A major in biology blends knowledge of basic scientific processes with an appreciation of the phenomenon of life.


A major in biology blends knowledge of basic scientific processes with an appreciation of the phenomenon of life. State-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation provide unique research opportunities not typically found in a smaller college setting. The program prepares you to enter graduate school to pursue scientific research, medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, nursing, and veterinary medicine as well as employment or professional school in biological sciences.


Featured Courses:

As a biology major you work with an advisor to plan a schedule of courses in biology and other natural sciences appropriate for your plans and interests. Some of these subjects are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Biotechnology
  • Entomology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Biopsychology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Advanced Anatomy
  • Extreme Physiology
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Immunology


Career Future:

Take your Bachelor of Science in Biology degree and pursue graduate studies to become a physician, geneticist, forensic scientist, developmental or cell biologist, entomologist, public health expert, veterinarian or physical therapist. Other graduates seek employment directly after graduation as a:

  • Environmental educator
  • High school biology teacher
  • Laboratory director in research and development
  • Research scientist (industry, medicine, natural science)


Hands-On Learning:

Biology students hold co-op positions in research and diagnostic laboratories, product manufacturing and testing, zoos, museums, hospitals, physical therapy clinics, rehabilitiation facilities, non-profits, and aquaria. Students engage in individualized research with a faculty mentor or participate in an internship experience in an off-campus research program. Student research projects have culminated in publications and award-winning presentations at regional and national conferences.

Qualified students are eligible for membership in Beta Beta Beta, the Xi Gamma Chapter of the National Biology Honor Society. Members participate in regional and national research symposia that will strengthen your learning.


The Biology Faculty:

The biology faculty maintain active programs of research in paleontology, entomology, neurobiology, microbiology, forensic science, cell biology, animal physiology, disease vectors, and neuromuscular disorders. Their research has been featured in Nature, Science News, National Geographic, Discover, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, "CBS Evening News," "Today Show," "NPR," "Great Courses," and "Science Friday."


News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent biology program news and events; visit the department of biology page.

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Additional Resources

  Faculty and Staff

Elizabeth Murray
Chair and Professor


Gene Kritsky
Dean of Behavioral and Natural Sciences


Andrew Rasmussen
Associate Professor

  Curriculum Guide [PDF] (153 KB)

Department Page

Department of Biology

A major in biology blends knowledge of basic scientific processes with an appreciation of the phenomenon of life