management, recreation, non-profit agencies.


Academia, Research & Legal

Biology graduates also go on to successful careers in academic research, teaching, business, and the legal profession.



Biology faculty have received numerous prestigious awards for their research which have included most recently the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, the Novitzski prize in genetics, and an NIH Director's award. Research activities in the School of Biological Sciences are supported by more than $12 million annually. Many research faculty have funding to support and train undergraduates in their labs. (You can get a sampling of the research being done at SBS as well as information on the Science Research Initiative, for undergrads.


To give incoming undergraduate students some exposure to a research environment and prepare them for a science degree the University of Utah has developed a summer research program called SPUR.






Science Day at The U

Each fall the Colleges of Science and College of Mines & Earth Sciences host a day-long event of workshops and provide information to high school students about the various opportunities for incoming undergraduates in science. For more information and to sign up for this free event visit the College of Science .

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Frequently asked questions about the Biology Program at the University of Utah