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Biology B.A.  B.S.  

Major  Minor  Teaching Endorsement  
120 credit hours
90% career outcome rate1
 

Biology is the study of life in all its unique forms, from microorganisms to macroorganisms and the environments that they inhabit. Biology majors at Concordia University, Nebraska learn many valuable skills that directly translate to the working world, such as running experiments, analyzing results and formulating hypotheses. With a major in biology, you have multiple career opportunities: from careers in biology (such as working in biology labs) and careers where biology is a crucial foundation (such as working in health industries).

With a degree in biology from Concordia Nebraska, you will be prepared to begin a career in the biological sciences right away, or to continue your education in graduate, medical, dental or veterinary school. As a biology major at Concordia, you learn essential skills such as time management and mastering complex material, as well as studying more in-depth topics such as microbiology, human anatomy and immunology to give you the knowledge you need to be successful in the field of biology.  

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 the biological sciences who are committed to education and their students. Earn your bachelor’s degree in biology from Nebraska’s only nationally recognized Christian College of Distinction and find out how your faith can support and encourage your love of biology.

15:1
Student-to-faculty ratio

100%
Faculty with terminal degree

In Concordia's biology department, there are so many professors who view the world as something that we are stewards of and caretakers of, and it's our duty to make this planet the best place that it can be.
Erin Rowland
St. Louis, Missouri
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Core Concepts

Concordia University, Nebraska is a home for students who want to pursue biology vocations in health, education, research or industry 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. Biology classes and labs at Concordia are taught and supervised by faculty with doctorates in the field of biological science who are fully committed to education and their students.

Concordia NebraskaBiology: Learning Objectives

Students studying biology at Concordia University, Nebraska learn the principles of general biology, including scientific methodology and practice, literacy in biological literature and research and the study of cells, molecular and organismic biology and genetics.

In more advanced biology courses, students will become skilled in biological concepts as they pertain to animals, plants, humans and other life forms, including genetic analysis, cell and molecular biology, and conservation biology.

Special courses have also been developed to help give students the opportunity to explore biology-related interdisciplinary and advanced programs under the close supervision of faculty members in those special biological science topic areas, such as immunology, ecology, forensic science and pharmacology.

Dr. Connie Callahan - Biology

Dr. Kyle Johnson - Biology

Concordia NebraskaBiology: Program Goals

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Students will exhibit basic mastery of the principles of biology.

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Students will be able to reason analytically and apply that analysis to biology concepts.

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Students will demonstrate basic scientific skills, including using various scientific instruments to make measurements in the lab and field.

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Students will employ appropriate experimental design and methodology, effectively communicating underlying principles of biology.

Concordia Nebraska Biology: Career Outcomes

Medical Doctor

Medical doctors are physicians who work in hospitals, clinics, medical centers or private practice, treating people for illnesses and injuries. They prescribe medications and diagnose ailments. A degree in biologyis often a good starting point for doctors, because it teaches the basic biology, anatomy, chemistry and physics that someone applying to medical school will need to know.

8% Annual Growth Rate2
$168,103 Entry-Level Salary2
$280,599 Mid-Level Salary2
$405,852 Late-Level Salary2

Biochemist

Biochemists use their biology degrees to understand how drugs, hormones and foods can impact living organisms. Generally, biochemists work in labs, collecting data and conducting research. They use electron microscopes and computer modeling software to view the three-dimensional structures of molecules. Biochemists may be involved in such research as studying genetic mutations in biological tissue that lead to cancer or other human and animal diseases, developing new drugs and medications or creating genetically engineered crops that are more resistant to drought or disease.

8.9% Annual Growth Rate2
$42,990 Entry-Level Salary2
$76,690 Mid-Level Salary2
$121,360 Late-Level Salary2

Environmental Biologist

Environmental biologists study specific regional environments, including organisms and wildlife that inhabit those areas. They may also assess the impact of human activity on that region. Generally, environmental biologists begin their research in the field, collecting data on plant and animal disease, developing wildlife management strategies and implementing plans for environmental conservation. 

11.1% Annual Growth Rate2
$28,230 Entry-Level Salary2
$45,490 Mid-Level Salary2
$77,960 Late-Level Salary2

Microbiolgist

Microbiologists study organisms that are too small to see without a microscope, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and certain parasites. They collect data and perform research to understand how those organisms live, grow and interact with their environments. The goal of basic microbiology is to increase scientific knowledge. Since many scientific research projects involve different disciplines, microbiologists may work with technicians or scientists in other fields, for instance, researching new pharmaceuticals, treating and curing diseases or developing more efficient biofuels.

9.2% Annual Growth Rate2
$42,590 Entry-Level Salary2
$74,540 Mid-Level Salary2
$137,440 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaBiology: Related Programs

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Chemistry

A degree in chemistry from Concordia University, Nebraska expands your understanding of general chemistry and gives you the practical, hands-on experience you need to continue a career in chemistry after graduation. Your classroom and chemistry lab experience will help you on your journey to use your passion for chemistry to serve in healthcare, industry, research and more.

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Environmental Science

The environmental science program at Concordia University, Nebraska will prepare you for a variety of environmental careers by providing a core of required courses in different disciplines. You can then choose your area of emphasis: natural resources, geography, chemistry or business.

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Physics

Whether you want to explore the mysteries of antimatter, aid in the development of laser technologies or discover new energy sources, Concordia University, Nebraska’s physics program prepares you to pursue careers and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines, from astronomy to engineering to computer science. You will gain a scientific foundation through a variety of interactive labs, lectures and classwork to make you a professional in the field of physics.

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Pre-Medical

At Concordia University, Nebraska, you will receive a liberal arts background in chemistry, biology and the physical sciences that you’ll need in order to succeed in medical school. As a pre-med student at Concordia, you’ll get hands-on lab experiences, cadaver dissection and mentoring from expert science faculty. You’ll also have the opportunity to intern and job-shadow with local physicians.

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Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science

Concordia University, Nebraska’s pre-clinical laboratory science program partners with many local hospitals, clinics and organizations that offer hands-on internships and volunteer experiences, so you can observe professional medical laboratory scientists as they process specimens, workflow, phlebotomy and other laboratory procedures. Concordia’s on-campus state-of-the-art science facilities will allow you the workspace you need to become proficient in laboratory procedures.

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Pre-Nursing

Concordia University, Nebraska’s pre-nursing program will prepare you to excel in nursing through a mastery of natural and behavioral science skills, critical writing and analytical reasoning, and opportunities to grow through service, health care internships and research. You will gain foundational knowledge in the sciences, such as chemistry and biology, as well as the psychology and sociology courses you will need to continue your education in nursing.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.