What Can I Do with My Environmental Biology Major?

Overview

The Environmental Biology Major offers students a way of examining the influences and biological forces at work within the ecological world. This major is designed to provide students with a foundation in population, whole organism, evolutionary and environmental biology as well as in chemistry and mathematics. The major will also focus on developing strong communication skills, including critical reading and writing. Students will complete an independent research project, or internship experience, under the guidance of a faculty member specializing in that area of environmental concerns.

Students who major in Environmental Biology will be prepared to continue their education through graduate study in Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and other areas. In addition, they will be prepared to work with agencies dealing with the public policy, conservation, science education, medicine and international relations.

Skills

The study of biology allows for the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows.

Critical Thinking

  • Interpret and critique scientific text, presentations, and primary literature
  • Structure and place understanding with appropriate references to literature
  • Speculate on meanings of data and on possible future directions
  • Ability to relate biology to other disciplines

Communication

  • Present scientific understanding to both scientific and general audiences
  • Speak and write precisely
  • Present scientific ideas arguing from evidence
  • Stimulate interest of audience

Research

  • Design and perform experiments
  • Construct mathematical models in order to test scientific hypotheses
  • Use a variety of sources to develop questions and hypotheses
  • Collection and presentation of data
  • Construct, evaluate, and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data
Sample Internship Opportunities
  • Government agencies/Government relations (e.g., National Institutes for Health, Institute of Biotechnology, Environmental Science, and Computing)
  • Nonprofit agencies (e.g., Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History)
  • Healthcare (e.g., Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy)
  • Biotechnology (e.g. Millennium Pharmaceuticals)
  • Conservation (e.g., SeaWeb, Alaska SeaLife Center)

Where are Georgetown Environmental Biology Majors Now?

  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical salesperson
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Medical Doctor
  • Lawyer Secondary teacher
  • Professor
  • Biotechnologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical researcher and developer
  • Government agency researcher or administrator
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoologist
Relevant Web Sites and Publications

JobScience
MRI Biotech
MentorNet: The E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science
Vault
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
National Academy of Sciences
National Science Foundation
Ecological Society of America
North American Association for Environmental Education
National Environmental Health Organization

Professional Organizations

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Association for Women in Science
Society for Conservation Biology
The U.S. Long Term Ecological Research Network

For information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493. For more information about the major and degree requirements, contact the Department of Biology at Reiss Science Building, Room 406, or via e-mail at biology@georgetown.edu, or call (202) 687-6247.