Biology Major

Student using microscope

Program Description 

If you’re looking to earn a science degree, look no further than RU. We offer three different biology degree options:

  • Bachelor of Science in biology, organismal track
  • Bachelor of Science in biology, molecular track
  • Biology minor

Our biology degree offers world-class academics paired with a solid career outlook and allows you to further specialize your biology training by focusing on one track. Interested in other biology major-related careers? We provide opportunities to supplement your knowledge beyond these two tracks with an understanding of human and environmental biology.

The goal of our biology degree offerings is to give you a solid foundation to build upon as you look forward to a successful career in science.

What is Biology?

Earning a biology degree is a gateway to so many biology major careers, from medicine to research to conservation. In general, it is the study of living organisms. You can expect your biology degree program experience to include everything from courses on research to genetics to anatomy. See course maps below for a full snapshot.

Learning Outcomes 

Graduates who earn a biology degree from RU will be able to:

  • Describe unifying concepts in biology.
  • Use scientific methods and analyze quantifiable data.
  • Articulate scientific information both orally and in writing.
  • Use basic techniques and equipment used in biological investigation.
  • Work and communicate effectively as part of a team in a laboratory field or setting.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • National and international field biology major courses
  • Undergraduate research experiences with biology faculty in ecology, botany, genetics, parasitology, animal behavior, molecular biology, and microbiology
  • Hands on laboratory courses with authentic research experiences
  • Tri-Beta, Rockhurst University’s chapter of the national honor society for biology degree students
  • Lecture classes capped at 48 students or less
  • Opportunities for off-campus research through ongoing partnerships with the University of Kansas Medical Center and Stowers Institute for Medical Research


What can you do with a biology degree, you ask? The list of jobs with a biology degree are endless. Students completing a biology degree will be prepared for biology major careers or post-graduate education in fields such as:

  • Research
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Health care
  • Environmental biology
  • Conservation biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Education and beyond