May 24, 2024  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Brian Spooner, Director
David Rintoul, Associate Director
John Blair, Associate Director
A. Lorena Passarelli, Associate Director
Kent Kerby, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies

University Distinguished Professors: Blair, Denell, Dodds, Hartnett, Joern, and Spooner; Professors: Briggs, Brown, Chapes, Clem, Gido, Herman, Kaufman, Montelone, Sandercock, Welti, With, and Wong; Associate Professors: Asano, Ferguson, Fleming, Hancock, Haukos, Johnson, Jumpponen, Kerby, Mather, Michel, Morgan, Nippert, Passarelli, Rintoul, and Ungerer; Assistant Professors: Beeser, Boyle, Govind, Horne, Lee, Olson, Roelofs, Rothenburg, Schrick, Tazi, Vediyappan, and Veeman; Instructors: Bear, Herren, Pacey, Rhodes, Robinson, Smith-Caldas, and Snyder; Research Assistant Professors: Boyle,Craine, Horne, D. Kaufman, G. Kaufman, Mayfield, Singh, and Zhang; Emeriti Faculty: Bode, G. Conrad, Paulsen, Perchellet, C. Smith, Takemoto, Tomb, and Williams; Director of the Konza Prairie Biological Station: Briggs.

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The biology undergraduate requirements provide students a basic understanding of biological principles and methods and allow students to build on that base by further intensive or extensive study.

Course offerings and curricula accurately reflect both recent developments in the field of biology and changing requirements of students. Undergraduate majors are offered in biology; microbiology; and fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology, plus the professional (paramedical) and pre-professional areas. Students majoring in areas of the Division of Biology are assigned advisors to assist in planning their academic programs. Course offerings and degree requirements are sufficiently broad to allow great flexibility in tailoring a program of study to the interests and needs of an individual student. Undergraduate curriculum planning, including choice of areas of emphasis and elective courses, is ultimately the responsibility of students in consultation with their advisors.

Pre-professional curricula

Students preparing to seek admission to veterinary, medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy, medical technology, and other professional schools may major in biology (or another discipline) provided the specific pre-professional requirements are met. Students should work with both an appropriate pre-professional advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office and a biology advisor to assure the proper planning of an academic program to meet their professional goals.

Students preparing to be biology teachers in secondary education are encouraged to pursue a degree program in the Division of Biology. Students should utilize both an advisor in the College of Education (regarding certification requirements and education courses) and a Division of Biology advisor.

Bachelor of Science and Biology (EDBSC ) Teacher Licensure Program

Undergraduate research

The Division of Biology encourages exceptionally motivated students to participate in biology research, as a way of using information obtained in the classroom. This is especially encouraged for students intending to apply to graduate programs or professional programs following graduation. Students may receive course credit for these activities, which can be used to fill major elective requirements. Opportunities are available in the laboratories of individual faculty members, often with funding provided from research grants obtained by faculty efforts. Students may learn of these opportunities by discussion with faculty members having interests in biology which are similar to their own.



Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science/Master of Science