The Department of Biology
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Dr. Weston Opitz, Chair
The Department of Biology at Kansas Wesleyan University offers a wide range of courses designed to provide the student community with a comprehensive exposure to the living world. The curriculum of the department is designed to introduce students to the varieties of organisms, phenomena, and organizational levels found in the realm of biology. The department seeks to educate its students beyond the simple acquisition of information. The department especially strives to encourage the development of the following qualities and abilities in its students:
- An appreciation of, curiosity about, and respect for living things and processes
- A basic understanding of the important concepts and generalizations in biology.
- The ability to critically analyze past, present, and future ideas in biology.
- The skills necessary to conduct meaningful biological research in the field, the laboratory, and the library.
- The motivation to apply their knowledge of biology to improving their own lives and the global environment.
- Ability to successfully pursue advanced degrees or hold jobs related to biology.
Classroom activities include student participation in three clubs: the Biology Club, the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, and the KWU Medical Health Club. Through these clubs, KWU students gain valuable experience with established professionals and participate in local, national, and international field trips.
A Bachelor of Science degree may be obtained for majors in Biology, Biomedical Chemistry, and Biology Education (Grades 6-12). The department also offers minors in Biology and Science & Technology.