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Charles Bicak, Chair
Professors: Bicak, Hertner, Nagel, Rothenberger, Spessard, Springer
Associate Professors: Albrecht, Ericson, Hoback, Steele, Twigg
Assistant Professors: K. Carlson, Eichhorst, Shaffer, Skinner
Senior Lecturer: Gronewold
Lecturers: Maddux, Simonson

Department Objectives:

Students who plan to major in Biology should have a strong high school background in science (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math). Those who have had (1) 3 years of high school science including biology and chemistry and a minimum score of 20 on the ACT, or (2) who CLEP BIOL 103GS may enroll in BIOL 104GS, Biology I, or BIOL 107GS, Biology II, which are applicable to General Studies requirements. Students not having this background should take BIOL 103GS.

A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in all courses counting towards a Biology major option is required for graduation.


Three options are available in this major:

  1. Biology Option - Bachelor of Science Degree
  2. Biology Comprehensive Option - Bachelor of Science Degree
    Wildlife Emphasis
    Molecular Biology Emphasis
    Environmental Emphasis
    Environmental Health Emphasis
    Agri-Biology Emphasis
  3. Biology 7-12 Teaching Subject Endorsement Option - Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

The minor in Biology is available for students pursuing majors in other disciplines.

Courses with the prefix BIOL are offered by the department.

The Department advises students in 2+2 programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, which are completed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL. The Department also advises Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Forestry and Wildlife students.

11 May 2006