Biology Careers

Goshen College Alumni

Here are current positions held by some biology alumni:

Overview of Biology

According to the American Institute of Biological Sciences:

“Studying biology teaches us to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence, and solve problems. Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another, and how they evolve. They may study cells under a microscope, insects in a rainforest, viruses that affect human beings, plants in a greenhouse, or lions in the African grasslands.

Their work increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern, such as environmental depletion, threats to human health, and maintaining viable and abundant food supplies.”

About the Coursework

In addition to the excellent on-campus facility for the study of biological science, GC also offers exceptional locations for field work. Most field biology courses take place at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, a 1,189-acre natural area located 30 miles from campus. This preserve contains prairies, grasslands, upland forests, lowland forests, lakes, ponds, and senescent bogs.

Areas of interest for which majors may prepare by careful selection of courses include: agriculture, allied health (medical technology, pharmacy), biotechnology, botany, cellular biology, ecology, environmental biology, field biology, genetics, human biology, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biology, pre-professional (dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy), teaching biology, tropical agriculture, wildlife biology or zoology.

Possible courses include:

  • Biological Principles I & II
  • Marine Biology
  • Land Management
  • General Entomology

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Microbial Biology


For a full list of courses and requirements, refer to the course catalog.

Teacher certification in Life Sciences or Life Sciences and Chemistry is also available. See the education department’s website for more information.

Possible Career Paths

The possible career choices are broad for every major. GC biology graduates are active in human medicine, veterinary medicine, the agricultural sciences, cell biology, microbiology, marine biology, biotechnology, ecology, environmental analysis, science communications and science education, as well as basic research in numerous biological areas.

The list below will provide you with several additional career options, but it is not exhaustive. Please note that some positions require additional education.

  • Aquarium Technician
  • Biochemist
  • Biometrician
  • Botanist
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian & Nutritionist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Forest Manager
  • Horticulture Scientist
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Hydrographic Surveyor
  • Marine Biologist
  • Meteorologist

  • Neurobiologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paramedic
  • Parasitologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Public Health Director
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Technical Writer
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoologist

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