Resume Phrases for Biology Majors

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Through your biology coursework, you will likely learn a variety of laboratory techniques, study concepts in genetics, molecular, systems, and developmental biology, and conduct a wide range of print and lab research.  But how do you write about these experiences on your resume? Here are some sample resume phrases that may be helpful in describing your classroom and lab experience:

  • Designed several experiments, including _______, _______, ________ and _______
  • Perform a variety of molecular and cellular biology techniques, including restriction digestion, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), western blot, and immunostaining
  • Led class discussion on unique physical and biological properties and dynamics of marine ecosystems
  • Analyzed experimental data; maintained detailed lab notebook
  • Performed hormonal analyses on variety of species using enzyme immunoassays (EIA’s)
  • Studied principles of epidemiology and public health in role of microorganisms in infectious disease prevention and transmission
  • Identified artifacts, features and sites from prehistoric through historic eras at ___________
  • Utilize online tools to manipulate nucleic acids and proteins
  • Report findings in a concise, scientific writing format including proper citations and figures
  • Applied basic bioengineering principles to fermentation and downstream bioprocessing
  • Used NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to analyze tissue samples

Keep in mind that the phrases above are just examples and are provided to remind you of your many accomplishments as a student. Revise, edit and tailor the phrases as your needs require.

As a college student or recent grad, your college degree is often the most marketable thing about you. But how do you translate your academic experience onto your resume? The Resume Phrases by Major series provides sample resume phrases for activities commonly gained in different majors. These sample phrases are intended to inspire students and recent grads to describe their academic experience more thoroughly.

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2 comments on “Resume Phrases for Biology Majors”

    • Sweet - aka Grace Kutney Reply

      With a chronological format resume, you can include the academic experience with your Education section. In a combination format resume, it can be included under a skill heading, such as “Research Skills.”

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