Biology

Bachelor of Science, Department of Biology

Biology students examine aquatic organisms with Dr. Terrence Malloy

Department Overview

The mission of the Biology Department is to prepare students to appreciate the complexity of living systems, understand biological principles, use the scientific method, and be critical thinkers and problem solvers. By the end of their senior year, students will have acquired the ability to engage in collaborative and creative projects and to communicate the results of their work. They will be prepared to enter graduate and professional schools, science education, research fields, and biotechnology, among other careers.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Active research involving students in every phase of the research process.
  • Opportunities to be involved in exciting trips and activities centered around gaining a better understanding of the natural world and experiencing new people and places and environments.
  • Energetic, professionally trained, passionate faculty.
  • A wide variety of courses allowing students to specialize in sub-disciplines of interest or maintain a broad, generalized track.
  • A proven track record of alumni success.

Career Opportunities*

  • Agriculture & Food Science
  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Health
  • Bioacoustics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Botanist
  • College/University Faculty
  • Conservationist
  • Entomologist
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • Health Care & Medical Professions
  • Horticulturist
  • Industrial Laboratories
  • Marine Biology & Oceanography
  • Microbiologist
  • Museums
  • National Park Service
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Paleontologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Water Conservationist
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Zoologist & Aquarist

* More on the department website.

Contact

Terry Malloy, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
Contact by Email
913.360.7607

Department Website

Westerman Hall

  • Martha Carletti, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Terry Malloy, Ph.D.
    Professor & Department Chair
  • Brent Mortensen, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Janet Paper, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Mark Schramp, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Virginia Winder, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor

Freshman Year

CHEM-1200General Chemistry I3
CHEM-1201General Chemistry I Lab1
BIOL-1121General Biology I5
ENGL-1010English Composition3
MATH-1250Pre-Calculus4
or MATH-1300Calculus I
GNST-1000BC Experience1
Total17
CHEM-1210General Chemistry II3
CHEM-1211General Chemistry II Lab1
BIOL-1122General Biology II4
Aesthetic Foundation3
MATH-2110Applied Statistics4
Total15

Sophomore Year

CHEM-2200Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM-2201Organic Chemistry I Lab1
PHYS-1100Physical Concepts4
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
BIOL-3310Mech of Evolutionary Change3
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
Total17
CHEM-2210*Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM-2211*Organic Chemistry II Lab1
Global Perspective3
Faith Foundation3
BIOL-3305Biological Statistics4
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
EXSCFitness Course1
BIOL-4486*Biology Research1
Total17

Junior Year

Historical Foundation3
Foreign Language4
Advanced Biology4
Aesthetic Foundation3
Elective3
BIOL-4486*Biology Research1
Total18
Historical Foundation3
Foreign Language4
Advanced Biology4
Faith Foundation3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
BIOL-4486*Biology Research1
Total18

Senior Year

Advanced Biology4
Advanced Biology4
Person and Community Foundation3
CHEM-3500*Biochemistry I4
BIOL-4486*Biology Research1
BIOL-COMPSenior Comp.cr
Total16
Advanced Biology4
Advanced Biology4
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Elective3
BIOL-4486*Biology Research2
Total16

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • Minor in Biology

View a printable factsheet for this degree