Success in Biology


Whittier College biology majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them.

Recent biology alumni are completing graduate degrees at institutions that include Emory University, Harvard, University of Rochester, and schools within the University of California and California State University systems. Alumni have also gone on to professional schools in law, business, and medicine.

Find your own career and internship opportunities at the Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development.

Biology alumna Cassey HoCassey Ho ’09
Fitness Entreprenuer, CEO of Blogilates

Every day, Cassey shares her latest health and fitness tips with millions of YouTube subscribers and hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers. And it all started at Whittier. Cassey took the foundation that her biology classes provided and, with her entrepreneurial spirit, launched a top-ranked fitness channel and her popular website, Blogilates.

“Whittier College has given me the opportunity to really live my passion.”

Biology alumnus Hayden SchmidtHayden Schmidt ’14
Ph.D. at Harvard University

While at Whittier, Hayden worked closely with Professor Erica Fradinger on research projects, including an investigation of pesticides, and was awarded several fellowships to sponsor his research. With so much collaborative experience, he was well prepared for post-graduate work and was accepted to the elite Harvard Medical School.

Hayden is now an author of a manuscript on applied toxicology and a research article on environmental toxicology and chemistry. His research currently focuses on gaining insight into the receptors involved in neurodegenerative disease.

Biology alumna Melanie PeelDr. Melanie Peel, DVM ’14
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The ocean’s marvelous life forms are in good hands with Melanie. When marine life was stranded along California’s coastline, Melanie was there to help through her Marine Mammal Care Center internship. When animals were injured or ill, she helped heal them through her veterinary externship at the premier California Wildlife Center. And when questions swirled around how environmental factors affect blue crab larvae around the Gulf of Texas, she sought answers through a summer research program.

Helping save the world doesn’t begin when college ends; Melanie found all of these opportunities and more while studying at Whittier College, which prepared her for her post-graduate studies at Oregon State University.