What Can I Do With a Major In Biology, Society, & Environment?

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Major Information

Biology, Society & Environment (BSE) majors go on to successful careers in sciences, business, academics, government, research, environmental issues, and much more. Many BSE majors go on to graduate school to specialize in medicine, health sciences, law, public health, and other areas. The BSE major focuses on biology, with some coursework in ethics, social sciences, and humanities.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and BSE majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Research and quantitative skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Laboratory experience
  • Problem-solving skills

Interest Code: ISR

Internship & Job Search Websites


Professional Organizations

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized
by the most common career fields they go into (although, keep in mind that there are BSE alumni in all eight of the
career fields).  For more career information for BSE  majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Healthcare & Science


  • Certified Pharmacy Technician, Walgreens
  • Adolescent Injury Prevention Intern, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Clinical Research Associate, Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation
  • Intern, Renstrom Dental Studio
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician, Various
  • Pharmacy Intern, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Pharmacy Intern, CVS Pharmacy
  • Microbiology Technician, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
  • Intern, Hospital Alternativo Andino de Chimborazo
  • Genetics Lab Assistant, University of Minnesota
  • Clinical Research Associate, Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Primate Zookeeper Intern, Como Zoo & Conservatory
  • Research Assistant, Essentia Health
  • Medical Scribe, Elite Medical Scribes
  • Research Assistant, Masonic Cancer Center
  • Clinical Research Associate, HCMC
  • Medical Intern, Edina Pediatrics
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, Fairview
  • Dental Sterilization Assistant, Distinctive Dentistry
  • Student Exercise Intern, Avera Sports Institute
  • Research Associate, Minnesota Medical Research Foundation
  • Research Associate, Hennepin County Medical Center


  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
  • Scheduling Coordinator, Community Dental Care
  • Pharmacy Technician, Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota
  • Quality Control Analyst, Takeda Phamaceuticals
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Mayo Clinic
  • Nursing Assistant, Sholom Home East
  • Medical Scribe, Elite Medical Scribes
  • Medical Assistant, Family Tree Clinic
  • Histology Technician, UW Health
  • Scientific Sales and Sustainability Intern, Kimberly-Clark
  • Research Technician, Calyxt
  • Health Services Coordinator, Scott, Carver, Dakota CAP Agency
  • Forensic Laboratory Technologist, MedTox Laboratories
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, Fairview
  • Nursing Station Technician, University of MInnesota Medical Center
  • Medical Scribe, Noran Neurological Clinic
  • Clinical Lab Associate, Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Patient Service Representative, Aurora Advanced Healthcare
  • Wind Power Developer, PRC Wind
  • Assistant Clinic Manager, University of Minnesota Epidemiology Clinical Research Center


  • Quality Improvement Specialist, Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Clinical Program Consultant, United Health Group
  • Key Account Manager, Bio-Techne
  • Independent Contractor, Extherid Biosciences
  • Surgery Scheduler, Aurora Health Care
  • Environmental Scientist, WSB & Associates

Graduate Programs

  • PharmD, University of Minnesota
  • Master of Nursing, Rush University
  • PharmD, University of Minnesota
  • MPH, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • DDS, University of Minnesota
  • MPH, University of Minnesota
  • MPH, Health Policy & Admistration
  • MPH, Columbia School of Public Health
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Science, Health Care Informatics at University of San Diego
Non-Profit, Human Services, Social Justice


  • Program Counselor, ACR Homes
  • Direct Care Professional, ACR Homes
  • Volunteer Coordination Intern, Minnesota AIDS Project
  • Personal Care Assistant, Student Experience
  • Development Intern, Minnesota AIDS Project
  • Access Assistant, Disability Resource Center
  • Garden and Healthy Food Intern, CAPI USA
  • Grassroots Organizing Intern, Sierra Club
  • Plant Community Ecology Intern, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
  • Research Intern, Cornercopia Student Organic Farm
  • Education/Conservation Intern, Student Conservation Association
  • Personal Care Assistant, Orion
  • Peer Health Coordinator, Boynton Health Services
  • Intern, Center for Homicide Research
  • Disaster Services Intern, American Red Cross
  • Intern, FamilyWise Services
  • Intern, Minnesota Zoo


  • Caregiver, Rakhma, Inc.
  • Volunteer Coordinator, Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Maternal & Child Health Volunteer, Peace Corps
  • Admissions Coordinator, HCR ManorCare
  • Junior Scientist, University of Minnesota
Government, Law, Public Policy, & International Affairs


  • Research Assistant, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
  • Environmental Health Intern, City of Bloomington
  • Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, New Taipei City Public Health Department
  • Project Intern, Clean Energy Resource Teams
  • Intern, Carver County


  • Environmental Health Intern, Hennepin County Public Health Department
  • Public Health Associate, CDC
  • Experienced
  • Conservation Program Coordinator, Urban Roots MN

Graduate Programs

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Juris Doctor, Health Law
  • JD, Health Care Compliance & Health Care Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law