Why Study Biology at Duke?

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From the underpinning of human physiology to the equilibrium of ecosystems, a Biology degree will give you a deep understanding of nature, with all of its awe-inspiring processes and real-world applications. Gain hands-on knowledge of cutting edge laboratory techniques, travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world and learn how think like a scientist, all while working closely with some of the top researchers in the field.

Our students go on to pursue successful careers in biological research, health professions, business, law and education, both in the private sector and in government. We look forward to meeting you, and to helping you explore the world of possibilities offered by a Biology degree.   

Careers in Biology

A degree in Biology opens a whole world of possible careers. Our alumni have a higher than average acceptance rate in Medical Schools and in other health related fields. Others have gone on to become successful researchers and educators at universities across the globe. Some used the critical thinking they developed in Biology and put it to good use with careers in Law or Business. Many work for the private sector, in Biomedical companies, developing and applying innovative biotechnologies to new products. Those who prefer to work away from the lab bench may also work communicating science to others, in Museums, becoming Outreach coordinators, science journalists and medical writers. 

With a degree from Duke, you will also be in excellent position to make the world a better place by working in policy making. See our Alumni profiles for a sample of the brilliant paths our graduates have followed.