Dr. Jennifer Fruend (pronounced “friend”) is a biology professor at Concordia University, Nebraska where she teaches classes such as conservation biology, ecology and field biology, vertebrate anatomy and leads ecology or marine biology focused study tours to Costa Rica, Belize, and soon to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. She also routinely advises more than 50 students, a job she truly loves. She manages the animal lab, greenhouse, campus prairie and specimen collection. Outside of science topics, Dr. Fruend also advises the campus Democrats Club for students.
Prior to Concordia University, Dr. Fruend taught Urban Ecology and Science Teaching Methods at University of Missouri St. Louis, from where she received her PhD and Masters degrees. She started her career as a k-12 science teacher who has taught every grade level over her 21 years of teaching and won several teaching awards from organizations including the Academy of Science of St Louis.
Dr. Fruend lives in Seward with her family and loves gardening and being with her many animals.
The awesome joy to do all of this and openly love Jesus and thrive in God’s grace is both humbling and inspiring.
Dr. Jennifer Fruend's Academic Programs
A degree in physical science from Concordia University, Nebraska will give you an interdisciplinary background in the physical sciences including physics, chemistry and math. Many students choose a physical science major as a broad-based education because they want to teach high school science, chemistry or physics, and a bachelor’s degree in physical science can help equip you with the comprehensive physical science skills you need to educate your future students.
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.
Through Concordia’s ag degree, you will study a broad selection of agriculture courses that look at food production from start to finish so you are ready for a career in agriculture or natural resource-related sales, ag finance, or work in an extension office, government agency, land use organization or in production agriculture as a farmer or rancher.
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.
A dual degree in nursing from Nebraska’s Bryan College of Health Sciences and biology from Concordia University, Nebraska will prepare you for a career as a Registered Nurse (RN) and help you to improve individual, family and community health and wellness by applying evidence-based skills and knowledge in your practice.