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Biology graduates have numerous career opportunities. Government positions can include wildlife management and environmental research. Private industry uses trained biologists in areas such as sales, management, research and writing. Many additional possibilities exist in the areas of medicine and allied health. Quite a few of our graduates have chosen to continue their education in biology at the graduate and professional school level.
The biology curriculum at Rockford University is designed to develop a strong educational foundation along with the practical skills to perform research in the biological sciences. These skills are further solidified during senior seminar, where our students are challenged to design and implement a research project of choice with the guidance of a faculty advisor.
To supplement research experiences on campus, many biology majors have completed research projects though the National Science Foundation's 'Research Experiences for Undergraduates' program.
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Learn more about the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Rockford University works with a variety of companies and organizations in the Rockford area to provide internship opportunities for biology majors. Our students have done internships with Pierce Biotechnology, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, National Land Institute and Nature Conservancy. Students have taken advantage of internship opportunities for credit and to enrich their learning experience.
Where are they now?
Meghan Porter (’08) was accepted to the physical therapy program at Creighton University in Omaha.
Beau Westin (’08) is enrolled in medical school at St. Matthew’s University in the Cayman Islands.
David Kaplan (F’06) will be spending a year doing biomedical research in Bethesda, Maryland through the National Institute of Health’s Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program.
Lucas Bradley (F ’06) is the education coordinator for the Natural Land Institute.
Jeannie Harrison (S ’05) will be in her 3rd year of veterinary school at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also in the University of Illinois program for a master's in public health.
Hanee Razick (F ’05) is a pharmaceutical sales representative with Forest Laboratories.
Eliona Andoni (S ’02) graduated with a D.O. from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University.
Christine Baumgardt (S ’05) works for Steris in St. Louis doing Research & Development.
Lori Culver (’02) is a sales trainer of pharmaceutical sales representatives for the Ross Products Division of Abbott.
Heath Morrall (S ’02) is working for Euclid Chemical a division of RPM International. He is doing sales for the company which is a manufacturer of construction chemicals.