Biology

B.A.B.S. MajorMinorTeaching Endorsement

Biology majors learn many valuable skills that directly translate to the working world, such as running experiments, analyzing results, and formulating hypotheses. One of the great things about majoring in biology is the opportunity to choose your path depending on your personal interests and goals, from health to business to science to education.

The biology program at Concordia is a home for students who want to pursue their chosen vocation not for the sake of wealth, but for the sake of the Kingdom of God and the people He has placed here for us to serve. Classes and labs are taught by faculty with the highest degrees in their fields who are committed to education and their students.

Graduate Cap

90%
of alums are in professional or graduate school or employed in the health or science industry within 5 months of graduation

Biology Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Science Teacher
  • United States Forestry Service
  • Microbiologist
  • Certified Nurses Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Chiropractor

Graduate Schools

  • University of Colorado - Denver
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Minnesota

Biology Faculty

A Space for Science

Human Anatomy

Concordia has a dedicated gross anatomy lab to help you train for a vocation in the health sciences and forensic science by performing autopsies, analyzing findings, and communicating diagnostic conclusions.

Scene of the Crime

At 545 Grand Avenue, there is a crime scene house to aid your study of forensic science experiments, demonstrations, and training. It’s a chance to get real-world, hands-on training of what it means to investigate a crime.

On the Prairie

Concordia has a dedicated area of prairie for training and research in ecology and other biological sciences, giving you the opportunity to study native plants, animals, and insects in their natural environment.

Eyes on the Sky

The Osten Observatory at Concordia University houses a computer-controlled telescope with different eyepieces and filters that allow you to view and study the stars and planets.

Under the Microscope

A phase-contrast microscope and molecular modeling software let you work on a cellular level, performing quantum calculations and molecular modeling of proteins, DNA, nanomolecules, polymers, and liquids.

Medicine on a Mission
Medicine on a Mission

As a student at Concordia, you will have the opportunity to participate in medical mission trips and to places like Belize, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. You can work in medical clinics, host health fairs, and share your faith through ministry programs.

Present Your Findings
Present Your Findings

Each spring, Concordia hosts the Concordia University Research Symposium. The symposium gives you the opportunity to present your personal research or project in either oral or poster presentation format.

Learning to Soar
Learning to Soar

Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery Center is an organization that rehabilitates injured raptors. Students at Concordia can not only visit and tour the treatment center, but assist with educational programs, special events, or as part of the network that protects and restores raptors to their natural habitat.

Biology Sample Course Schedule

B.A. B.S.

Semester 1

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    Bio 111 General Biology I
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 2. A study of general biology: Science as a way of knowing — Scientific methodology and practice; literacy in biological literature and research, study of cells and molecular biology, cell organelles, inclusions, function, and a study of genetics.
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    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 2

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    Bio 112 General Biology II
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 2. A study of general biology, a continuation of General Biology I: organismic biology, structure and function of plants and animals, reproduction, growth and development, population biology, evolution as a paradigm and ecology.
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    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 3

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    Bio 208 General Genetics
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 3. An overview of genetic principles and their applications to inheritance including supportive studies of representative plants and animals. The lab will include both traditional and modern techniques in genetic analysis.
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    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 4

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    Bio 351 General Microbiology
    4
    Lecture 2, Lab. 4. An introduction to the activities of bacteria and fungi. The laboratory will be concerned with the culture, physiology, and identification of the major groups of microbes. Emphasis is on pure culture technique and diversity of microbes in infection and disease.
  •  
    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 5

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    Bio 343 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 3. A study of general principles of physiology, cell structure and function, cell metabolism and division. A survey of tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscle, and nervous system.
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    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 6

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    Bio 351 General Microbiology
    4
    Lecture 2, Lab. 4. An introduction to the activities of bacteria and fungi. The laboratory will be concerned with the culture, physiology, and identification of the major groups of microbes. Emphasis is on pure culture technique and diversity of microbes in infection and disease.
  •  
    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 7

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    Bio 344 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 3. A survey of the circulatory, respiratory, digestion, excretion, endocrine and reproductive systems. Introduction to nutrition and bio–rhythms.
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    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 8

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    Bio 399 Research in Biology
    3
    Upper-level students will perform biological research under supervision of biology faculty and with assistance of students who are registered for Bio 299. Bio 299 and Bio 399 students will meet as one class but will have different course requirements. Writing Intensive course.
  •  
    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10