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The Biology Major

Biological Sciences include the study of life from the simplest forms of plants and animals to the highly complex structure of the human being. It includes the study of how organisms are structured as well as how they function and relate to each other. The biology curriculum prepares students for graduate study, academic and industrial research positions, secondary education, quality assurance, forensic science, non-for profit environmental and conservation area as well as entry into medical, veterinary, dental, and other professional schools.
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Relevant Coursework

Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Computer Science, Molecular Genetics, Statistics, Organic Chemistry, Human Anatomy/Physiology, Botany, Zoology, Genetics, and Technical Writing
Course requirements for the Biology major at Carthage


  • Instructing
  • Coordinating Work with Others
  • Attention to Detail
  • Making Decisions
  • Writing
  • Recording Data
  • Conducting Research
  • Gathering Information
  • Operate Scientific Equipment
  • Statistical Awareness
  • Oral & Written Communication
  • Numerical Computation
  • Analytical & Quantitative Abilities
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork

Outlook for Field

Employment of biological scientists is projected to grow 21 percent much faster than average for all occupations through the year 2018, as research and development continues to drive job growth.  Employment growth which has been rapid over the last few decades will moderate as the industry matures with fewer new firms being founded and existing firms being absorbed by larger biotechnology or pharmaceutical firms.


Nationally biology and life science majors with bachelor’s degrees reported starting salaries of $34,908 in 2010. Biological technicians had starting salaries of 28,380 with a median salary of $39,320. Starting salaries for microbiologists were $46,330.

Possible Career Paths

  • Physical Biochemist
  • Immunologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Wetlands Ecologist
  • Zoologist
  • Lab Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Physician
  • Game Biologist
  • Forester
  • Laboratory Specialist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Florist
  • Medical Examiner
  • Aquarium/Zoo Administrator

Employers of Carthage Graduates in this Major

  • ATO Findley – Research and Development
  • ERPA, Inc. – Quality Technician
  • North Ozaukee County Schools – Science Teacher
  • Kenosha Animal Hospital - Veterinarian
  • Abbott Laboratories – Quality Lab Technician
  • Walgreens – Pharmacy Technician
    Medical College of Wisconsin – Lab Technologist
  • Quest International – Lab Technician
  • Santa Barbara Zoological Society – Education Specialist
  • Vista Health – Medical Technologist
  • Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Women’s Health Care Sales Representative
  • Racine Zoo – Conservation Education & Animal Welfare Keeper

Carthage grads have pursued graduate studies in: Environmental Studies, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences

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