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The Biology Program

The Biology degree offers a Bachelor of Science, as well as several teacher education endorsement areas. The major teaches students about the functions of humans and other organisms at the cellular and molecular level. It will prepare students for further education in ecology, medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary science, physical therapy, forensic science, and other health and life science professions. It is also appropriate preparation for a career in laboratory research or biotechnology, either in an academic or industrial setting.

Careers

As a graduate of the Biology program, you will be qualified for positions in the following fields:

  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Bio Process Specialist
  • Product Manager
  • Bio Process Specialist
  • Cell Culture Expert
  • Process Support Coach
  • Wildlife Ecologist
  • Fisheries Ecologist
  • Aquaculture Technician
  • Hydrologist
  • Geneticist
  • Forester
  • Lab Technician
  • Paleontologist
  • Natural Resource Technician
  • Park Ranger
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Agricultural Scientist

Internships

Internships are designed to help students gain an understanding of professional experience. Professors encourage students to pursue internships so they can apply classroom and experimental knowledge to real world activity. Biology majors have interned with the following businesses:

  • Ajinimoto
  • Cargill
  • Walmart Pharmacy
  • Army Corps of Engineers (Lake Red Rock)
  • Mahaska Health Partnership
  • Lifetime Dental
  • Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa
  • Ottumwa Regional Health Center
  • Mahaska County Conservation Board

Faculty

James A. North, Ph.D

Professor of Biochemistry 641-673-1065 Email

Pete Eyheralde, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Biology 641-673-1121 Email

Janet L. Ewart, Ph.D

Professor of Biology 641-673-1119 Email

Organizations

     
  • Pre-Professional Majors Club:The Pre-Professional Majors club participates in a large field trip every year that is hosted at different academic locations and assists surrounding community schools with different projects.
  • Wildlife Ecology Club: The Wildlife Ecology club organizes volunteer opportunities with local conservation agencies and private nonprofit groups, as well as activities such as fishing trips, canoe trips, and prairie restoration

Facilities

Penn Activity Center (PAC)

The Penn Activity Center was opened in 2008 on the west side of campus. The facility has a variety of recreational space and equipment, including two basketball courts, artificial turf, and an indoor track. The PAC’s second and third floors have classrooms, biology labs, faculty offices, and the PAC Cafe.

  • Two collegiate-size basketball/volleyball courts
  • 45 yards of artificial turf
  • Locker rooms
  • Office of Admissions
  • Financial Aid Offices
  • Campus Health Clinic
  • PAC Cafe
  • 300-yard running/walking track
  • Science Wing
  • Ware Auditorium
  • Cardio Training Center

Courses

Biology students will take the following courses:

Health and Life Sciences Foundation courses

  • PHLE 160 First Aid & CPR
  • PHLE 110 Wellness and Fitness

Biology Core courses

  • BIOL 106 General Biology I
  • BIOL 107 General Biology II
  • BIOL 307 General Ecology or
  • BIOL 322 Medical Biology
  • BIOL 308 Microbiology
  • BIOL 313 Comparative Anatomy or
  • BIOL 314 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 335 Genetics
  • BIOL 390 Biology Practicum
  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
  • BIOL 357 Internship
  • MATH 140 College Algebra and Trigonometry

*In conjunction with the Biology Core, and in consultation with their advisor, students take 30 additional credits in areas of interest/need