Biological SciencesCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

Majoring in biological sciences means YOU can explore the living world—from molecules to ecosystems! You will have the unique opportunity to take an anatomy course that utilizes cadavers, and engage in research opportunities in everything from behavioral ecology to virology.

Cedar Point Biological Station offers hands-on lab and field courses during the summer. At Cedar Point, you will put concepts of biology into real world practice in a unique setting. This just might be the highlight of your undergraduate experience!

You are invited to explore your particular interests—microbiology, ecology, genetics, or physiology—through research course work and independent study directed by a faculty member. 

Requirements for the major include course work in cell and molecular biology, biodiversity, genetics, ecology and evolution. As you progress into the upper level courses you can enroll in electives such as:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biology of Viruses
  • Cancer Biology
  • Biopsychology
  • Invertebrate or Vertebrate Zoology
  • Plant Taxonomy, and many more

Career Opportunities

Biology is a broad field. With a bachelors in biology you have numerous, diverse career options.

Pursue a pre-professional track and become a:

  • physician
  • dentist
  • pharmacist
  • veterinarian
  • work in public health
  • health policy
  • health care administration

Work as a:

  • food industry researcher
  • conservationist
  • zoo keeper
  • pharmaceutical sales and production
  • Biomedical research
  • genetic counseling
  • bioinformatics

OR continue your education by pursuing a graduate program in molecular biology, genetics, ecology or another branch of life science.

Employment of recent Nebraska graduates include:

  • Associate Analyst, Celerion Labs
  • Burn Tech, St. Elizabeth Regional Health Center
  • Histotech, Pathology Medical Services
  • Laboratory Technician, POET Research Center, Inc
  • Missionary, Hong Kong Adventist College
  • Phlebotomist, BryanLGH
  • Plant Research Biologist, Midwest Research Inc
  • Research Technician II - Bio Process Development Facility, UNL

The NEBRASKA difference

Biology is integrative at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the facilities and research areas are numerous.

Nebraska’s Center for Virology combines the expertise of Nebraska’s leading biomedical research institutions:

The Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology is one of the most important centers of Systematic Parasitology and has produced 3 Henry Baldwin Ward Medalists—the highest annual award that is given by the American Society of Parasitologists.

The Center for Biotechnology promotes research on all aspects of molecular life sciences research leading to improvements in agriculture, health care and the environment.

Other labs and facilities include:

  • Ecosystems Analysis Laboratory
  • Nebraska Bioenergy Facilities
  • Center for Plant Science Innovation