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Biology

Campus Location: 
Crete
School: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Overview

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.
  • Dr. Marley and Student ResearchThe 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
In the Doane College biology program students will:
  • 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
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. 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.
Three-Year Graduation Program
Three Year Program: 

Focused on a major – and a career – in Biology and motivated to move ahead at a faster pace? Doane offers a Three-Year Graduation Program backed with a three-year guarantee.

The three-year degree program isn't for everybody. Students must apply and eligibility and acceptance are based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores and credits earned prior to enrollment.

For those committed students who fit this option, faculty have created an intensive academic plan with a three-year course schedule.

Learning Environment

doane055.jpgBiology degree programs at Doane incorporate both classroom studies and intensive laboratory or field experiences. Abundant unspoiled nature allows for study beyond the classroom in Nebraska. 

Our $10.2 million Lied Science and Mathematics Building provides an exceptional environment for study, research and interaction:

  • Five chemistry labs featuring state-of-the-art equipment
  • Hands-on access to high-tech instruments, such as a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer and gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer
  • Extensive group work

Individualized experiments challenge students to think on their own and provide the opportunity to learn from others at the same time.

Faculty
Specialized Program Opportunities

 

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Participating in research is an enriching and rewarding experience. 

Below are this year's recent research projects and the faculty assisting them:

Summer 2012 Science Research Projects
Student(s) Faculty Project title/description
Jillian Ourada and Casondra Kleven Barb Clement Collection and analysis of glucagon and cortisol hormonal response pathways in rats and the mathematical modeling of the relationship of these hormonal pathways
Ryan Corrigan Barb Clement Community Integrated Biomass Gasification
Jaime Gabel Barb Clement Antibiotic resistance changes in oral microbial flora
Tracy Guy Tessa Durham Brooks The Effect of Plant Nutrients on Microbial Growth
Halie Smith Tessa Durham Brooks The Detection of Additional Glutamate Receptors Involved in the Gravitropic Response of Arabidopsis thaliana
Miles Mayer and Grant Dewey Tessa Durham Brooks and Brad Elder The Effect Of Volatile Signaling On Arabidopsis Floral Terpenoid Production
Jesse Koenig Ramesh Laungani Impacts of biochar on the invasion and success of Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) into grasslands
Brianna Dickinson Ramesh Laungani Testing the effect of household chemicals on vertebrate decomposition
Sydney Jumps Ramesh Laungani and Brad Elder Examining temporal variation in insect diversity associated wtih cattle tank water "islands"
Kurt Harders Kate Marley Expression of candidate transcription factors putatively involved in regulating N-cadherin transcription
Kylee Pernicek and Megan Wingate Kate Marley Evaluating the impact of differentiation agents on breast cancer stem cell tumorsphere formation
Maire Rose Donnelly Kate Marley N-cadherin expression in breast cancer cells treated with the methylation inhibitor 5'-azacytidine
Michaela Hruska Kate Marley Expression of candidate transcription factors putatively involved in regulating N-cadherin transcription
Amy Craig Chris Wentworth and Tessa Durham Brooks Characteristics of the Velocity Field in Roots of Arabidopsis thaliana Seedlings
Rachel Gibson Ramesh Laungani and Heather York Understanding bird and Neo-tropical bat wing morphometrics and their relationship to weight bearing ability
Erin Stukenholtz Ramesh Laungani and Heather York Examining dietary behavior in neo-tropical bat species using stable isotopes
Brooke Segerstrom Ramesh Laungani Testing the relationship between age and retinal druse buildup in age-related macular degeneration
Landon Miller Ramesh Laungani Understanding variation in mineral nutrition on artificial insemination rates in cattle
Lizabeth Reimers Ramesh Laungani Examining effects of distillers grain on cattle weight gain
Brad Higgins Chris Wentworth and Tessa Durham Brooks Developing Computer Detection Algorithms for Arabidopsis Seedling Roots in Microscope Images
Autumn Longo Tessa Durham Brooks and Mark Wilson Producing a metabolic fingerprint for Arabidopsis thaliana parental lines using proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Ross Jenkins Alec Engebretson and Tessa Durham Brooks Setup and validation of a local cluster for distributed computing applications
Alyssa Hangman Tessa Durham Brooks Introduction to the project "Analysis of genome function using machine vision and computation" and determination of research interests
Brad Higgens and Tyler Pooschke Tessa Durham Brooks Introduction to the project "Analysis of genome function using machine vision and computation" and development of presentation strategies for the project to general audiences

 

Student Organizations
Coursework

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BIO 110 - Inquiry Laboratory: Introduction to Biological Investigation (3)
BIO 111 - Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 - Information of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
BIO 202 - Biology Career Seminar (1)
BIO 295 - Biostatistics (3)
BIO 351 - Biology Research I (2)
CHM 351 - Chemistry Research I (2)
EVS 351 - Environmental Science Research I (2)
BIO 495 - Biology Research II (4)
CHM 495 - Chemistry Research II (2)
RES 495 - Research II (1-2)
EVS 495 - Environmental Research II (2)
BIO 496 - Biology Research III (3)
CHM 496 - Chemistry Research III (2)
RES 496 - Research III (1-2)
EVS 496 - Environmental Research III (2)
BIO 326 - Comparative Anatomy (4)
BIO 332 - Ecological Zoology (4)
BIO 333 - Ecological Botany (4)
BIO 335 - Molecular Biology (4)
BIO 348 - Microbiology (4)
BIO 356 - Human Physiology (4)
BIO 308 - Animal Behavior (3)
BIO 317 - Introduction to Immunology (3)
BIO 331 - Cell Biology (3)
BIO 340 - Evolution (3)
BIO 345 - Conservation Biology (3)
BIO 355 - Human Anatomy (4)
CHM 125 - General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 126 - General Chemistry II (4)
PHY 107 - Introductory Physics (4)
PHY 108 - Introductory Physics (4)
PHY 201 - General Physics (4)
PHY 202 - General Physics (4)
MTH 107 - Problem Solving (3)
MTH 108 - Modeling & Applications (3)
BIO 494 - Bioscience Research (2)
SCI 322 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences I (0-1)
SCI 324 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences II (0-1)
SCI 326 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences III (0-1)
SCI 327 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences IV (4)
GEO 101 - Environmental Geology (4)
GEO 103 - Physical Geology (4)
MTH 235 - Calculus I (4)