Professional careers are open to those with
a bachelorís degree in biology, including
laboratory technician, research assistant, and work with such government agencies
as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and
the Forest Service. Frequently, however, a Bachelor of Science in biology is
a stepping stone to further training.
NMSU graduates in biology who continue their education
in graduate school find careers as educators, agriculturists, resource
managers, research scientists,
and industrial executives. Many satisfying careers are open to graduate with
the Master of Science degree, which usually takes two additional years of study
beyond the bachelorís degree. Most graduate students in biology support themselves
with part-time teaching and research assistantships.
Exceptionally able students are encouraged to continue graduate studies for the
Doctor of Philosophy degree. This takes three to four years of study beyond the
M.S. degree. The Ph.D. is usually required for careers in teaching and research
at the university level. Many upper-level researchers in industry and government
also hold the Ph.D. degree.
If teaching in an elementary or secondary school
is your goal, you may enroll in the College of Education and take
the biology courses specified for the Bachelor
of Science in Education degree. Alternatively, you may earn a bachelorís degree
in biology and take the education courses required for certification. Teaching
at a community college usually requires an M.S. degree. If you plan a teaching
career above this level, you should expect to complete a doctoral degree.