Biology Education (Secondary Certification)

As a biology student at UC, you’ll work with skilled faculty members from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom hold a doctorate degree from an outstanding institution. As a part of this post-secondary education certification, you’ll benefit from their interest in biology and dedication to teaching as well as their diverse educational backgrounds and professional specializations.

Not only will you learn from and interact with a dynamic group of people, but you also will study in the state-of-the-art Correll Science Center, Cumberlands’ newest academic building. Laboratories and classrooms equipped with the latest media, audio and data transmission technology as well as study areas and a computer lab provide an outstanding learning environment.

Biology education opportunities outside the classroom include specialized research through independent course work, field study in the United States, Presidential Scholar research and study abroad. Additionally, you can gain valuable hands-on experience by assisting in labs and with faculty research. Each year, Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, sponsors guest speakers, field trips, and service projects.

Completion of your biology studies with secondary education certification will qualify you for your career in education. Or, you may choose to continue in graduate study to prepare for a career in post-secondary education or one of many fields, including, medicine, environmental studies or biotechnology.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

As you complete your primary and certification studies in the department of biology, you’ll be qualified for entry-level positions in whatever area of biology you’ve chosen. You may become a teacher, laboratory scientist, lab assistant, technician, research assistant, or any of many other professional options.
You may also go on to earn an advanced degree in graduate school aiming to work in environmental studies or biotechnology fields as an agricultural engineer, biochemist, cytotechnologist, ecologist, entomologist, environmental scientist, marine biologist, pharmacist, physician, or rehabilitation therapist.

Careers that start* with Biology:

Health Field:

  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Lab Tech
  • Dentistry
  • Chiropractic
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Veterinarian

Laboratory Research:

  • Hospitals
  • US Government
  • Private Industry
  • Cosmetics
  • Foods Industry

Field Positions:

  • EPA
  • Forestry
  • Park Ranger
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Missions
  • Army Corp. of Engineers
  • Peace Corp
  • Department of Natural Resources

*These are but a few of potential careers associated with a biology major. A Bachelor of Science or Arts is considered a minimum degree needed for most positions. Many require the M.S. , or M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.