Biology Graduate Work and Occupations

 A degree in biology can lead to opportunities in many challenging fields like medicine, teaching, research, industry, museums, park and wildlife management, environmental education, conservation, and the health sciences. The job market is large and opportunities are diverse.

With the ability to double major in other fields you can choose from a variety of career plans ranging from physician, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, medial technologist, educator, lab technician, or graduate school in biology related fields. Many students also work in science after graduating, and over 85% of our graduates are involved in biology-related careers.

 A Sampling of Graduates 




City, State

Lisa Schnieders Ainsworth 2002 Physical Therapist Cedar Rapids, IA
Megan Spurgin Andresen 1998 Physical Therapist Cedar Rapids, IA
Joshua S. Armstrong 2005 Phlebotomist Robins, IA
Genevieve Elliott Boyle 2002 Drake Law School Des Moines, IA
Brenda Kell Burge 1995 Communications Officer Peyton, CO
Matthew Cantrell 2000 Pharmacy Resident Hiawatha, IA
Ellen Gaimari Collins 1998 Physician Assistant West Branch, IA
Dr. Michael Condon 1995 Dentist Spokane, WA
Dawn Kann Conklin 1999 Physical Therapist Grand Blanc, MI
Dr. Matthew Dietz 2000 Chiropractor West Dundee, IL
Abby Eillbeck 2003 Physician Assistant Urbandale, IA
Kelly Esslinger 2000 Forensic Scientist, M.S. in Forensic Science from Michigan State Univ. Romeoville, IL
Jody Knake Fairbanks 1996 8th Grade Science Teacher Anamosa, IA
Ashlee Sullivan Fandel 1997 Physical Therapist Cedar Rapids, IA
Patrick Fleming 2004 Illinois College of Optometry Naperville, IL
Dr. Justin Gehling 2001 Chiropractor Glendale, AZ
Aimee Gendreau 1999 QA Lab Supervisor Lexington, KY
Gabriella Gerken 1996 Public Health Microbiologist Hills, IA
Dr. Melanie Giesler 2001 Physician Johnston, IA
Lance Goodall 2004 University of Iowa Medical School Iowa City, IA
John P. Graham 1998 Biology Teacher Marion, IA
Laura Howell 2003 Biology Teacher Davenport, IA
Dr. Matthew Howie 1995 Doctor of Optometry Fort Dodge, IA
Jessica Shadle Johnson 2001 Teacher Cedar Rapids, IA
Allison Hoppmann Johnston 2003 Exercise & Sports Science, M.S. from Iowa State University Oklahoma
Dr. Roman Keller 2000 Physician Royal Oak, MI
Sarah Schulz Kielkucki 2003 Cytotechnologist Manchester, IA
Emily Knoble 2005    
Nicolle Beaver Koenig 1995 8th Grade Science Teacher West Liberty, IA
Dr. Mary Riley Koenigs 1999 Physician Davenport, IA
Dr. Laura Langreck 2000 Physician Cresco, IA
Dr. Todd Lawrence 1997 ER Physician Cedar Falls, IA
Rachel Greiner Longbine 1999 Physical Therapist Ainsworth, IA
Lisa Roe Lynch 1995 Physical Therapist Schertz, TX
Leanne Martin 2002 Preserve Manager, M.S. in Botany from Iowa State University Bennington, NE
Kristin Austin McKinley 1995 Mental Health Therapy Appleton, WI
Kimberly Johnson Meader 2000 Physical Therapist Marion, IA
Lindsey Mescher 2002 Physical Therapist Cascade, IA
Rachel Moe 2005 University of Wisconson, Physician Assistant Program La Crescent, MN
Mark Nall 2005 Palmer College of Chiropractic Marion, IA
John O’ Connor 1997 Science Teacher Cedar Rapids, IA
Nichole Clefisch Plagge 1997 Physical Therapist Cedar Rapids, IA
Jessica Holtz Quinn 2002 Physician Assistant Cedar Rapids, IA
Katherine Nelson Read 2003 University of Iowa, Physical Therapy Cedar Rapids, IA
Dr. Thomas Richmann 1997 Physican Cedar Rapids, IA
Rebecca Richtsmeier 2001 M.S. in Biology from University of Northern Iowa. Adjunct faculty at Mount Mercy College, UNI, and Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
Kate Schroeder Rinnels 2001 Physical Therapist Urbandale, IA
Dr. Kimberly Riesberg Roberts 1997 Rehabilitation Director Red Oak, IA
Jennifer Shaffer 1995 Occupational therapist Monticello, IA
Nicole Peterson Smith 2005 University of Minnesota Medical School Saint Paul, MN
Joan Hammerton Steinmetz 2004 Biology Teacher Cedar Rapids, IA
Dr. Julie Knake Sterling 1997 Physician Cedar Rapids, IA
Carrie Barker Thompson 2004 Law School, University of Iowa Cedar Rapids, IA
Rachel Watts 2005 Physical Therapy Program, University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
Pamela Wernett 2005 Ph.D. candidate in Biosciences, University of Iowa Iowa City, IA