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  • Program Type
    Major, Minor
  • Degrees Offered
  • School
    School of Arts & Sciences

Prepare for a career as a professional biologist. Gain the background you need for medical, dental, or chiropractic school.

What You’ll Learn

The biology major provides a broad foundation in the biological sciences. In addition to gaining communication, analytical, and critical thinking skills, you will gain an understanding of the role that individuals and society play in improving our natural environment.

Prepare for Professional School

Combine your biology major with study in our pre-medicine, pre-physician assistant, pre-dentalpre-optometry, or pre-chiropractic.

Prepare for a Career in Wildlife or Conservation

Combine your biology major with a wildlife management & conservation concentration and develop the skills for an entry-level biologist position with a government agency, non-governmental organization (NGO), or private company. This concentration will also prepare you for a graduate program in wildlife biology, conservation, ecology, and other related fields.

Gain Hands-on Experience

Gain hands-on laboratory experience and research skills through our student-led research projects. Students also have the opportunity to participate in our SURVE program and conduct independent research with biology faculty.

Become an Educator

For those interested in teaching at the high school or middle school level, you can combine your major with the biology education or health education degree in preparation for getting your teaching license. 

Get Your Degree in Less Time

You can earn your biology bachelor’s in 2.6 years or complete your bachelor’s and a Master of Science in Bioethics in four years through Mary’s innovative Year-Round Campus program.

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Chair of Biology Dr. Jim Maskey, Chair of Biology Education Dr. Michael Lares, and students share what it’s like to study biology and biology education at Mary.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

A bachelor’s in biology is a versatile degree, as students graduate with strong critical thinking skills that are in demand across a wide range of fields, including health care, biomedical research, and industry. Many University of Mary biology majors enter professional school — including medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, physician assistant, or chiropractic school — or pursue graduate studies.

Career Paths

  • Wildlife or Conservation Biologist
  • Health Care Professional
  • Educator
  • Research Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Science Journalist
  • Genetic Counselor

A senior at the University of Mary, Luke Keller, talks about his SEA PHAGES course.

Featured Faculty

David S. Ronderos, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I have been a faculty member in the biology program since 2013. I have taught courses on anatomy & physiology, hematology, cell and molecular biology, HHMI SEA-PHAGES, and I developed our biology capstone course, Evolution and the Integration of Knowledge. I assist in our pre-medicine program, and I'm a Catholic studies fellow and a member of the Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS).

In 2017, I helped launch a unique summer research program called SURVE, which provides paid lab research internship opportunities to students. SURVE has enjoyed funding support from the NIH ND-INBRE program.

John Boyle, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I am a biologist with an interest in using big data sets, both molecular and ecological, to understand the natural world and the relationships among different species.

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