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
July 6, 2020
In accordance with CDC guidelines, and in consultation with the city of Kirksville and the Adair County Health Department, Truman will host its Aug. 1 commencement ceremony in a virtual format.
July 6, 2020
Since it began in 2004, the Truman Compost Project has diverted more than 100,000 pounds of food scraps from the landfill annually.