Biology Career Guide

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Past Internship Sites:

  • Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway
  • Annis Water Institute
  • MPI Research
  • St. Joseph Mercy Health
  • Michigan Nature Association
  • John Ball Zoo
  • Oceans Research
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • West Michigan Environmental Action Council

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Assistant Ranger – Oregon State Park
  • Watershed Technician – Allegan Conservation District
  • Research Scientist – Amway
  • Quality Control – Founders
  • Animal Care Technician – Cascade Animal Hospital
  • Claims Adjuster – Farmers Insurance
  • Neurofeedback Technician – Neurocore
  • Field Technician – GEI Consultants
  • Environmental Quality Analyst – State of Michigan
  • Training Lead Technician – Bio Life Plasma
  • Sanitarian – Kent County Health Department
  • Quality Lab Analyst – MedJohnson Nutrition
  • Zookeeper – John Ball Zoological Society
  • Quality Assurance Audit Technician – Perrigo
  • Manager – Macatawa Watershed Project
  • Nurse Technician – Spectrum Health
  • Laboratory Specialist – Evoqua Water Technologies
  • Invasive Species Manager – Aquatic Doctors Lake Management
  • Associate Project Manager – Corium International
  • Lab Analyst – Ranir

Biology Spotlights

Megan Damico '18 Spotlight

Megan Damico '18

Spending Fall days at the Sustainable Agriculture Project taking care of the honey bee hives and harvesting vegetables.

Eric Drewry '07 Spotlight

Eric Drewry '07

My favorite memory is probably a collection of memories that I have while working as a dispatcher at the Grand Valley Police Department. I have life-long friends that I met there, I've even officiated two weddings for friends I met at the dispatch desk.

Adam Vande Kerkhoff '18 Spotlight

Adam Vande Kerkhoff '18

My favorite Grand Valley memory was tailgating with my fraternity brothers before football games. Everyone was decked out in GVSU colors, ready to cheer the team on.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • Biology Club
  • Student Environmental Coalition
  • Wildlife Society
  • Soil and Water Conservation Club
  • Beekeeper Club
  • Genetic Counseling Club
  • Pre: vet, med, med/Ph.D., pharm, opt, PA, dental, nursing

Study Abroad Programs

Imagine learning about the delicate marine ecosystems of coral reefs while living on the coast of Australia, taking classes about the ecology of the rainforest and its exotic inhabitants in Costa Rica, or conducting field work in the Sahara or a national park in Kenya. 

Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Grant Writing
  • Research
  • Team work
  • Public speaking
  • GIS Certificate
  • Sustainable City and Regional Planning Certificate
  • Sustainable Food Systems Certificate
  • CENA
  • Phlebotomy

Graduate & Professional Programs

Students with a biology degree may continue on to a graduate program.  Here are some examples of programs students have pursued:

  • Veterinarian School
  • Medical School
  • Professional Science Master’s Program (Biostatistics)
  • Biology
  • Public Health
  • Physician Assistant
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Medical Science

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Page last modified December 12, 2022