Why should I enroll in graduate studies in Biology?
In today's knowledge economy, an undergraduate degree is often not sufficient. A degree in Biology graduate studies opens students up to enhanced opportunities in many fields, including research, advanced health care, applied biology, education, law, business, and computing.
Graduate education is essential for a career in scientific research. Many biologists perform their research at universities where they teach in their area of specialty. Other biologists are employed by industries where they perform research in fields such as biotechnology, drug development, and food development and processing. Graduates from our M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programs have gone on to research careers in diverse roles and institutions.
Healthcare workers apply their biological knowledge to help others. While most healthcare workers enter healthcare professional schools after a B.Sc. in biology or related fields, there is an increasing number of M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduates in biology entering these professional schools to be further trained as physicians, veterinarians, dentists etc.
Many individuals who have a love of the outdoors seek professions that require Biology degrees in B.Sc., M.Sc., and/or Ph.D., depending on their specific roles. Applied biologists enter into many different professions, including horticulturists, fisheries biologists, and zookeepers, all of them must be well trained in the life sciences. Employment opportunities in these areas can be found in private companies, not-for-profit sectors, and federal, state, and municipal government agencies.
Education is a continually growing field for graduating biologists. Graduates in our M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs are teaching at all levels, from primary to secondary, collegiate, university, and professional school levels. However, museums, zoos, and nature centers also hire educators, exhibition designers, and other specialists who have strong biology backgrounds to interact with a variety of stakeholders, plan and carry out exhibitions, give tours, plan and teach educational programs, and even give hikes through nature trails.
BUSINESS AND CONSULTING
The problem solving, hands-on technical, and analytical skills learned in graduate research make Biology graduate degrees an important asset in the broad business world. For example, biologists are hired as consultants in investment companies. Lawyers that work with environmental issues, forensics, or biotech companies require a biological background. Businesses that sell biological products hire sales managers with degrees in biology. These businesses also hire regulatory affairs people with research background in biology to put together scientific information about their products for approval by regulatory agencies.
BIOLOGY AND COMPUTERS
The Department of Biology at McMaster University has several mathematical biology professors working on diverse fields of research, from infectious diseases modeling to genome sequence analyses. The combined training in Biology coupled with some computer training has landed our graduates positions in web server design and management, bioinformatics, and scientific programming for companies and institutions.