Biology Major

Covering everything from molecules to cells to ecosystems, Truman’s biology program prepares you for a vast range of career possibilities—research, medicine, biotechnology, academics and more.  With a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in biology, you will earn the professional training, expertise, and critical-thinking skills to excel in a variety of fields.

Exploring the Unity and Diversity of Living Systems

As a biology major, you develop a comprehensive understanding of the basic laws, principles, and current theories of biology from the cellular to the ecosystem level. By combining a set of core classes with a mix of electives, you personalize your degree to fit your individual interests and talents. And you develop the analytical skills and technical expertise for a lifetime of learning.

Real World Experience

At Truman, you have unlimited opportunities to cultivate your personal interests, develop leadership skills, and make life-long connections through a variety of co-curricular activities within an active biology community.

  • Join the Biology Honor Society or the American Medical Student Association and interact with students with similar career aspirations.
  • Work alongside a faculty mentor as a teaching assistant in a lab course.
  • Pursue research opportunities in the field, laboratory, or both in settings like Magruder Hall, the University Farm or the natural areas of northeast Missouri.
  • Explore coral reef ecology in Belize or manage large mammals in Africa through one of our unique study-abroad options.

Preparing for Lives that Matter

Whether you advance to a health professional or educational program, a research-based M.S. or Ph.D. program, or you enter into the workforce in a science-related job, you will graduate with a portfolio of skills to succeed.

  • 30 percent of our biology majors enter the workforce directly, for employers such as Monsanto and Stowers Medical Research
  • Truman students have a 70 percent acceptance rate to health-related professional schools, compared to the national average of 43 percent
  • Notable graduate schools include Creighton University, Loyola University, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Washington University in St. Louis

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