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Biology

Description of Major
The biology curriculum is designed to provide students with biological knowledge and to develop scientific skills as part of their liberal arts education. It prepares students for graduate or professional programs and for careers such as secondary biology education, government service, or private sector employment.

Skills
A liberal arts education and study in a particular major will lead to the acquisition of a group of skills which enable one to solve problems, communicate effectively, and perform complicated tasks. These skills are essential in any career. The following is a list of important and commonly agreed upon career skills identified by UMM biology faculty as a part of the project to Improve Public Understanding of Liberal Learning (IMPULL). The skills are those which all or most students studying biology are likely to acquire through classroom instruction, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.

 
 

Leadership/Management Skills
- applying data
- analyzing
- identifying the critical issues and making
decisions quickly and accurately
- making commitments to others and
following through
- making decisions
- identifying people who can contribute to
the solution of a problem or task
- analyzing the behavior of self and others
in a group

 
 

Communication/Writing Skills:
- comprehending written material
- writing factual material clearly and
concisely
- listening objectively
- reporting accurately
- writing effectively describing objects or
events with a minimum of factual errors
- translating written materials
- summarizing

 
 

Instructing/Educational Skills:
- informing
- instructing
- advising
- explaining
- coaching
- ability to hear and answer questions
perceptively

 
 

Research/Analytical Skills:
- sorting data and objects
- cataloging information
- manipulating information using expertise
in mathematics-using library and research facilities
- calculating
- using numbers as a reasoning tool
gathering information
- perceiving and defining cause and effect
relationships
- applying appropriate methods to test
the validity of data
- using laboratory techniques
- experimental design & analysis
- compiling and selecting information
- compiling and selecting information
- evaluating information against
appropriate standards-manipulating information using expertise in statistics
- reading
- organizing and classifying
- reviewing large amounts of material and
extracting essence
- using a variety of sources of information
- identifying information sources
appropriate to special needs or problems

 
 

Artistic/Creative Skills:
- aware of the value of symbolism - designing and or using audio-visual aids

 
 

Technical/Manual Skills:
- typing
- using computers
- doing detailed and accurate work

 
 

Additional Skills, or Skills Peculiar to the Biology Discipline:
- dissecting
- microscopy
- recognition of environmental
surroundings

 
 

Jobs Obtained by UMM Biology Graduates
Studies conducted by the UMM Career Center have shown that graduates obtain jobs that are both related to their major and jobs that may not be formally related to the major. About 73% of the biology graduates from 1964-1998 said their job was in the same field or related to their undergraduate major. Other studies have shown that liberal arts graduates find employment that makes use of the skills, special knowledge, values, and interests, even though the employment field may not be related to their academic major. Listed below are some jobs obtained by UMM biology graduates:

Agronomy
Anatomy
Anesthesiology
Animal Physiology
Animal Science
Athletic Training
Biochemistry
Biology
Biology Education
Biomed. Engineering
Biophysics
Biostatistics
Biotechnology
Botany
Business Administration
Business Law
Chemistry
Chiropractic Medicine
CLU, ChFC
Computer Science
Counseling/Psych. Serv.
Counseling/Sec. Adm.
Counseling
Curriculum & Instruction
Cytology
Dentistry
Early Child Development
Earth Science
Ecology
Economics
Ed. Admin.
Education
Elementary Education
English
Entomology
Environmental Biology
Environmental Health
Environmental Mgmt.
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Epidemiology
ESL Method
Field Biology
Fish and Wildlife Management
Fisheries
Food Science
Forestry
Gen. Sci./Env. Sci.
Genetics
Geology
Gerontology
Groundwater Engineer
Guidance/Counseling
Horticulture
Human Nutrition
Human Relations
Immunology
Industrial Education
Industrial Relations
Information Systems
International Health
Land Resources
Law
Library Science
Long-Term Care Admin.
Management
Marine Biology
Marketing/Business
Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Divinity
Mathematics
Medicinal Chemistry
Med. Phys.
Medicine
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Mortuary Science
Music Ed.
Natural History
Natural Resources
Natural Science
Neuroscience
Nurse Anesthes.
Nursing
Nutrition
Occupational Therapy
Optometry
Osteopathy Medicine
Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Pharmacology
Philosophy
Physics
Physiology
Plant Sciences
Podiatry
Psychology
Public Health
Public Health Education
Public Policy
Radiology
Range Science
Reproduction
Respiratory Therapy
Science Education
Science
Social Work
Soil Science
Space Law and Policy
Spec. in Ed.
Sports Medicine
Statistics
Urban Forestry
Vet. Phy. & Pharm.
Veterinary Medicine
Vocal Music
Water Resources
X-Ray Technology
Zoology

 
 

There are many occupations that do not require a specific undergraduate major; they are often learned as a result of one-the-job training rather than prior education. What is sought among prospective employees is the development of certain sills and abilities that can be developed not only through an academic major but through courses taken as part of one’s general education, and through internships, directed studies, tutorials, seminars, study abroad, work-study and summer employment, and volunteer experiences.

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