College of Arts and Sciences


Location: Crete
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Biology plays a central role in important issues like ecological restoration, global climate change, and stem cell research, as well as global health issues like avian influenza, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis.

At Doane, our curriculum is designed to give you the top 10 skills most employers and professional schools are looking for while fostering an appreciation for the discipline of biology as a whole. You will learn to see common strategies that exist across life and biological scales from individual molecular interactions through whole ecosystem energy flow. You will become familiar with the relationship between structure and function. And you will develop a strong foundation in critical thinking, experimental design, and communication while conducting real-world research.

Your education will begin with an inquiry-based introductory sequence and culminate in a capstone experimental research project (we’re one of the only programs in the state designed this way). All preparing you for a career or continued study in a wide range of biological disciplines—from medicine and physical therapy to bioinformatics and molecular genetics.

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A degree in biology prepares you for a wide range of careers after graduation, from entry-level positions as technicians, sales staff, and consultants to graduate studies in a wide variety of fields, including Public Health, Plant Pathology, Genetics, Virology, Computational Biology, Chemistry, Medicine (Physicians Assistant, Physical Therapist, Physician, Dentist, Optometrist, etc.), Veterinary Science, and even Law.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist
2017 Median Pay: $51,770 per year
Job Outlook: +13% over the next 10 years
Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

Genetic Counselor
2017 Median Pay: $77,480 per year
Job Outlook: +29% over the next 10 years
Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information and support to other healthcare providers, or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.

2017 Median Pay: $158,120 per year
Job Outlook: +19% over the next 10 years
Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients' teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

Physician or Surgeon
2017 Median Pay: >$208,000 per year
Job Outlook: +13% over the next 10 years
Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventative healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

2017 Median Pay: $110,300 per year
Job Outlook: +18% over the next 10 years
Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses, as needed.

Technical Writer
2017 Median Pay: $70,930
Job Outlook: +11% over the next 10 years
Technical writers prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization's communications channels.

2017 Median Pay: $90,420 per year
Job Outlook: +19% over the next 10 years
Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.

Zoologist or Wildlife Biologist
2017 Median Pay: $62,290 per year
Job Outlook: +8% over the next 10 years
Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behavior, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.


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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 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 352 - Genomes and Phenomes (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)
BIO 494 - Bioscience Research (2)
MTH 107 - Problem Solving (3)
MTH 108 - Modeling & Applications (3)
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)
Beta Beta Beta
Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta) is an honor society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.
Doane Sports Medicine
Doane Sports Medicine is closely related to the Student Athletic Training (SAT) staff in the Doane Athletics Training Room. It builds a closer bond between the SATs who can share encouragement and concerns during their consideration and pursuit of graduate school, whether it's for Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, or one of the many other possibilities.
Health and Medical Occupations Club
Health and Medical Occupations Club (HMOC) helps prepare members for future careers in medical-related fields (pharmacy, dentistry, physical or occupational therapy, medicine, etc.). Activities include touring UNMC and Creighton, providing job shadowing experiences, community service, and putting together a portfolio.
Roots and Shoots
"Founded by Dr. Jane Goodall, the Roots & Shoots program inspires youth of all ages to make a difference by becoming involved in their communities. Each Roots & Shoots group plans and implements service-learning projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment, and the human community." Source: Jane Goodall website
Wildlife and Conservation Organization
Wildlife and Conservation Organization (W.A.C.O.) is involved in activities including habitat conservation, outdoor events, and climate change initiatives. We encourage a better understanding of wildlife, conservation, and environmental issue affecting society and the world today.

Health Professions Advisory Committee

A large portion of Doane biology majors plan to pursue a health career. Preparation is very important and involves many areas of campus—students need a strong education in the sciences, excellent communication skills, and a demonstrated interest in service. Advisors in the Health Professions Advisory Committee work with you (in addition to your academic advisor) to help plan your coursework, find shadowing and internship experiences, develop skills for taking entrance exams, and find information on the best professional programs for you.

Three-Year graduation guarantee

Are you focused on your career path and motivated to move ahead at a faster pace? We haven't modified what it takes to graduate with a biology degree. Instead, we thought progressively about how you can meet graduation requirements at an accelerated pace. Save on tuition and get into the job market or graduate school more quickly while still receiving a world-class liberal arts education from Doane.

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