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Biology Department

The mission of the biology program is to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, environmental science, industry or government as well as to enter professional schools or to continue their education at the graduate level.





Learn inside one of the region’s only educational cadaver labs; revamped, state-of-the-art chemistry labs and a molecular biology workshop that makes DNA analysis a breeze. Read More »

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Biology and Environmental Science Course Preview

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Equip yourself with the skills necessary for graduate school in the health sciences or other biology related field. Gain hands-on experience inside state-of-the-art laboratories, including one of the region′s only educational cadaver labs. Read More »

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Commit to solving challenges like pollution, habitat destruction and loss of biological diversity. You’ll also explore the Sioux City Prairie, the nation’s largest urban tall grass prairie, sitting in BCU’s own backyard! Read More »


Local food movement sprouting at Briar Cliff

Sep 8, 2014

Tucked between a dorm and the student center, a plot planted in May now bears ripe raspberries, sapling apple trees and dwarf cherries. Beans, popcorn, pumpkins and squash. Plus, marigolds in full bloom.

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Jul 31, 2014

Briar Cliff alum returns to practice family medicine in Sioux City

May 6, 2014

NSF awards Briar Cliff University over $600,000 for scholarships

Mar 15, 2014

Hundreds of Siouxland girls learn what 'STEM' is all about


BIOL 102 - Human Biology
BIOL 102L - Human Biology Laboratory
BIOL 106 - Biology of Women
BIOL 151 - General Biology I
BIOL 152 - General Biology II
BIOL 175 - Independent Biology Study
BIOL 212 - General Botany
BIOL 213 - Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy
BIOL 222 - Human Physiology
BIOL 22IS - Scientific Writing and Research
BIOL 237 - General Ecology
BIOL 239 - Intro to Microbiology
BIOL 240 - Nutrition
BIOL 275 - Independent Biology Study II
BIOL 280 - Extended Field Trip
BIOL 300 - Entomology
BIOL 320 - Comparative Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL 339 - Principles of Microbiology
BIOL 340 - Pathophysiology
BIOL 357 - Genetics
BIOL 375 - Independent Biology Study III
BIOL 400 - Immunology
BIOL 412 - Field Botany
BIOL 420 - Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 420L - Cellular and Molecular Biology Lab
BIOL 440 - Special Methods of Teaching Secondary School Biology
BIOL 475 - Independent Biology Study IV
BIOL 550 - Advanced Human Pathophysiology
BIOL 58IS - Senior Seminar
BiOL 623 - Advanced Pathophysiology
ESCI 110 - Environmental Science
ESCI 175 - Independent Environmental Science Study
ESCI 211 - Earth Science I: Introductory Geology
ESCI 212 - Earth Science II: Earth Processes
ESCI 213 - Earth Science III: Weather and Climate
ESCI 237 - General Ecology
ESCI 275 - Independent Environmental Science Study II
ESCI 280 - Extended Field Trip
ESCI 300 - Entomology
ESCI 339 - Principles of Microbiology
ESCI 375 - Independent Environmental Science Study III
ESCI 401 - Environmental Law and Policy
ESCI 412 - Field Botany


Brian T. Hazlett
Professor of Biology; Chair, Biology Department; Director, Environmental Science Program; Director, Center for Prairie Studies

Candice Coffin
Professor of Biology

Daniel Jung
Assistant Professor of Biology



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