As a biology student you’ll learn to think critically, while mastering technical lab skills through experiments, research and hands-on experience. You’ll work directly with our faculty members to contribute to or to conduct your own research studies. After graduation, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue different career areas, from field research to laboratory study, or be prepared to pursue graduate study in medical school, veterinary school, or a science-focused master’s program.

Why a degree in biology from Missouri Valley?

At larger universities, undergraduate biology students are often taught by graduate assistants and assigned to simple laboratory tasks. Here, your professors get you involved by taking you out of the classroom and into the field, or stream, or ocean. Your experience will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of biological concepts that are applicable to many careers and graduate degree programs. Our large selection of biology courses are complemented by exciting opportunities for research and internships.

Career Possibilities

  • Conservationist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Field Researcher
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Biomedical Engineer

Graduate Program Possibilities

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Veterinary Medicine


Degree in Biology

A degree in biology from Missouri Valley gives you the option to choose from three concentrations that complement our core biology coursework: conservation, general biology and pre-medical/pre-veterinary.

Conservation Concentration

The conservation concentration focuses on the study of biodiversity, the natural processes that control it and the maintenance of biodiversity under the increasing pressures of humans. This concentration benefits students interested in a career as a wildlife manager, conservation agent or field researcher, either in a private organization or government agency.

General Biology Concentration

The general biology concentration allows you to build a broad understanding of biological concepts. From the essentials of botany and zoology to the most intricate details of organic chemistry, this major provides a solid overview of the science of life.

Pre-Medical/Pre-Veterinary Concentration

Already decided on a career in the medical field? Whether your passion is people or animals, the pre-medical/pre-veterinary concentration at Missouri Valley is an in-depth study into the field of biology as it relates to preparation for advanced schooling in biomedical science. To apply, complete this form and submit it to a Biology faculty member or the Chair of the Math & Science Division.

Minor in Biology

Students who complete at least 20 hours of any biology courses including 12 credits of 300 level or above courses are eligible to earn a minor in biology. Students earning a minor in biology will graduate with a basic understanding of biological concepts. Higher level course requirements take a deeper dive into specific aspects of biology including ichthyology, ornithology, herpetology, mammalogy, microbiology, genetics, ecology and more.  

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Dr. Allan Wilson
Professor of Biology
Dr. Christine Russell
Associate Professor of Physics
Michele Reinke
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Sarah MacDonald
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Andrew Linsenbardt
Dean, School of Science & Agriculture
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Chamara Jayasundera
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Waylon Hiler
Associate Professor of Biology

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