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Biological Sciences

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Careers in Biological Sciences

From CRISPR gene editing technology to global climate change solutions, biologists are using new breakthroughs to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. UChicago offers a world-class biological sciences curriculum and comprehensive career support to prepare students for these rewarding careers, including bioengineering, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, public health, sustainability, and more. Students of all years and majors are welcome!

College students and alumni pursuing clinical career pathways such as allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medicine are encouraged to connect with our Careers in Healthcare team that provides comprehensive support in preparing for the health and medicine application process.  Careers in Biological Sciences supports UChicago students that don’t intend to attend medical school, leveraging a rich UChicago liberal arts core and biological sciences curriculum to pursue meaningful career pathways in research, education, policy, business, and other interdisciplinary fields. 


Biological Sciences Career Pathways

Explore all of the pathways within biological sciences, and start your journey today impacting science, healthcare, and society through the study and application of biological principles. 

Coursework at UChicago prepares future leaders in these areas – more information about the different pathways through majors and minors offered through the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division can be found here.  


Dave Lerner, Program Director of Careers in Biological Sciences, received his PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago before teaching middle school science and designing curricular resources in the Denver Public School District.  Dave also gained experience working with students as a Teach for America corps member in Chicago.  Dave serves as the lead adviser for students interested in pursuing biological sciences career paths - you can schedule an appointment with Dave on Handshake or contact him directly at