Biology (Bachelor of Science)
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A Bachelor of Science (BS) in biology from Creighton University will prepare you to follow your passions wherever they lead—medicine, biotechnology, research, education, environmental fields and so much more.
Whether you go on to graduate or professional school or begin an exciting career upon graduation, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable research experience as an undergraduate. Working with a faculty mentor, you could earn research credit in a variety of ways, including research projects in the College of Arts and Science and affiliated with:
- Creighton University’s health professions schools
- The Boys Town National Research Hospital
- Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, and much more
At Creighton, you’ll not only gain the analytical, investigative and communications skills needed in the field of biology, but the ability to effectively respond to moral and ethical issues with biological dimensions.
Consider a major or minor in biology if you are curious about the natural world, are interested in health or environmental issues and enjoy learning how living systems function and interact.
If you’re interested in supplementing another degree program with knowledge of biology, consider the minor in biology. You’ll take two General Biology courses, and the rest of the minor offers some flexibility to focus on your areas of interest. You can explore many life science topics in upper division courses at the cellular and molecular, organismal, and ecological and evolutionary biology levels.
Creighton alumni who hold bachelor’s degrees in biology include physicians, dentists, deans of medical and graduate schools, veterinarians, research scientists, environmental analysts, teachers, nature center experts, religious leaders, presidents of major companies and many other professionals.
Recent biology graduates have gained employment with such firms as:
- Boys Town National Research Hospital
- Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo
- Metro Chiropractic
- Teach For America
- American Red Cross
- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
- Quality Living, Inc.
- U.S. Navy
- Myrtue Medical Center
- Integrated DNA Technologies
- The Retina Group
- Henry Jackson Foundation
- Midwest Laboratories
Biology is a popular major among our pre-medical and pre-dental students. Recent graduates have gone on to graduate and professional studies at such institutions as:
- Creighton University’s graduate and health professions schools
- Washington State University School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
- University of Kansas Medical Center
- Midwestern University
- Yale Medical School
- The analytical, investigative and communications skills needed to excel in the field of biology
- The ability to effectively respond to moral and ethical issues with biological dimensions
- Research skills and knowledge through exceptional undergraduate opportunities to work alongside renowned faculty mentors
- Biology Club
The biology club is a meeting place for students interested in biological sciences. Members exchange ideas with each other as well as with faculty.
- Green Jays
The Green Jays explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. We practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources. We encourage students to become involved in environmental issues and sustainability within the Creighton and greater Omaha area communities.
- Pre-Dental Society
The pre-dental society provides an educational service to undergraduate students interested in the dental profession and informs them of the mission of the Creighton University School of Dentistry.
- Pre-Medical Society
The pre-medical society fosters a general feeling of friendship and intellectual unity among its members. The organization serves as a source of information for its members regarding preparations to enter the field of medicine.
- Pre-Vet Club
The pre-vet club provides support and knowledge to students, who are interested in applying to veterinary schools. We expose members to various aspects of veterinary medicine, including hands-on experience and community service opportunities.
Creighton biology majors have opportunities to do faculty-mentored independent research, with the potential to publish and present at professional scientific meetings. Creighton offers summer and year-long research fellowships to undergraduates. Learn more at the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS).
To formally declare a major in biology, you will need to:
- complete BIO 201 and 202 with a grade of “C” or better in each,
- OR complete one 300-level or higher Biology course at Creighton with a grade of “C” or better.