Biology Degree
Biology Degree

Bachelor of Science Biology

Science leads us to new discoveries

Biology is the disciplined study of living organisms. The Biology Degree is a vital part of liberal arts education, enabling students to develop an appreciation of their own biological nature as well as the great variety and communities of organisms with which they come into contact and are dependent on. Majoring in biology prepares students for communication of scientific knowledge, research, and advanced study in the life sciences. Topics are studied in learning communities as students examine theories and ideas with an experimental inquiry.

Within the mission of IW, the Division of Science strives to provide an educational process that empowers students to meet their potential. The Division accomplishes this through vigorous innovative teaching. The student is engaged in the mastery of the IW Life Skills through both personalized and community learning.
In addition, students will find that the science programs provide a solid foundation for graduate level education in the behavioral or professional sciences for those students who wish to continue their education beyond the bachelor degree.

Internship opportunities are included in each program and offer real life experiences in preparation for future careers.

A major in the biological sciences prepares students for communication of scientific knowledge, research and advanced study in the life sciences. Topics are studies in learning communities as students examine theories and ideas with an experimental inquiry.

This program includes:

  • Hands-on experiential learning
  • Internships with community organizations and businesses
  • Student-faculty research projects
  • Developing critical thinking and communication skills
  • Building relationships within the field and community at large
  • Applying a unique understanding of biology

Biology Concentrations Offered On-Campus

At IW, students can customize their education by completing core and support courses as well as choosing from different concentration areas to flexibly meet their career goals.

Biology Major

Students must complete all requirements, support courses, and development series in the biology major.

Complete all of the following:

  • BIO 105 General Biology I
  • BIO 205 General Biology II
  • BIO 241 or 241 Anatomy and Physiology I or II
  • BIO 350 Microbiology
  • BIO 355 Genetics
  • BIO/CHEM 495 Research in Biology or Chemistry
  • BIO 498 Internship
  • BIO 499 Biology Seminar I

Complete all of the following:

  • CHEM 175 General Chemistry I with lab
  • CHEM 176 General Chemistry II with lab
  • MATH 171 Elementary Statistics

Complete one (1) of the following:

  • WS 300 Global Issues
  • WS 315 Social Justice and Service
  • WS 380 Global Health Care

Career Opportunities in Biology

Depending on your chosen concentration here is a list of potential career avenues.

  • Biological Technician
  • Biochemist
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Biology Teacher
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Health Communications Specialists
  • Health Educator
  • Medical Product Sales Representative

  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Science Writer
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist

Career Outcomes

2021 Median Pay
Biological Technicians
Forensic Science Technicians
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists


Beta Beta Beta

Beta Beta Beta

Beta Beta Beta is a Biological Honor Society for students of the biological sciences

Campus Activity Board

Campus Activity Board

A student run organization whose mission is to bring entertainment and engagement to the students of IW.

IW Hands Club

IW Hands Club

The IW Hands Service Club focuses on service-learning and living the Iowa Wesleyan motto of being tenacious, inspired, global, engaged, and respectful.


Meet The Professors

Headshot of William Hansen

Assistant Professor of Biology and Program Coordinator of Natural Sciences & Biology
Science Hall; Room 214

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Gail Kunch

Assistant Professor of Biology and Agribusiness
Science Hall

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Headshot of Paula Vallone

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Science Hall; Room 306

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