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Welcome to the Doane University 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 University 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 University 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 University 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)
  • Health Professions Advisory Committee that helps health pre-professional students prepare their applications for medical and other professional schools throughout their college career
In the Doane University 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 University’s biology degree program.
Three-Year Graduation 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

Lied Science BuildingBiology 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.

Specialized Program Opportunities


Doane University SUCCESS Scholarship Program - A Scholarship program for STEM students.

The SUCCESS Program is a scholarship program for students with interests of careers in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  SUCCESS scholars can receive financial support of upto $10,000/year for all four years at Doane (as determined by your FAFSA form). We anticipate an average award amount of $5,000/year, with a minimum scholarship of $2000/year.

For the incoming class of 2016-2017 we anticipate having 12-15
scholarships available (depending on the size of scholarships awarded).

The SUCCESS in the program name stands for Sustaining Undergraduate Classroom and Career Excellence for STEM Students.

IF YOU LOVE SCIENCE....YOU SHOULD APPLY TO THE PROGRAM!!! (follow link below for more details on the program and the program application)

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Doane Summer Research Experience

Even before our biology students carry-out their Experimental Senior Capstone Research Project there is a  program at Doane where students can do research beginning from their summer after their freshmen year.  The Doane Summer Research Program provides funds (nearly $2000) for students to live on campus and carry out an a one-on-one research project with faculty with faculty members in the Lied Science Division.  Often times students who start their research earlier in their college experience use these to develop rich senior research projects.  See a Biology Department faculty member for more information.

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Doane INBRE Biomedical Research Program 

The INBRE Program is designed to improve the competitiveness of biomedical research in the state of Nebraska. INBRE is supported by the National Institute of Health and the National Center for Research Resources. Ten undergraduate and three graduate schools in Nebraska work together to recognize the importance of biomedical research and to provide opportunities to pursue such cutting edge breakthroughs at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and medicine. Doane University is one of the undergraduate campuses.

INBRE Scholars

INBRE Scholars are science students selected during their sophomore year of college.  They are given a two year opportunity to participate in biomedical research with research active faculty. This research is conducted in the laboratories of the participating institutions. INBRE Scholars also attend a Research Fundamentals workshop located at one of the three graduate school colleges. At Doane University, up to three selected INBRE scholars will receive a research stipend and room and board to participate in an intensive 10 week summer program on bioinformatics and biomedical research.   This is the summer between their sophomore and junior year.  The scholars will return to Doane and continue to receive financial support to conduct biomedical/bioinformatics research during their junior academic year, junior/senior summer and senior academic year.  Scholars will meet weekly for Biomedical Research Seminar and will participate in regional and perhaps national conferences to present their research.  Scholars completing the program requirements, achieving the minimum graduate school entrance requirements including GPA and GRE scores and accepted into a program at UN-L, UNMC or Creighton Medical Center will receive a stipend and tuition waiver for their first year of graduate school.

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The Iowa Illinois Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education (IINSPIRE) is an alliance among sixteen state, private, and community colleges in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska, working together to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education the Midwest.   IINSPIRE is a part of the national Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), a National Science Foundation program seeking to increase the number of underrepresented minorities majoring in STEM fields.

The Doane University IINSPIRE LSAMP Program is focusing on

  • encouraging interest in STEM majors by underrepresented minorities
  • facilitating the transition from high school and community colleges to science and mathematics programs at Doane
  • helping students gain expertise and experience in conducting scientific research
  • providing students access to mentoring opportunities

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Student Organizations

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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 316 - Introduction to Computational Biology (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 I (4)
PHY 108 - Introductory Physics II (4)
PHY 201 - General Physics I (4)
PHY 202 - General Physics II (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)

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