Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Program(s) Offered: Major, Minor, Teaching Endorsement
You can do just about anything with a biology degree. Apply to medical, dental, physical therapy and veterinary school; or go on to study fields such as genetics, forensic science and physiology. Not interested in graduate school? Land a job immediately in everything from quality control and research development to conservation and park management.
Or, you can begin a fulfilling career in teaching!
At Briar Cliff, you'll get hands-on experience inside one of the region′s only educational cadaver laboratories, or study living organisms inside a revamped molecular biology workshop with advanced equipment that is unparalleled by any institution our size.
The nation′s largest urban tallgrass prairie sits literally in Briar Cliff's own backyard. What better place to study biology than a 150-acre classroom?
Embark on an annual, week-long trip to South Dakota’s Black Hills, or join other travel opportunities that have included the West Texas desert, Southern California chaparral, the Kansas prairies, Ozark forests, Hawaiian islands and the Costa Rican jungle.
Conduct experiments and research side-by-side with faculty members, in their respective fields. The practical experience is a great résumé booster, especially for graduate school!
Major in a science at Briar Cliff, and you might be eligible to become a STEM Pathways Scholar — a scholarship opportunity worth thousands of dollars!
This course is an introduction to cellular biology. Topics covered include the scientific method, structure and function of cell, genetics and molecules of life. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »
This course in an introduction to organismal biology. Topics covered include the scientific method, ecology, evolution and the diversity of life forms. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »
A survey course of organisms traditionally treated as plants. Topics will also include a review of structure and function of vascular plants, physiological processes characterized by plants, and the importance of plants in everyday life. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »
A survey of representative phyla of the invertebrates, organisms which consist of at least 90 percent of the earth's fauna. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »
This course examines the various components of scientific primary sources as well as how each section is written. Students will demonstrate the use of basic computer skills: database search strategies, spreadsheets, presentation software, word processing and use of e-mail. Students will demonstrate scientific analytical and communication skills through writing assignments and an oral presentation. Read more »
An in-depth study of microorganisms, including ultra structure, growth characteristics, metabolism and genetics. Read more »
Contemporary biological issues will be the focus of this capstone course required of all senior biology majors. The discussion format will require students to integrate prior knowledge and experiences. All students will take a standardized exam at the end of the course. Open only to seniors. Read more »
A presentation of the basic principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular properties, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. Read more »
An introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of stoichiometry, gas properties and calorimetry. Read more »
A utilization of the basic principles of chemistry learned in CHEM 111 in complex chemical systems. Included are solution properties, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Read more »
An introduction of experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of acids and bases, redox reactions, equilibrium and kinetics. Read more »
Most biology lab courses include a lab fee for supplies, which is billed at the time of registration.
For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.