If you are like students that have attended Westfield throughout its rich 150 year plus history, you will probably answer this question with a simple "to get a job." However, the current economic environment is very different than it ever was. The shrinking world, new technologies, new management styles, and new company policies have all contributed to a much more dynamic employment environment than most of our parents experienced. Workers in the labor force today are much more likely to change jobs multiple times during their working careers, and to even change careers during their lifetime of employment. So, what can you expect if you earn a degree in Biology from Westfield State University?
The Biology Department faculty view learning as a continuous lifelong pursuit with many stages, much as a cell goes through many stages during its development. A major axiom of developmental biology holds that cells are relatively undifferentiated in early developmental stages, and have equipotential to become one of thousands of cell types later in development. We see parallels in student development. Consequently, the Biology Department faculty are continuously looking for ways to assist students identify a path suited to their development.
The following list is a sample of the occupations that our recent graduates have entered:
|Microbiology||Environmental Analysis||Fish & Wildlife||Medicine|
|Quality Control Technician||Environmental Consulting||National Park||Service Podiatry|
|Food Science||Environmental Lab Director||Museum Curator||Pharmacy|
|Nursing||Professor of Biochemistry||Dental Hygiene||Teaching|
|Medical Technology||Optometry||Electron Microscopy||Veterinary Medicine|
|Landscaping||Medical Research||Environmental Engineer||Sales|
Our graduates are certainly not limited to the occupations listed above; in fact, the following list represents additional possibilities:
|Biological Illustrator||Physician's Assistant||Oceanographer||Biological Photographer|
|Landscape Architecture||Peace Corps||Soil Science||Toxicology|
|Home Economy||Cytology||Chiropractic||Genetic Counseling|
|Food & Drug Inspector||Endocrinology||Forestry||Horticulture|
|Environmental Planning||Fisheries||Taxidermy||Marine Biology|
|Fish Culture||Aquatic Biology||Paleontology||Respiratory & Physical Therapy|