Who Hires Biologists?
Occupational Outlook for Biological Scientists Handbook

Additional Transfer Information

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Dr. Zoe Fitzgerald with StudentsSome transfer schools require

  • MAT 180: Calculus & Analytic Geometry and/or MAT 175: Statistics.
  • Some transfer schools require BOTH a physics sequence and organic chemistry sequence for a B.S. degree; B.A. degrees often require either sequence (not both).
  • It is important to take your ACT exam early (by the end of the third semester or earlier).
  • Many transfer schools require an ACT score of 26 or better.
  • If you want to teach secondary biology, a B.A. degree may be a good choice.
  • Take the CBASE exam (as well as the ACT) by the end of the third semester.

Biology electives may include

  • BIO 245/247: Microbiology and Lab
  • BIO 240/243: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 241/244: Anatomy & Physiology II

(Check with your transfer institution before taking these courses.)

Area Four-Year Universities
That Offer Biology Degrees


  • Truman State University
  • Missouri State University of Science and Technology
  • Missouri State University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville


  • Fontbonne University
  • Lindenwood University
  • Maryville University
  • St. Louis University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Webster University

There are opportunities to participate in the STEP undergraduate research program at Truman State University.
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Who Hires Biologists?

Teaching institutions

  • Colleges and universities
  • Community and junior colleges
  • Technical schools
  • High schools

Industries involved with the development and application of new products

  • Agricultural products and pesticide production
  • Biological testing
  • Biotechnology
  • Food industry
  • Health-related consumer items
  • Independent research laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical sales and production

Governmental agencies are primary employers of biologists. Federal agencies include

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Geological Survey
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Park Service
  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Agriculture

Most states have agencies that are potential employers, such as

  • Agricultural extension services
  • Resource protection authorities
  • Forest services
  • Health departments
  • Natural resource conservation boards
  • Water quality and water development boards
  • Zoo, aquaria and museums

Occupational Outlook for Biological Scientists Handbook

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