What can you do with a life sciences degree?
The life sciences delve into the basic organization and processes of life (microbes, plants and animals) at scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems and in time from picoseconds to millennia. This includes investigations into how hereditary information is transferred and organisms evolve, the interplay of organisms and their environments, and how these factors interact in health and disease. Students interested in a degree in life sciences can pursue a variety of careers ranging such as doctor, winery microbiologist, educator, researcher, environmental consultant, illustrator, business systems analyst, genetic counselor, and more.
Career exploration resources
The Career and Professional Development Services office can help you plan your career and develop job-search skills:
- Explore career pathways
- Create a winning resume
- Connect with ASU alumni and other professionals through the ASU Mentor Network
- Find jobs and internships through Handshake
- Prepare for graduate or professional school
- Practice interview skills through InterviewStream
- Workshops and career-related events
The career advising team is available for the rest of your life as you move through different phases of your career. They are located on every campus as well as through ASU Online.
Get started on your career exploration and planning
On your My ASU > Campus Services > Career Planning, Career Milestones are available to guide you in your professional development, no matter where you are in your career journey!
Track your progress and find out more about available professional development resources available to you with Career Milestones! Get started today on the Campus Services or Resources tab of your My ASU account, or on the ASU Mobile App.
'Science of ...' career exploration events
Once a semester, the undergraduate advising office organizes events where students can explore unexpected pathways utilizing their life science education and skill set. Click below to view the recordings from past events:
- Science of Wine
- Science of Beer
- Science of Business Part 1
- Science of Naturopathic Medicine
- Science of Business Part 2
- Science of Making an Impact (exploring how to combine an interest in service and science through national service programs, such as the Peace Corps)
Explore SOLS' undergraduate program options to find your 'SOLSMATE'
Do you ever wonder if you’re in the right major? If maybe there is a different concentration that might be a better fit for you? We encourage you to look at our library of videos with SOLS' faculty to learn more about our programs.
Organized by the School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Advising Office, the goal of this video series is to expose students to a broader range of career possibilities with a degree in the life sciences. Learn how our various life science programs can lead to careers in medicine, research, conservation, education, public health, law, politics, marketing, community outreach and more. These videos are your chance to visit with a representative from each major or concentration area (e.g. biomedical sciences, biology and society) to find your “SOLSMATE”.
- Interview with Courtney Stone regarding pre-health pathways and the biomedical sciences program
- Dr. Jane Maienschein discusses the biology & society program
- Learn more about the conservation biology & ecology program from Dr. Sharon Hall
- Explore the biomedical sciences program with Dr. Jon Harrison
Connect and build skills through professional organizations and networking
It is never too early to start building your professional network and knowledge by getting involved in professional organizations related to the life sciences or other personal interests.
Meet alumni and other professionals in the field
A great way to important to connect with people in the field through informational interviews, shadowing, volunteering, actually putting yourself in that industry to get a better lay of the land and determine if it’s the best path for you.
- Career and Professional Development Service's page with resources on connecting with others
The ASU Mentor Network offers all levels of connection from one-time quick chats to informational meetings to more formal matched mentor programs. You control how many connections and how often you can connect. It is really easy to get started.
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Build your online network and explore opportunities through LinkedIn
Free membership with AZBio
As a student in the School of Life Sciences, you are eligible for a free Life Sciences Student membership with the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio). You can get involved by:
Organizations for underrepresented groups
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society
- Association for Women In Science
- Center for Advancement of Hispanic in Science and Engineering Education
- Ecological Society of America: Seeds
- Minorities in Agricultural, Natural Resources and Related Sciences
- Society for Advancing Chicanos & Native Americans in Science
Life science-affiliated organizations
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology or Section of Intellectual Property Law
- American Institute of Biological Sciences
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- American Medical Writers Association
- American Society of Agronomy
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- American Society for Microbiology
- American Medical Association
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- Animal Behavior Society
- Association of Earth Science Editors
- Association of Medical Illustrators
- Association of Zoos & Aquariums
- Association of University Technology Managers
- Biotechnology Innovation Organization
- Bureau of Reclamation
- Center for Neighborhood Technology
- Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes
- Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
- Council of Science Editors
- Ecological Society of America
- Entomological Society of America
- Friends of the Earth
- Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
- Institute of Food Technologies
- International Association of Science, Technical, and Medical Publishers
- International Federation of Environmental Journalists
- International Society for Behavioral Ecology
- International Society of Photosynthesis Research
- Mycological Society of America
- National Association of Biology Teachers
- National Association of Environmental Professionals
- National Association of Science Writers
- National Park Service
- National Science Teachers Association
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Patent and Trademark Office Society
- Smithsonian Research Centers
- Society for Conservation Biology
- Society for Ecological Restoration
- Society of Environmental Journalists
- Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Society for Mathematical Biology
- Society for Neuroscience
- Society for Technical Communciation
- U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U. S. Forest Service
- U. S. Geological Survey
- Wildnerness Society