The Biology Major

Ave Maria University Department of Biology



The Biology Major

The mission of the Department of Biology and Chemistry is to provide a comprehensive introduction to experimental biological and chemical sciences. This is accomplished not only in rigorous classroom activities, but also through extensive exposure to experimental science in laboratory courses and research labs. Science is by its nature experimental. While a student can learn a great deal from hearing and reading about science, there is no substitute for the essential and rewarding experience of doing science. In the classroom and in the lab, emphasis is placed on experiment design, hypothesis formation, and the scientific process. The Biology and Chemistry program at Ave Maria is designed to provide the biology student - from their very first experience in the lab - with a hands-on introduction to modern experimental techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. Through these class lab experiences, and especially through involvement in research studies mentored by one of the department faculty, students participate in the scientific process that is essential for their maturation as scientists. We encourage you to browse our department website and explore the variety of exciting biological and biochemical course and research opportunities that are available at AMU.

Employment Opportunities for the Biology Major


Marine Biologist

Registered Nurse

Aquarium Technician

Medical Lab Tech

Science Lab Tech.

Aquatic Biologist

Medical Researcher

Science Teacher



Soil Conservationist



State Parks & Recreation





Physical Therapist


Dietitian & Nutritionist


Water Quality Tech


Physician Assistant

Wildlife Biologist


Public Health Worker


 *Some jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor's degree.

 Skills of Biology Majors with Professional Value

  • Analytical and quantitative abilities
  • Ability to operate scientific equipment
  • Understanding of Biology theory
  • Information handling and organization
  • Excellent proficiency in oral and written expression
  • Laboratory experience
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Strategies for Increasing Employability

  • Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one's professional field of interest.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional organizations, which enhance leadership skills and promote networking relationships with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation as teaching/research assistants, or through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job/internship positions.
  • Obtain Ph.D. to direct research projects and lead research teams
  • Plan on attending medical school or other related graduate program
  • Maintain an outstanding grade point average, particularly in the sciences
  • Consider alternative but related careers such as physician assistants
  • Research all of the various fields within medicine to determine career goals
  • Develop strong programming and database management skills
  • Learn biological software systems
  • Obtain an advanced degree in scientific journalism
  • Earn a J.D. degree to practice law
  • Consider an MBA or Professional Science Master's for advanced management and consulting opportunities