A biology degree provides a foundation in the study of living organisms — a field that offers a variety of options for graduates. Careers in biology often require research, communication, teamwork, time management and computer skills. A biology major at Iowa Wesleyan combines scientific and research abilities with critical thinking and communication skills.

In addition to taking a comprehensive program of biology courses, biology majors have the opportunity to explore related fields such as chemistry, physics and mathematics. Graduates will have core scientific skills that can be used in a variety of ways, ranging from careers in education, industry or research to graduate study.

Biology majors will learn to

  • Describe the fundamental concepts of the biological sciences at an in-depth level.
  • Appreciate scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge related to laboratory and field techniques.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with sophisticated, state-of-the-art instrumentation.
  • Perform scientific investigations and interpret scientific data.
  • Demonstrate scientific writing skills.
  • Relate problem-solving to scientific learning.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to biological questions.
  • Demonstrate preparation for entry and success in science-related post graduate training programs, graduate and professional schools, industry or teaching.



Andrew Terrell ’16

“Here, in classrooms, in labs, our instructors work individually with each student, making for a better academic experience.”