Undergraduate Major Details

Biological Sciences

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Biological Sciences major is in the College of Biological Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Capital Pharmacy Inc
Capitol Periodontal Group
Carepoint Pharmacy
CEA C'E' Ars and Fides
CEA C'E' Scuola Elementare Pubblica
Century Dental Center
Child Family Health International
CommuniCare Health Centers
Davis Compounding Solutions
Davis High School Academic Center
Davis Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
El Dorado Orthopaedics
Endodontic Associates: Drs. Whitnack, Keating, Greene, Bal, and
Eyes on J Optometry
Four Star Farm
Imani Clinic
Katz and Klein Inc.
Kim Leader
Kim Leader Pharmacy
Laguna Creek Orthodontics
Laguna Star Family Dental
McCarthy Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Morgan Stanley
National Cancer Institute
Pacific Dental Services
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Peregrine School
Private Dentist Office
Private Optometrist Office
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry Inc.
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
San Francisco Police Department
Sandia National Laboratories
See Optometric Designs
Smile World
Solano Sports
Solano Sports Physical Therapy
Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
UC Davis - Radiation Oncology
UC Davis Aquatic Toxicology Outreach Program (ATOP)
UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain
UC Davis Children's Hospital
UC Davis Clinica Tepati
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Chicana/o Studies
UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology
UC Davis Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences Forest Genomics Laboratory
UC Davis Department of Psychology Simonton Creativity Lab
UC Davis Geography Graduate Group
UC Davis Health Services
UC Davis Health System (UCDHS)
UC Davis Horse Barn
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UC Davis Medical Center Child Life
UC Davis Medical Center MIND Institute
UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Picnic Day
UC Davis School Of Medicine
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCDSVM)
UC Davis Student Academic Success Center
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis Surgical Research Facility
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)
UCDHS Department of Patient Care Services
UCDHS Division of Hematology and Oncology
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program (EMRAP)
UCDMC - Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Center
UCDMC Accelerated Access Unit
UCDMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UCDMC Cardio Thoracic Step Down
UCDMC Cardiology Davis Tower 6
UCDMC Cast Room
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UCDMC Department of Radiation Oncology
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Endoscopy
UCDMC Falls Prevention Program
UCDMC Hand Therapy
UCDMC Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit
UCDMC Occupational Therapy Inpatient
UCDMC Operating Room
UCDMC Orthopaedic Clinic
UCDMC Orthotics
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric General Clinic
UCDMC Pediatric Specialty Clinic
UCDMC Physical Therapy Outpatient
UCDMC Radiology ACC
UCDMC Radiology Emergency Room and Davis Tower X-Ray
UCDMC Same Day Surgery Center
UCDMC Transplant Clinic
UCDMC Urgent Care
UCDSOM Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
UCDSOM Department of Dermatology
UCDSOM Department of Emergency Medicine
UCDSOM Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
UCDSOM Department of Neurological Surgery
UCDSOM Department of Neurology
VA Northern California Health Care System
Valley Maxillofacial oral surgery
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)
Whole Health
Woodland Chiropractic Clinic

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 343 103 30.0%
2013-14 348 62 17.8%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 30.6% 39.8% 22.4% 7.1%
2013-14 40.7% 30.5% 23.7% 5.1%
2014-15 37.0% 23.3% 20.5% 19.2%
2015-16 16.6% 12.4% 65.5% 5.5%
2016-17 8.2% 13.1% 70.5% 8.2%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Abercrombie and Fitch Manager
Biomarin Pharmaceutical Clinical Manufacturing Associate
Biotechnology QC tech
California Eye and Ear Specialists Medical Assistant
Campus Crusade for Christ Intern
Cerner Corp Consultant
Children's Hospital in Fresno Research Assistant
Clinical Studies Clinic Coordinator
CVS Caremark Pharmacy Pharmacy Technician
Dow AgroSciences Summer Intern
E. & J. Gallo Winery Account Manager
Genentech Biological Science Lab Technician
Genentech Research Assistant
Genentech Technician
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Community Programs Coordinator
Golden Rule Services Executive Assistant
Harris Moran Seed Company Biological Research Assistant
Jacksons Laboratory In Vivo Technologist
Monterey Bay Aquarium Guest Experience Representitive
Panda Restaurant Group Inc Lead Counter
Randstad Technician
Stanford University Assistant Researcher
Stanford University Lab Assistant
Stanford University Teaching Assistant
The Princeton Review SAT Tutor
Triage Consulting Group Associate Consultant
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) Junior Specialist
United States Forest Service Biological Science Technician
United States Geological Survey Research Technician
University of California, Davis Biological Research Assistant
University of California, Davis Business Services Coordinator
University of California, Davis Greenhouse Technician
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Lab Technician
University of California, Davis Operating Room Assistant
University of California, Davis Research Analyst
University of California, Davis Staff Research Assistant
University of California, Davis STDT
University of California, San Francisco Intern
Venari Bio, LLC Laboratory Coordinator

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $32,307 $28,000
2013-14 $45,266 $43,000
2014-15 $39,187 $35,500
2015-17 $41,052 $43,000