Biology Department Opportunities


Make your Briar Cliff experience an unforgettable one! The biology department offers a bunch of ways you can get involved:

Black Hills Experience

Embark on a trip that includes stops at the Badlands, Wounded Knee, Wind Cave National Park, Devils Tower and Harney Peak — just to name a few!

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Pre-Health Sciences Club

Discover various health professions, while helping out with health science-related events in the community.

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Research Opportunities

All five of Briar Cliff’s biology faculty members hold a Ph.D., and perform research in their own fields of expertise. You can help!

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Science Club

The BCU Science Club offers a variety of activities including seminars, field trips, campouts and Earth Day projects.

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Travel and Study Abroad

Annual learning trips have included the West Texas desert, Southern California chaparral, the Kansas prairies, Ozark forests, Hawaiian islands and the Costa Rican jungle — just to name a few!

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Ashley Van Cleave

“I had never even considered research as a career option until I started working on a research project and realized how much I enjoyed the challenge that research presents,” she said. “Since I had this experience at Briar Cliff, it was an easier transition into my current job.”

Ashley Van Cleave

Biochemistry Major, Psychology Minor ('17)