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Department of Biology

Curious Minds

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Department of Biology 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 and phenomena found in the realm of biology. The department seeks to educate its students beyond the simple acquisition of information by encouraging active student participation in the actual “doing” of biology. Hands-on lecture activities are incorporated into most courses, and laboratories allow students to carry out experiments and procedures performed by professionals in those fields of biology.

Major Options

Minor Options

  • Biology
  • Science & Technology
  • Environmental Sustainability and Community Resilience

Teacher Certification

  • Secondary Level (Grades 6-12)

Why Study Biology at KWU? You'll "do" biology!

Students can be right in thick of nature and learn by doing in the lab and in the field. If you love the outdoors and wildlife, if you enjoy studying living things, if you are deeply curious about the traits of various species and have the patience to engage in long studies in potentially messy settings, KWU can get you started on a rewarding journey of exploration and discovery about the fascinating natural world around us. 

National Biological Honors Society & Departmental Clubs

Students can participate in three groups while at KWU: Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honors Society, the KWU Biology Club, and the KWU Medical & Health Society. Through these clubs, KWU students gain valuable experience with established professionals, engage and increase community awareness about a variety of biological topics, and have the opportunity to participate in local, national, and international field trips. 


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 biological 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 

What can I do with this degree? Study and engage our world!

Dr.  Kyle Gunnerson '91 serves as chief of the newly-formed Division of Critical Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. He is also associate professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Internal Medicine. Read More.

A degree in Biology from KWU can lead you to further study of living organisms such as animals, plants, humans and even bacteria, with further studies at the graduate level possible to learn about the treatment of diseases and ways to protect and sustain the natural environment. Career fields for biology majors are wide-ranging and include research in the medical and life sciences, such as health and disease, neurology, genomics, microbiology and pharmacology. Healthcare is another good field for biologists, assisting with developing campaigns to help treat and cure illnesses. With further studies, Biology majors may pursue a challenging careers like veterinarian, medical doctor, nurse, physician's assistant, dentist or other healthcare professional. The study of living creatures is another possibility, with careers in marine biology, zoology, conservation, ecology and environmental management. You might consider becoming a science teacher at the school or college level. Other careers possibilities include biotechnology, forensic science, government and policy, business and industry, financial analyst, biological economics, patent and science law, science publishing and communication.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Welter, chair of the Biology Department, or call (785) 833-4454. 

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