Professional prospects

Graduate Profile

The main objective of the University of Navarra’s Degree in Biology is to train students to become professionals:

  • Who have the basic knowledge and skills that a biologist must possess, as well as the specific knowledge and skills in the various fields of application and disciplines that make up biology, and who are capable of applying this knowledge to analyze, explain, preserve and transform biological systems.

  • Who have scientific curiosity and a capacity for working in international contexts, which will allow them to participate in translational research in the various fields of biology.

  • Who are equipped with a well-rounded humanistic and cultural education, which will help them develop their personal identities and achieve the attitudes and capabilities needed to provide effective service to society with honor, responsibility, teamwork skills and a spirit of solidarity and service.

Employment Opportunities

Traditionally, biologists have devoted themselves to teaching in high school, university and health and environmental education. They have also used biology as a starting point for other degrees (Environmental Sciences, Marine Sciences, Food Science, etc.). Biologists also do research at universities, research centers and in business and industry (departments of research, development and innovation, R&D&I).

Nowadays biologists face an expanding field of activity; in addition to teaching activities, their main fields of employment are:

• The environment. Environmental management and consultancy; industrial, agricultural, and urban pollution control and management; waste management; water monitoring; pest control; environmental impact assessments and restoration of the natural environment; natural resource management; environmental conservation; land usage and zoning; livestock and crop improvements; genetic improvement; biological warfare; environmental teaching and education; and environmental research.

• Health. Clinical analysis (clinical biochemistry, microbiology and parasitology, immunology); epidemiological studies; biomedical research at research centers; R&D&I departments at universities or hospitals; biotechnology in healthcare; quality management in the fields of biochemistry, microbiology, toxicology, etc.; along with health instruction and education.

• Industry. Waste and pollution management; research, development, and monitoring of industrial biological processes; biotechnology: R&D&I laboratories; the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries; quality control, etc.