A Step in the Right Direction
The future is often unpredictable. Luckily, embarking on an education in the sciences with Clemson is an exciting journey with enough flexibility to meet your goals.
Our program is designed to expose you to a wide variety of biological areas and research. We also host a number of clubs and organizations that enhance your resume and connect you with like-minded individuals. The background obtained by Biological Sciences and Microbiology majors will enable you to better understand and relate to the modern world with its complex problems, many of which are biological in nature.
Many job opportunities exist in both the academic and non-academic communities. For our students who continue on to graduate school, teaching jobs are available in colleges and universities, as well as research and management opportunities in government and industry. Many biologists and microbiologists are employed by industry, environmental engineers, and consulting firms. City, state, and federal agencies are also prime employers of biologists and microbiologists.
And in the spirit of discovery, career opportunities in biology are exciting and often adventurous. Jobs with universities, state and federal government agencies, the military, and private businesses often include a chance to travel and explore exotic or remote regions of the world. Many of our professors offer research trips that include field work in India, Florida, Panama, Costa Rica, and Dominica.
In the Southeast, jobs are available at agencies such as the Energy Research and Development Administration's (ERDA) Savannah River Ecology Lab at Aiken, SC (SREL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (TN), Tennessee Valley Authority in Tennessee and North Carolina, Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control Center in Atlanta, the Environmental Protection Agency, Yerkes Primate Center in Atlanta, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, and many zoos and zoological parks, to list a few.
Other options can include:
In addition to job opportunities immediately upon graduation, the Biological Sciences and Microbiology degrees prepare students for admission into a wide variety of graduate programs in biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology. With a careful selection of courses in allied fields or an emphasis area, students can prepare for more specialized programs in areas such as environmental toxicology, bioengineering, environmental sciences, animal sciences, physiology, ecology, zoology (ornithology, mammology, parasitology, herpetology), biophysics, biomathematics, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, biochemistry, genetics, pharmacology, ecology, horticulture, molecular biology, cell biology, evolution, marine biology, aquaculture, wildlife biology, and others. The student's faculty advisor can suggest courses relevant to the student's particular interests and objectives.
Doctors, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists and veterinarians are biologists. Some of the health care professionals work directly with patients, while others are involved in the rapidly advancing frontiers of medical research. In both cases, a degree in Biological Sciences or Microbiology is excellent preparation for professional school in the health sciences. In fact, Biological Sciences is the most popular major at Clemson University for students with an interest in human medicine and health care and is one of two common majors chosen by students wishing to apply to a school of veterinarian medicine. Students wishing to learn more or take a three-year path to med school may check out our Pre-Health advising, which offers excellent assistance for students wishing to continue their education in medicine, health care, pharmacy, or physical therapy.