Biology (Secondary Education)

With an undergraduate degree in biology, students will be prepared for graduate study in the life sciences, laboratory work and research in biotechnical and biomedical industries, as well as professional careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, and other allied health areas.

Students also have the opportunity to prepare for a career in teaching biology at the secondary level with the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). The School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offer a fifth-year secondary teacher education program (STEP) leading to a recommendation for Michigan secondary standard teacher certification. This certification is valid for teaching content area majors and minors in grades 6-12.

This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

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    • Career & Salary Information
    • Possible Career Options
    • Median Salary*
    • Education Needed
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    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

    ** These professional organizations provide an excellent starting point for your research. There are many more resources available online.

    Additional Considerations

    Some careers may require additional education. See your academic adviser for more information.

    • Agricultural and Food Service Specialist
    • Animal Care and Service Worker
    • Biological and Medical Scientist
    • Biomedical Engineer