5 Surprising skills that develop when you study biology

Assumption College Undergraduate

biology research lab Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Assumption can lead to a number of exciting career options, some you may have never even considered. Start by taking courses that dive deep into the ways cells function and regenerate; explore fascinating fields like genetics, immunology, the oceanic ecosystems and more. Some important skills will cultivate organically over the course of your four years. Five of these surprising skills are found below.


1. Problem-solving

Solving research problems and asking big questions creates the kind of person who thinks about problems and their solutions differently and creatively.

“I know businesses — not scientifically oriented — that like to hire students who have done scientific research because of the way that it trained them to think about problems.” – Assumption Biology professor Dr. Jessica McCready

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2. Grit

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas A. Edison

Biologists understand that they may not succeed in finding the answer to a research question on the first try. This builds an ability to persevere and keep going in all areas of life, in and outside of the lab.

3. Flexibility and adaptability

Flexibility: one’s ability to easily modify in response to altered circumstances or condition. Adaptability: one’s ability to adjust to new conditions. Both are desired traits in every work environment. Scientists are comfortable with changing variables, and adapting to situations in every aspect of life.

“Conducting research alters your way of thinking to allow you to be better at troubleshooting problems and helps you to become less frustrated when things aren’t going your way.” – Assumption Biology professor Dr. Jessica McCready

4. Sustainability

Biology is at the forefront of ecological issues. When you understand how incredibly connected the world is — the different ecosystems, the biodiversity, geography, and more — you hold a very deep respect for all things living and breathing within the world.

This January, Assumption students traveled to Costa Rica — a country with the highest percentage of protected areas in the world — to study the country’s wildlife, the rainforest, and the culture.

“Seeing everything from monkeys to sloths to toucans, and tarantulas in the wild will be something I will remember forever. There was such a diversity of animals and plants and trees that could only be seen in person to be believable,” Assumption student Sondra Savickas said.

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5. Understanding the big picture

The study of biology connects us to the world we are living in and reminds us of our interconnectedness with all other life forms. Biology majors understand impacts both on a scientific-level, like impacts of human, natural and environmental changes on ecosystems, but also on a human-level — the interconnectivity of our lives.

Wherever Assumption biology majors end up, they inadvertently take with them these skills and many others that put them on a path towards success in every definition of the word.

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