Careers and Outcomes

A biology degree from Elmhurst will set you up for a successful career in research, medicine, biotechnology, academics—or any other field you can imagine.

Our graduates have an exceptional rate of acceptance into top graduate and professional programs, and they go on to a wide array of rich, rewarding careers. Among our recent alumni are:

  • A Fulbright scholar who did fieldwork in Thailand before entering an MD program at Rush Medical College
  • A researcher with a national primate center who’s working on the development of diabetes- and obesity-related drugs
  • A former park ranger with the National Park Service in South Dakota who recently completed a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology, specializing in paleontology

Alumni Outcomes

Elmhurst biology students go on to some of the top schools in the country and take on a variety of interesting jobs. Here’s a snapshot of where some recent grads have ended up.

Medical Schools

  • Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine–A.T. Still University
  • Loyola University–Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Midwestern University Medical School
  • Rosalind Franklin Medical School
  • Rush Medical College
  • St. George’s University
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Dentistry Schools

  • Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Dentistry
  • University of Illinois–Chicago College of Dentistry
  • University of Iowa College of Dentistry
  • University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Veterinary Schools

  • Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Purdue University
  • University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ph.D. Programs

  • Albany Medical College
  • Arizona State University
  • Aurora University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Rush University
  • University of California–Riverside
  • University of California–Davis
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Toronto
  • Wayne State University
  • Wright State University

Other Graduate Studies

  • Audiology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Education
  • Educational Administration
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Islamic Studies
  • Law
  • Life Sciences: Genetics and Genomics
  • MBA
  • Medical Technology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Molecular Nutritional Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Optometry
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Pharmacy
  • Plant Biology
  • Podiatry
  • Public Health
  • Zoology


  • Anesthesiologist
  • Botanist
  • Cancer Researcher
  • Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at a Children’s Hospital
  • Clinical Researcher in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Dentist
  • Developmental Biologist
  • Electrophysiology Nurse Practitioner, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Emergency Medicine Physician
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Optometrist
  • Pediatric Physician Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physician, Family Medicine
  • Physician, Internal Medicine
  • Physician, Surgery
  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Professor of Biology
  • Professor of Entomology
  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Research and Development Scientist
  • Research Chemist and Toxicologist
  • Researcher, Oregon Health and Science University National Primate Center
  • Science Teacher, High School
  • Science Teacher, Middle School
  • Scientist at Cabot Microelectronics
  • Statewide Policy and Programs Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Pathologist
  • Zookeeper

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