The Department of Biology currently includes 11 full-time faculty who hold doctoral degrees. All full-time faculty are engaged in teaching classes from introductory to advanced levels, and all have active research programs.
Areas of research by the faculty include: cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, avian ecology and evolutionary biology, exercise and sports science, genetics, prairie and plant ecology, ethnobotany, reproductive neuroendocrinology and virology.
This wide range of diversity in the faculty enables a broad selection of course work to be offered, thereby building a strong biological foundation in addition to representing most of biology's many sub-disciplines. Students can choose from several areas of study, including preparation for graduate programs, careers in the health sciences or industry or other areas in the biological sciences.
Students who earn a B.S. or B.A. degree in biology and who meet the entrance requirements may apply to schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, veterinary medicine, physical therapy or other health related programs. Further opportunities include advanced study in graduate school or careers with industry, government or private agencies in biologically related fields such as biotechnology, agronomy, food science and conservation biology.