Bachelor of Science — Program Overview
Briar Cliff's biology major emphasizes laboratory and field experiences within a quality curriculum.
USE STATE-OF-THE-ART LABS: Gain hands-on experience inside one of the region′s only educational cadaver laboratories, or study living organisms inside a revamped molecular biology lab with some of the most modern equipment available at any undergraduate program in the nation (funded partially by a recent Carver Grant).
EXPLORE THE PRAIRIE: 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?
SEE THE WORLD: Embark on an annual, week-long trip to South Dakota’s Black Hills, or join department learning trips that have included the West Texas desert, Southern California chaparral, the Kansas prairies, Ozark forests, Hawaiian islands and the Costa Rican jungle.
INTERESTED IN RESEARCH? 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!
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A BIOLOGY MAJOR?
The opportunities are limitless. You can 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!
Briar Cliff undergraduates will also have preference for admission to our developing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)* program!
Additional Program Requirements
— Biology majors are required to take 44 hours of coursework with a BIOL prefix (including courses listed above).
— A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation. No more than one D or D+ in a 3- or 4-hour, BIOL-prefixed course will count toward the major.
— Most biology lab courses include a lab fee for supplies, which is billed at the time of registration.