Studying life can positively change yours

The study of living things has room for dozens, if not hundreds, of specializations! The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program prepares students for a career in healthcare, scientific industries, and academics right after graduation. Or the bachelor’s is a solid foundation for those on a track toward graduate school.

The BS in Biology produces scientists and citizens who understand the scope and perspective of modern biology. Marian alumni are consistently recognized for their leadership and cognitive ability. Through lecture, laboratory, and field work, students gain valuable experience that emphasizes real-world research and analysis. Students benefit from research courses, and work with faculty members to produce original work that prepares them for post-graduation success.

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    Learn About Biology in the Ridenour Science Center

    Biology students have the pleasure of taking courses, conducting research, collaborating with other students, and interacting with faculty experts in our state-of-the-art facility.

    The Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center provides an engaging environment to learn the skills most important for a career in biology.

    • Nine teaching labs
    • Three research labs
    • Three prep rooms
    • One computer lab
    • Seven classrooms
    • 18 offices
    • Two student collaboration areas

    Biology - An Important Part of Other Degree Programs

    The study of biology is a base for many other academic programs, such as nursing, pre-professional, and teaching. Some nursing students choose to minor in biology. Middle-secondary education students may select biology as their content area for a double major in order to teach biology to students in grades 5-12.

    Students desiring “pre-professional education” to become a dentist, doctor, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, or veterinarian, are advised to pursue a biology major with a chemistry minor, or a chemistry major with a biology minor.

    The Biology Department supports additional options for students.

     

    Get in on the Action

    We believe the best way to learn is through practice. Biology students have the chance to…

    • Dissect a human cadaver and go beyond textbooks to gain valuable knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
    • Conduct independent research to contribute to the field
    • Develop a resume that will help ensure job placement and acceptance into quality graduate and professional programs
    • Take part in internships

    Prepare for Work or Graduate School

    As a biology graduate, you are setting yourself up for a solid career.

    Join the workforce immediately after graduation:

    • High School Biology Teacher
    • Environmental Conservationist
    • Biological Technician
    • Researcher
    • Forensic Scientist

    Continue with graduate studies to train for these careers:

    • Doctor
    • Dentist
    • Professor
    • Pharmacist
    • Veterinarian

    Learn More About the Biology Program

    Linda Krueger, Chair of the Math and Natural Science department, provides insight into Marian’s biology program in which students will gain analytical, communication, and transferable skills that will elevate them in their pursuits after graduation. Within the program, you will take the classroom knowledge and apply it in a laboratory setting. Additionally, you will be conducting research whether that be within the Science Center on campus or outside in fieldwork and internships.

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    The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program curriculum aims to help students find truths from the natural world that can enhance the way we live. Students benefit from our small, dynamic lectures, which give students theoretical knowledge through extensive laboratory, research, and field work. Those in the BS in Biology program work closely with experienced and respected faculty, who are recognized leaders in the field and believe in a true mentoring relationship with their students.

    General Education Courses

    As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

    All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

    • Mathematical Reasoning
    • Argumentative and Research Writing
    • Introduction to Christian Theology
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
    • First Year Studies

    Core Courses

    Biology majors will take courses covering topics such as:

    • Biological Principles
    • Cell biology
    • Microbiology
    • Chemistry
    • Ecology
    • Anatomy & physiology
    • Zoology

    For a list of all degrees and courses offered at Marian University, please view the Academic Bulletin.

    Sample Course Plan:
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    Other Requirements, 16 credits:

    An introduction to the fundamental principles of Chemistry including modern concepts of atomic and molecular theory, physical states of matter, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, gas laws, equilibria and reactions of inorganic compounds.

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    A second-semester general Chemistry course which introduces the topics of equilibrium, kinetics, ionic equilibria of weak electrolytes, solubility product, coordination compounds, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and descriptive chemistry. Qualitative analysis is included in the laboratory portion of this course.

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    An in-depth study of the chemistry of organic compounds. This course includes nomenclature, structure, reactions, stereochemistry, an introduction to absorption spectroscopy and uses and reaction mechanisms of organic molecules.

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    A continuation of CHE 201.

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    An introduction to the techniques and methods of the organic chemistry laboratory. This course includes the synthesis of various classes of compounds, determination of properties and structures, product evaluation, introduction to various instruments and identification.

    28 credits:

    Research seminars, reviews of professional biology literature, and research proposals presented by Biology majors, faculty members, and/or guest speakers.

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    Research preparation and training in seminar and guided research formats. Research and career seminars, reviews of professional biology literature, and research proposals are presented by Biology majors and faculty, with occasional guest speakers.

    A lecture-laboratory course for science majors stressing the nature of science and scientific methodology. Basic ecological concepts and human impact on the environment are studied. The chemistry of life, the cellular basis of life, genetics, energy relationships and metabolism are presented. Both the classical aspects and the areas of recent research are included. (This course is required for Biology and Biology Education majors and Biology minors.)

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    A continuation of BIO 101. Major topics covered include plant and animal biology. Structural and functional relationships are stressed. Major structures, adaptations, and evolution of Monera, Protista and Animal kingdoms are surveyed. Current areas of research are included. Dissection of representative organisms including the fetal pig is required.

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    An extensive study of the plant kingdom and related organisms. Major topics include taxonomy, structure, morphology, development, physiology, reproduction and evolution of plants. Ecological awareness is encouraged.

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    A seminar based on the reading of current biological literature and the presentation of research seminars. In addition, students will prepare and present senior research proposals for a senior research project.

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    Study of transmission, molecular, evolutionary, population, and quantitative genetics.

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    An introduction to bacterial structure, metabolism, growth principles, genetics and identification. Other topics covered include antibiotics, bacteriophage and infectious diseases caused by bacteria. (Students may not take both BIO 210 and BIO 311 for credit.)

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    The first of two courses that comprise an individually arranged research project under the guidance of department faculty. Each biology major elects to do laboratory/field research on a problem in biology of personal interest. In this course the student will refine research methods and experimental design, including data collection, and complete initial sections of the final written report.

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    The second of two courses that comprise an individually arranged research project under the guidance of department faculty. Each biology major elects to do laboratory/field research on a problem in biology of personal interest. In this course the student will collect and analyze data, finish and submit a written report, and do a public presentation of his or her research.

    4-8 credits from the following:

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    An in-depth study of the structure and function of human organ systems and the relationships among physiologic systems at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. A comprehensive understanding of how each system aids in the maintenance of homeostasis is stressed in the study of cellular structure and physiology, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. A strong background in biology and basic knowledge of physiological systems is assumed. Human cadaver dissections may be demonstrated in association with each organ system studied. Concurrent registration in BIO 251 is recommended.

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    Continuation of BIO 201. An in-depth study of the structure and function of human organ systems and the relationships among physiologic systems at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. A comprehensive understanding of how each system aids in the maintenance of homeostasis is stressed in the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems. Human cadaver dissections may be demonstrated in association with each organ system studied. Concurrent registration in BIO 252 is recommended.

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    A study of the biology and taxonomy of major invertebrate groups with special emphasis on structure-function relationships: their life histories, evolution, ecology and economic importance. Laboratory sessions involve the observation and dissection of representative invertebrate organisms in order that a clear understanding of each taxonomic phylum may be attained.

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    A study of progressive changes that occur within cells, tissues and organisms during their life span. Development at the molecular, biochemical, genetic, morphological and physiological levels are examined through lecture, discussion and laboratory exercises.

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    A study of the evolution and comparative structure and function of the organ systems in all major groups of the phylum chordata. Laboratory work requires dissection of lamprey, shark, mud puppy and cat with frequent reference to other representative vertebrates, especially humans.

    Biology Electives, 2-6 credits:

    Biology/middle–secondary education double majors must take the following courses, which may be applied toward their biology electives:

    A study of the organization of ecosystems and human use of natural resources, including problems and opportunities generated by human interaction with the environment. Basic ecological principles are applied to current environmental issues and topics. Environmental case studies and current environmental literature are employed. Laboratory activities include field trips, simulations and other activities designed to enhance lecture topics.

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    A lecture course involving study of populations, communities and individual organisms in relation to their environment. Abiotic and biotic factors, chemical cycles, population and community ecology and succession are studied in depth. Interaction of organisms with physical and chemical components of the environment is stressed. Use of statistical methods in ecology is covered.

    BIO XXX Biology elective

    Mission:

    The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program is designed to appeal to students with a variety of career interests in biology. Through effective teaching, advising and scholarly activity, the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program prepares students to engage in scientific inquiry and pursue a career in our scientific and technological society.

    In addition, the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program connects with other academic programs, including Nursing and Education. Pre-nursing majors learn fundamentals of science, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology that they will build into clinical skills as they transition into their professional studies. Secondary Education majors may select Biology as their content area for a double major (Secondary Ed/Biology) and take a prescribed curriculum in biology for teaching certification through the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program.

    Graduates of the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program find a world of opportunities waiting for them. For many, their path is graduate school, so during their time in the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program they couple their biology major with another major or minor in the sciences, or engage in a pre-professional curriculum. Whether graduate school is in your future or not, the BS in Biology program offers outstanding theoretical and practical preparation for careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, allied health, research, environmental conservation and teaching – many of which are expected to see exceptional job growth.

    Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    A key benefit to studying biology through the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program is the true liberal arts core we provide in our academic setting. At Marian, you’ll immerse yourself in the theory and practical application of biological principles, while at the same time enhancing your education with exploration of the arts, humanities and social sciences. You’ll see how these areas of inquiry interconnect in the real world. And you’ll see how they’re also impacted by things like social justice and service to a greater cause, which are pursuits that have always been a part of Marian’s founding mission.

    Biology majors must achieve an average GPA of 2.50 in their biology coursework before graduation. Transfer students must complete one-half of their major and one-third of their minor credits at Marian University.

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    Ryan Breuer is currently an Extension & Outreach Dairy Field Specialist for the Iowa State University in Northwest Iowa. Formally, Ryan was a veterinarian (Bovine & Food Animal medicine) at a private practice. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison Veterinary School after graduating from Marian with majors in Biology and Chemistry. (’08)

    matthew-zimmerman

    Dr. Matthew Zimmerman is an Associate Professor and Director of the Free Radicals in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After earning a B.S. degree with majors in Biology and Cytotechnology, he attended graduate school at the University of Iowa and earned his Ph.D. in 2004. (’99)

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    Dan Tenpas is a teacher at Beaver Dam High School. He graduated from Marian University with a B.S. degree with majors in Biology and Middle/Secondary Education, as well as a minor in Environmental Science. (’12)

    Jessica Brandt, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    920.923.8650
    jrbrandt10@marianuniversity.edu

    John Hammond, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    920.923.7657
    jihammond08@marianuniversity.edu

    John Morris, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    920.923.7140
    jmorris@marianuniversity.edu

    Lance Urven, Ph.D.
    Professor
    920.923.7644
    lurven@marianuniversity.edu

    As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, you’ll be presented with countless opportunities to enhance your learning experience and set yourself apart in the eyes of employers and graduate schools. From gaining valuable insights into human anatomy to working on significant research projects and presenting your findings to the Marian community, your possibilities are endless

    Apply Now

    For more information, please contact:

    Office of Admission
    920.923.7650
    admission@marianuniversity.edu

    John Morris, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor & Chair
    Biology Department
    920.923.7140
    jmorris@marianuniversity.edu