Biology majors work with their academic advisor for guidance through their four years at CSB/SJU. It is the job of an academic advisor to:
During spring semester of a student's first year, the Biology Department will assign advisers to students who are planning to apply to become Biology majors. This is done based on preferences that a student has communicated to the faculty member assigning advisors and on supply and demand. If you are wondering who to ask for as an advisor, consider what professors in the department work in a field of Biology you are interested in, and who you get along with and can talk to. Click here to find out more about the Biology faculty at CSB/SJU.
Internships consist of off-campus study or research developed by students, under the guidance of a faculty member. Up to four biology credits will be given for off-campus projects. Students may also design a semester-long, interdisciplinary internship that earns credit from several different departments. For example, a student recently completed an internship in neuroimmunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Most of her efforts centered on the basic study of immunology and how it applies to neurological problems. She received biology credit, as well as credit from the communication and management departments. If you plan to attend graduate or professional school, you are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities.
Students who major in biology are prepared to enter graduate studies in the biological sciences; science education; and professional education in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Biology majors and minors often go on to professional careers in law, education, business and government service, as well as to laboratory research positions in industrial and academic settings. 20 to 25% of all CSB/SJU biology graduates go to graduate or professional school immediately after graduation. After working a few years, another 25 to 30% pursue graduate work. CSB and SJU rank 30th in the nation among undergraduate schools for the number of graduates who have gone on to earn a Ph.D.
Many work-study positions are available in the Biology Department for undergraduates including teaching assistants, lab assistants and clerical positons. Most positions employ students for five to six hours/week and all positions are supervised by either biology faculty or staff. Thus they provide an excellent opportunity to get to know members of the Biology Department. Contact xxx for more information.
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