Career paths

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    Dean Flaten ’07

    Looking back on my education at Concordia, I can say that it’s the professors that make Concordia successful, especially in the science department. Not only do they care that you learn the material, they care about how you are doing all-around: physically and spiritually.

    Dean is currently a student at University of Minnesota Medical School.

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    Briana Beckworth ’09

    I assumed that the first semester of nursing school would contain reviews of things that we have learned before, but I was so wrong! We were expected to have a solid knowledge base coming in the program, and after talking to a few of my peers who went to other schools, I felt like I was much better prepared for what we were doing.

    Briana is currently a nursing student

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    Visit Prof. John Jurchen's Natural Science and Pre-Professional career path pages  »

    "Where Do Our Natural Science and Pre-Professional Students go Immediately After Graduation?"


  • Dean Flaten

  • Briana Beckworth

  • More Natural Science Alumni

By the numbers

  • 90% of our graduates in the past have remained in the natural sciences gaining employment or positions in health careers programs, graduate school, science education, and the science industry. Three percent have gone into full-time mission work or the seminary.
  • Concordia has sent 14 students to physical therapy school, 18 to graduate school in science-related fields, 25 into middle-level and secondary science education, and a total of 56 into professional health programs.

Recent graduate programs entered  

  • 2010 U of Nebraska Omaha – Athletic Training*
  • 2010 U of Minnesota — Ecology*
  • 2010 U of Nebraska Medical Center – Virology*
  • 2010 Nebraska Wesleyan University – Forensic Science
  • 2010 U of Nebraska Lincoln - Natural Resources*
  • 2009 U of Nebraska Lincoln-Entomology*
  • 2009 Akron University – Geographical Information Systems*
  • 2009 U of Michigan – Analytical Chemistry*
  • 2009 U of Texas Austin – Nuclear Chemistry*
  • 2009 Georgia Tech – Architecture
  • 2008 U of Nebraska Omaha – Ecology*
  • 2008 Michigan State University – Molecular Biology*
  • 2006 U of Virgin Islands-Marine Biology*
  • 2006 Kansas State University – Ecology*
  • 2006 U of Nebraska Lincoln – Ornithology*
  • 2006 U of Nebraska Lincoln – Food Science*
  • 2006 Biose State University – Geophysics*
  • 2006 U of Pittsburg – Analytical Chemistry*

*Student received full tuition waver and a graduate assistantship

What can I do with my major?


With 75 graduates in the past five years, biology is one of the most popular programs at Concordia. Our graduates enter a wide range of health professions from medical doctors and physicians assistants, to optometrists and pharmacists, to nurses and clinical laboratory scientists. Many choose to pursue graduate work in the biological sciences, specializing in disciplines across the whole spectrum of biology from virology and genetics to ecology and field biology. Students desiring employment directly after graduation have found positions in areas such as wildlife management, research labs, and the ethanol industry.


Our chemistry students enter careers in the health sciences (particularly pharmacy and medicine) or pursue graduate work in the chemical sciences. Many of our students double major in chemistry and biology and continue their studies in molecular biology or biochemistry. We also send students directly into secondary education and into the chemical industry.

Physical sciences

Our physical science program is a powerhouse of science education, having placed ten physics and physical science teachers into secondary and middle-level schools in the past five years. Our graduates have also continued their studies in physics-related areas such as astronomy, nuclear chemistry, and geophysics.