Biology alumni share how their Lafayette education set the stage for their rewarding careers in research and clinical settings
By Stella Katsipoutis-Varkanis
One of the most unique advantages of earning a biology degree from Lafayette is the opportunity it provides students to not only receive a high-quality education in science, but also obtain real-world experience long before their careers even begin.
Access to state-of-the-art laboratories, the chance to conduct impactful independent scientific research under the guidance of seasoned faculty, and the availability of one-of-a-kind research programs like SEA-PHAGES and Science Horizons position students for success in both graduate school and a variety of fields—whether they hope to pursue professions in clinical or research settings. Many research opportunities even result in students being published as co-authors in scientific papers, or presenting their findings at state and national scientific meetings—a rare experience to come across at the undergraduate level.
Biology courses at Lafayette are offered in a wide range of areas, including quantitative, developmental, environmental, conservation, and cancer biology, as well as microbiology, immunology, neurobiology, anatomy, and physiology, among others. The Biology Department also works in conjunction with the Psychology Department to administer a neuroscience major.
These recent alumni provide just a small sample of the many rewarding career paths graduates of the biology program can follow. Read on to find out more about how their Lafayette education set them up for success as researchers and practitioners.