Hands-on learning and research — in the classroom, through field opportunities and via one-on-one mentorships — is how Central College's biology department will help you stand out. You'll gain significant experience using state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment in Vermeer Science Center and at our 80-acre Carlson-Kuyper Field Station, strengthening your resume for future employers and graduate or professional programs.
As a biology major at Central, you'll benefit from many sought-after internships and research opportunities alongside expert faculty — some as early as your sophomore year. Or take advantage of in-depth, hands-on experiences within a range of healthcare fields. Central students find this type of early participation contributes greatly to making them top candidates for prospective employers and graduate programs.
We face enormous global problems — and expanding opportunities — especially in the areas of social, medical and environmental issues. Biologists have an important role to play, individually and as team members. Discover the many ways you, as a Central biology major, can make a positive impact on the future of humankind and our planet. At Central, we'll help prepare you for an extraordinary life of professional achievement and personal satisfaction.
You’ll have countless opportunities to learn and meet leaders in the health field through the Heartland Global Health Consortium. Central is a founding member of the consortium, which consists of 10 Iowa-based institutions, collaborating on educational and research opportunities in global health.
You’ll conduct hands-on research with Central faculty members and others to gain early and significant experience in all levels of research, from hypothesis building to data analysis and communicating results at scientific meetings.
During summer breaks, the Arthur J. Bosch Endowment for Student Research supports collaborative research projects with faculty and alumni, including topics like the impact of drought on prairie plants and the distribution of the endangered Indiana bat.
It’s experiences like these that take your college career to the next level — and get the attention of employers and graduate schools.
Feel confident you are immersed in a progressive community. Central’s Vermeer Science Center was awarded the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council, the first LEED-rated building in the state. Students have direct access to classrooms and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and presentation technology. Additionally, several parks and wildlife areas are within 10 minutes of campus, including Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.
Central students can study off-campus — both internationally or domestically in the United States. These opportunities give students the chance to prepare to be global citizens, equipped to compete in the global job market. Students can check out experiences led by Central faculty or attend select academic programs across the world that provide opportunities for study, service, internships and other types of experiential learning. Options include experiences in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Central America, Ghana, England, the Scottish Highlands and more.
Biology majors also have the chance to explore the tropic ecology of Central America with Central faculty.
Central faculty members Paulina Mena and Russ Benedict created two modules for PEERS.
Thanks to rigorous coursework and research opportunities, 92 percent of biology students who applied to graduate school were accepted into a program of their choice.
Central's biology department equips students for future research with hundreds of internship opportunities, which prepare students for graduate school.
Introductory courses such as Introduction to Cells and Diversity of Life lay the foundation for the biology major. In the second year, students begin to explore biology more deeply in ecology and genetics. Both the junior and senior years include research opportunities, seminars and electives in a student’s specific area of interest.
Electives include botany, human anatomy, animal biology, microbiology, tropical ecology, evolutionary medicine, conservation biology, aquatic toxicology and many others.
Learn more about this discipline in the course catalog.