The Biology major is a general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
Thinking About This Major?
The Center for Career & Professional Development has many tools and resources available to help you choose your major. Below are three of them:
Focus 2: A series of reliable, intuitive, career and education decision-making assessments to help students select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions, and take action in their career development.
Skills developed as a Biology major (via Focus2): Decision making, equipment selection, listening, managing time, problem solving, reading comprehension, reasoning, science, writing and authoring.
What Can I Do With This Major: Learn more about what you can do as a Biology major! Some areas of career options are research, healthcare, biological sciences, ecological biology, biotechnology, and education.
Handshake: UMW’s online career management platform that includes the latest jobs from employers hiring at your school. You can search for organizations based on major, location, job type, and many other categories.
Biology – Current Job Opportunities
Note: Job & Internship opportunities are pulled from UMW’s online job and internship database, Handshake, and update every 12 hours. Log into your UMW Handshake account to find hundreds of other opportunities and events.
Biology – Current Internship Opportunities
Biology Graduate Data
Note: Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
- “knowledge rate” defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities
- “career outcome rate” is the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
Biology Alumni (2018-2022)
Total graduates: 402
Knowledge Rate: 77%
Career Outcome Rate: 82%
- Employed Full-time: 48%
- Employed Part-time: 13%
- Grad School: 18%
- Military: 1%
- Volunteer Service: 2%
- Seeking Employment: 8%
- Waiting on Grad School: 9%
Where do our alumni land?
Alumni Success Stories
UMW alumni are excited to help current students and other alumni succeed in their fields. Below are stories from alumni about their experiences at UMW and after.
Alumni Videos: Visit the Biology Alumni playlist on our youtube page to learn more about our successful alums.
Watch a video from BIO Alabama about one of our alumni, Courtney Valerio!
- American Academy of Forensic Science
- American Institute of Biological Sciences: Careers
- American Society for Microbiology
- American Society of Cell Biology
- American Society of Human Genetics
- American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
- Biotechnology Innovation Organization
- Biotechnology Institute
- Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
- International Society for Computational Biology
- National Academies
- Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnolog