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Department of Biology

Undergraduate Studies

Careers, Grad Schools, Internships & Jobs

Career Day

The Biology/Chemistry Job Fair is jointly sponsored by the Department of Biology and the Arts and Sciences Career Services. This day allows employers the chance to discuss their organizations and professions with a variety of science students at IU. Representatives typically come from numerous corporations, not-for-profit organizations, state and local governments, and hospitals. A variety of students majoring in biology, microbiology, chemistry, and biochemistry attend. The potential student audience totals 500 graduating seniors and 2,000 students majoring in the biology/science fields. These students are interested in entry level positions in laboratories, technical and field areas, research sales/marketing, and management.

Pre-Med and Pre-Professional

Many of our majors are planning to attend a professional program such as medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, pharmacy, or law school once they have earned their undergraduate degree. If you have any questions about any of these disciplines or an area in allied health, please contact the Health Professions and Prelaw Center for additional information. They have listings of pre-requisites, testing information, and volunteer opportunities as well as advising and preparation courses for the MCAT, LSAT, etc. Their web site has a wealth of information also.

Employment and Careers

For part time or full time employment as both work-study and non-work study and for both on and off campus employment, please contact the Career Development Center. Jobs in Biology (work-study and hourly) are listed through the "Job and Internships Listings" on the Career Development Center website.  For positions that are currently available in the Biology department, please see the listings which are posted in Jordan Hall 142.

The American Institute for Biological Sciences has a nice set of career FAQs, as well as employment classified ads for positions around the country.

Graduate School Information and Testing Services

Peterson’s is an excellent resource to obtain information regarding graduate programs, test preparation and financial aid. You can also check out the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) website for test information and IU’s Bureau of Evaluation Services and Testing.

Internships

The mission of the IU Arts and Sciences Career Services is to provide quality services and resources for internship, job placement and other post-graduate options for all IU students with an emphasis on students from the College of Arts and Sciences. Internships can very from 8 weeks to 1 year in length and be either full-time or part-time.

If you plan to do an internship at the Animal Shelter or other scientific area, you should consult Dr. Tansey to see if internship credit can be awarded.

Recommendation Letters

Students planning to attend graduate school or a professional program (medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, optometry, etc.) need to have letters of recommendation to accompany their application. Please refer to the IU Health Professions and Prelaw Center’s website for detailed information on how to approach faculty for letters of recommendation, creating an account for your letters, etc.

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