EBIO Career Information

The goal of the EBIO concentration is to provide students with the necessary intellectual and technological tools to access and succeed in a wide variety of careers. Students who major in EBIO have career opportunities that include fields such as conservation and natural resource management, teaching, employment at government agencies and parks, biotechnology and pursuit of advanced training in graduate school. Career options might also include working in environmental consulting and non-profits, in zoos and in natural history museums. Many recent EBIO graduates have gone on to graduate school for a MS or PhD, or entered veterinary or medical school. 

Advanced Degrees

Some EBIO students continue their education after receiving a BA in ecology and evolutionary biology. Choices might include a graduate program in ecology or evolutionary biology, veterinary school, law school, or one of the many educational and career choices in the health field.

  • Graduate school in ecology or evolutionary biology: Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree should talk to their advisor and faculty members about possible programs, and how to best prepare. For a listing and comparison of various Master’s and PhD programs in ecology and evolutionary biology, click here.

  • Health professions, veterinary school, law school: Students interested in pursuing a career or further education in health, veterinary medicine, or law, should contact CU’s pre-professional office using the links below:

Pre-Health (including Veterinary)

Local, state and federal resource agencies

Some EBIO students use their skills and experience to find jobs with various local, state and federal resource agencies. There are a variety of ways to look for these positions. For a broad listing of ecology and environmental jobs, click here. For more specific listings:
US Government Jobs
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
US Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Colorado Division of Wildlife
Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Non-profit sector

Many EBIO students enjoy careers working for a variety of non-profit, environmentally-based programs. Some of these programs include wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education.
Sierra Club
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
National Council for Science and the Environment
Wildland Restoration Volunteers

Live animal facilities

EBIO students who enjoy working with animals can search for positions that include working in zoos and/or aquariums.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Private sector

EBIO students may find their skills and interests to be better suited to the private sector. This might include careers in biotechnology, forensic science, or research and design for pharmaceutical companies among others.
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America


EBIO students who plan ahead can fulfill the requirements for a Biology Secondary Education License or may earn one after completing their degree. Students who are interested in secondary education should contact the CU School of Education.

EBIO Careeers Workshop video