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

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Explore this Major

Learn more about the biology, society & environment (BSE) major. 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 research and quantitative skills, ability to work independently and collaboratively, laboratory experience, and problem-solving skills.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "ISR" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.


Internship & Job Search Websites


Professional Organizations

Alumni Career Examples

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 alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Healthcare & Science

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


  • 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
  • Personal Care Assistant, LDR Homecare
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Firpo Lab
  • Research Volunteer, Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Stem Cell Intern, Bio-Techne
  • Marine Mammal Intern, Minnesota Zoo
  • Water Quality Monitoring Intern, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization


  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
  • Scheduling Coordinator, Community Dental Care
  • Pharmacy Technician, Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota
  • Quality Control Analyst, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • 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, Calyx
  • 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 & Administration
  • MPH, Columbia School of Public Health
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Science, Healthcare Informatics at University of San Diego
Nonprofit & Advocacy

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


  • 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
  • Intern, Everyday Miracles
  • Public Policy & Communications Intern, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance


  • 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

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


  • 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
  • Communications Intern, United Nations


  • Environmental Health Intern, Hennepin County Public Health Department
  • Public Health Associate, CDC


  • 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


The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.