All five of Briar Cliff's biology faculty members hold a Ph.D., and teach courses in their area of expertise, whether they be in the health or environmental sciences.
Some of our biology graduates continue their education at the graduate or professional level in fields such as genetics, forensic science, and physiology; or health-related fields like medicine, dentistry, physical and occupational therapy, and physician assistant programs.
Other biology graduates choose to begin their careers immediately following graduation in everything from quality control and research development to conservation and park management. Still others begin fulfilling careers in teaching.
Briar Cliff students have participated in environmentally-related internships through the Iowa Nature Conservancy, as well as at Ponca State Park, Stone State Park and the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.
Briar Cliff faculty have been awarded grants to conduct environmentally-related research in which interested students may also participate. Dr. Hazlett has conduced field research at both Adams Homestead and Natural Area in South Dakota and in Stone State Park, a few miles northwest of campus. Students have also played a key role in preparing botanical specimens for the Briar Cliff herbarium.
After graduation in May, Briar Cliff offers an annual, week-long trip to South Dakota's Black Hills. During Spring Break, the biology department sponsors a weeklong trip to alternating sites, which have included Big Bend National Park in west Texas and the southern California deserts and chaparral. The department has also sponsored weekend trips to the Kansas prairies and Ozarks forests, and summer trips to Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. With the inclusion of a January term in the academic calendar, Briar Cliff students have been involved with trips to Galapagos and Costa Rica.