Welcome to the Doane College Biology Department
The science of biology plays a central role in important issues like global climate change, stem cell research and ecological restoration, as well as global health issues such as Ebola, avian influenza, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.
The goal of the Doane College biology degree program is to help you develop a strong foundation of biological concepts grounded in:
1) critical thinking
2) experimental design
3) written and oral communication
4) practical application of biological knowledge in both field and laboratory settings.
Through the Doane biology program, students will learn to see common strategies that exist across life and biological scales from individual molecular interactions through whole ecosystem energy flow. Students will become familiar with the relationship between structure and function of biological molecules, organisms and ecosystems. This approach helps students avoid artificial compartmentalizing of biology into its various scales. Reorganizing biology content in this way can help students see commonalities that can serve as anchors from which to build in future courses and learning experiences. In addition to better preparing students for the biological professions of today, our curriculum helps foster a greater appreciation for the discipline as a whole.
The biology major, beginning with an intensive introductory sequence and culminating in a capstone research experience, prepares students for careers and continuing study in a wide range of biological disciplines from traditional fields of study such as medicine and physical therapy to emerging fields such as biophysics, bioinformatics and molecular genetics.
Key Features of the Doane College Biology Degree Program
In the current scientific and medical environment where research and treatments are often interdisciplinary and large in scale, it is just as important that students learn how to DO biology as it is for them to gain an understanding of general biological concepts and content. Doane students have a variety of opportunities to conduct research, both independently and with our professional faculty.
In the Doane College biology program students will:
- The Doane College biology program is one of the only programs in Nebraska that requires its majors to take part in an independent capstone research experience
- Faculty members and students are involved with large-scale, collaborative research with numerous universities across the globe
- Human cadaver-based Anatomy and Physiology classes
- Low student to faculty ratio (fewer than 30 students)
- Pre-Med advisory committee that helps health pre-professional students prepare their applications for medical school throughout their college career
By focusing the curriculum on connections across biological scales, students avoid artificially compartmentalizing biology. Our curriculum prepares students for the biological professions of today while fostering a better appreciation for the discipline of biology as a whole.
- Develop a deep understanding of foundational biological concepts and experimental design
- Enhance written and oral communication skills
- Apply biological knowledge to real-world problems in both the field and the laboratory
- Learn the common strategies that exist across biological scales, from individual molecular interactions to whole ecosystem energy flow
- Understand the relationship between structure and function of biological molecules, organisms, and ecosystems
The biology major, beginning with an inquiry-based introductory sequence and culminating in a capstone research experience, prepares student for careers of today and continuing study in a wide range of biological disciplines from traditional fields of study such as medicine and physical therapy to emerging fields such as biophysics, bioinformatics, and molecular genetics.
If you’re interested in taking biology courses in Nebraska, consider choosing Doane College’s biology degree program.