Biology

Internships and Careers

At Lake Forest, both quality academic programs and internship experiences help students prepare for the working world. Our proximity to Chicago offers access not only to extensive internship options, but also to a network of powerful alumni and friends.

Career Pathways

Lake Forest College facilitates five career communities called Career Pathways to help students explore major/career options and position themselves for the internships that will help them to further prepare for productive and rewarding careers after graduation. Students from all majors can participate in the Career Pathways to shape their career goals alongside of their academic interests.

Biology majors most often find a home in the Science and Health Care Career Pathway, but depending on interests may be interested in any of the pathways.

To get an idea for which pathways students might join based upon some common biology interests, check these out:

  • Health professions – Science and Health Care
  • Law and policy – Law and Public Service + Science and Health Care
  • Research – Science and Health Care
  • Industry – Science and Health Care
  • Nonprofit management – Law and Public Service
  • Pharmaceutical sales – Business and Finance + Science and Health Care
  • Conservation and environment – Science and Health Care
  • Scientific illustrator – Creative Arts + Science and Health Care
  • Biotechnology – Science and Health Care

Explore the Career Pathways by participating in events, reading profiles of students’ and alumni experiences, and by joining a pathway (or two). Remember to look at the next steps pages to get ideas for immediate ways to prepare yourself for great internships and a productive, rewarding career after graduation. 

Get a job after graduation!

We take advising very seriously at the College. Skilled faculty teach students in the classroom and advise them on how to utilize their skills and interests. Some students choose to major in biology without realizing how many career paths are available to them with this versatile degree. From identifying work environment compatibility to discussing the right coursework, faculty mentors help students make important academic and career decisions.

From identifying work environment compatibility to discussing the right coursework, faculty mentors help students make those important career decisions.

We have a strong track record of getting our hardworking students into medical, dental, nursing, optometry and veterinary schools.

MD/PhD Programs

  • University of California, San Diego Medical School
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Beyond the MD: Health Professionals Programs

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Rush University School of Nursing
  • University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
  • Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Marian University Osteopathic Medical School
  • Illinois College of Optometry
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine

PhD Programs

  • Baylor University
  • University of Rochester
  • Cornell University
  • Columbia University
  • Northwestern University
  • Texas A&M University

Master’s Programs

  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Biology graduates are hired by top organizations and have developed successful careers at employers like these:

  • NorthShore University Health System
  • AbbVie pharmaceuticals
  • Thermo Fischer Scientific
  • Tarte Cosmetics
  • Tyson Foods
  • Illinois Bone and Joint Institute
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical
  • Northwestern University
  • GEI Consultants Inc.

From cosmetic science to MBA programs, biology students pursue advanced degrees in a variety fields.