Biology

Engage in the study of life itself, with options to concentrate in ecology, biotech, or pre-med.

As a Biology major at Park University, you’ll have the opportunity to study botany, zoology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, microbiology, ecology, evolution, cell biology and research techniques. You’ll be prepared for the workforce or entrance into professional or graduate school. Most students seek either an additional major or a minor to provide them with the maximum postgraduate opportunities.

Locations & Learning Options

Parkville, MO

Parkville, MO

B.S. MAJOR – 71 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

Biology Core………….25 cr.

BIO 221 Zoology……………………….4 cr.

BIO 225 Botany ………………….4 cr.

BIO 306 Biological Literature ………..3 cr.

BIO 325 Introductory Molecular Cell Biology ………….3 cr.

BIO 327 Introductory Ecology and Evolution ………….4 cr.

BIO 340 Genetics ………………..4 cr.

BIO 470 Capstone Internship

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BIO 498 Capstone Thesis

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BIO 499 Capstone Research ………………….3 cr.

General Science Core ………………. 29 cr.

CH 107 General Chemistry I………..3 cr.

CH 107L General Chemistry I Lab ………….1 cr.

CH 108 General Chemistry II ………………3 cr.

CH 108L General Chemistry II Lab ………..1 cr.

CH 317 Organic Chemistry I ……………….3 cr.

CH 317L Organic Chemistry I Lab …………1 cr.

CH 318 Organic Chemistry II ………………3 cr.

CH 318L Organic Chemistry II Lab ………..1 cr.

MA 160 Precalculus for Majors ……………..5 cr.

PY 155 Concepts of Physics I ………………4 cr.

PY 156 Concepts of Physics II ……………..4 cr.

Natural Sciences Core ……………. 5 cr.

NS 220 Applied Statistics & Experimental Design ………..3 cr.

NS 302 Current Literature in the Natural Sciences ………..1 cr.

NS 401 Natural Science Seminar ………………1 cr.

59 cr.

APPROVED ELECTIVES…………………. 12 cr.

BIO 330 Paleobiology …………………4 cr.

BIO 375 Evolution …………….3 cr.

BIO 378 Ecology ……………….4 cr.

BIO 380 Issues in Biodiversity ……………………..3 cr.

BIO 490 Advanced Topics in Biology …………1-4 cr.

GGP 350 GIS I …………..3 cr.

GGP 370* Biogeography ……………….3 cr.

BIO 337 Biochemistry ………..4 cr.

BIO 350 Microbiology ……………….4 cr.

BIO 400 Cell Biology …………4 cr.

BIO 417 Developmental Biology ………………….4 cr.

BIO 490 Advanced Topics in Biology …………1-4 cr.

CH 329* Introduction to

Instrumental Analysis …………….4 cr.

BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I ……4 cr.

BIO 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology II …. 4 cr.

BIO 337 Biochemistry ………………..4 cr.

BIO 350 Microbiology ……………….4 cr.

BIO 400 Cell Biology …………………4 cr.

BIO 411 Animal Physiology ………………..4 cr.

BIO 417 Developmental Biology ………………….4 cr.

BIO 490 Advanced Topics in Biology …………1-4 cr.

CH 321 Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry……………..3 cr.

BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology I …….4 cr.

BIO 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology II …4 cr.

BIO 326 Bioethics ………………3 cr.

BIO 330 Paleobiology ……………………4 cr.

BIO 337 Biochemistry …………..4 cr.

BIO 350 Microbiology ……………4 cr.

BIO 375 Evolution …………………3 cr.

BIO 378 Ecology ……………………4 cr.

BIO 380* Issues in Biodiversity ……………………..3 cr.

BIO 400 Cell Biology …………………….4 cr.

BIO 410 Comparative Anatomy …………………..4 cr.

BIO 411 Animal Physiology ………………4 cr.

BIO 417 Developmental Biology ………………….4 cr.

BIO 490 Advanced Topics in Biology …………1-4 cr.

CH 321* Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry . 3 cr.

CH 328* Analytical Chemistry …………….4 cr.

CH 329* Introduction to Instrumental Analysis .4 cr.

GGP 350 GIS 1 ………………………..3 cr.

GGP 370* Biogeography …………….3 cr.

TOTAL ………………….71

A comprehensive Senior Examination, is to be taken during the seventh and eighth semesters as scheduled at the beginning of the fall semester. cr.

18 hours must be from BIO courses.

* For those students wishing to obtain a secondary teaching certificate in Biology, see also Bachelor of Science in Education.

Scott A. Hageman

Associate Dean
scott.hageman@park.edu

Dr. Brian L. Hoffman

Program Coordinator
brian.hoffman@park.edu

Our Biology program encourages you to think critically, analytically and creatively in the biological sciences. We emphasize ethical and civic responsibilities to preserve our natural environment.

As a Biology major, you’ll be technologically and intellectually ready to pursue graduate and/or professional education and a successful career.

Careers

Our Programs will prepare you for a career as a:

  • Biomedical Technologist
  • Conservation/Environmental Technician
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
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Program Highlights

Flexible, adaptable

Biology is a science that includes many sub-fields, and there are opportunities for students with many aptitudes, backgrounds and career objectives. This degree is a strong foundation in a wide range of biological sciences. Because of the breadth of specialties in biology, we suggest that you earn an additional major or a minor for maximum employment flexibility.


Internships

Our department partners with local businesses and government agencies to place students into internship positions appropriate to their interests.


Student organizations

Any students interested in biological sciences are encouraged to join the Park Biology Club, a University-recognized, student-run organization that brings students and faculty together in contact outside the classroom. You also might join Omicron Psi, our campus chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta), an honor society for students studying biology. Additionally, students interested in a career in the pre-health field are encouraged to join the Park Pre-Health Professions Club, which promotes student volunteer experiences and aids in the post-graduate acceptance process.

Faculty

The Biology department has four full-time faculty members who teach all the core courses for Biology majors. They have a wide range of specialties, from anatomy to zoology.


 

Dr. Brian L. Hoffman

Professor of Biology/Mathematics
brian.hoffman@park.edu

Dr. Jeff Kimmons

Assistant Professor of Biology
jeff.kimmons@park.edu

Dr. Patricia Ryberg

Assistant Professor of Biology
patricia.ryberg@park.edu

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.