Earn a Biology Degree
Build a foundation for a career in science, medicine or education
Biology is the study of life. Our program provides the highest quality education and equips you with an array of career options after graduation. Most biology majors pursue advanced training and/or degrees in the fields of health sciences and biomedical research.
Our private Catholic university offers a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Research, and a Minor in Biology. A degree in biology is used as a prerequisite for pre-dentistry, pre-med, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, and pre-veterinary.
About Our Biology Program
Bachelor of Science in Biology
This degree focuses on preparing you for a highly scientific career in a laboratory setting.
- Understand organisms and their relationship to the environment
- Function as a biologist, biochemist, or environmental scientist
- Continue on to a scientific graduate program
While earning your Bachelor of Science in Biology, you can expect to take classes including Microbiology, Trigonometry, Physiology, and Cell & Molecular Biology. A complete four-year plan of study can be found here.
Bachelor of Art in Biology
This degree focuses on a foundation in biology that allows you to teach at a high school level or continue on to further education.
- Work as a high school biology teacher
- Pursue a career that combines biology and sociology in environmental work or public health
- Continue on to a graduate program in areas such as education, law or public health
While earning your Bachelor of Arts in Biology, you can expect to take classes including General Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, and Anatomy. A complete four-year plan of study can be found here.
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Research
This degree focuses on preparing you for a career that combines chemistry and medicine.
- Work in the medical field, including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy and podiatry
- Continue on to graduate programs in areas such as biomedical engineering, exercise physiology, and neuroscience
- Function as a researcher or professor for a university
While earning your Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Research, you can expect to take classes including Neuroscience, Immunology, Kinesiology, and Exercise Physiology. The complete course catalog can be found here.
Pursue a Pre-Professional Program
Earning a degree in Biology is the first step for many students looking to go into a medical field. Learn more about the various pre-professional programs that we offer to our students with a foundation in biology: Dentistry, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Veterinary Science.
Minor in Biology
Interested in supporting your major with a Minor in Biology? The required curriculum for a Biology minor can be found here.
About Out Faculty
Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in biology. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.
While pursuing a degree in biology, you can expect a promising future. The biology field is projected to grow 5% between 2014 and 2024. Our students are prepared to meet the expected demand for biologists.
A degree in biology will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to biology. Here are some examples of potential biology careers and their median salaries:
- Agriculture and Food Scientist ($62,470 a year)
- Biological Technicians ($41,650 a year)
- Environmental Science Specialist ($67,460 a year)
- Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist ($59,680 a year)
Through our biology program, you have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by interning in our Wichita community. Some of our students have interned at physician’s offices and in clinical research programs.
Get Involved on Campus
One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our biology program, our students can join the Newman University Medical Professions Club, an organization of 200+ members that gives students of all pre-professional medical disciplines the opportunities for mentoring and community involvement (including mission trips). This organization allows for personal growth, networking, and future career success.
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Successful Program Outcomes
Success Story — FRANCISCO "PANCHO" FIELDS, Class of 2014
Newman alumnus Francisco “Pancho” Fields started his college career at Newman University and is now “transforming society.” After getting a MRSA infection his Freshman year, Francisco decided that he not only wanted to pursue a biology degree, but that he also wanted to continue to a graduate program that would allow him to further research treatments for infections like the one he was experiencing. He is now a Ph.D. student at Notre Dame, following his passion. When asked how Newman helped prepare him for this next step of his career, Francisco stated, “The biology department did a wonderful job of introducing me to a bunch of different experimental methods that are available and that we use in the biomedical sciences, which is mostly what I do.”
Success Story — GABE STEWART, CLASS OF 2015
Newman alumnus Gabe Stewart applied to be a student at Newman University after seeing the success his brother had. Four years older than Gabe, his brother had attended Newman for Biology and was accepted in the first round of applications for KU med school upon graduation. Gabe had similar aspirations and decided to try to follow in his brother’s footsteps. “I read a lot — actually, in the Wichita Eagle there was an article — that said Newman students have a great acceptance rate to post-graduate programs especially medical schools, so I knew that’s what I wanted to do eventually,” said Gabe. “So I applied myself, got accepted here, and I’ve just loved it ever since.” With hard work and the right opportunities, Gabe was able to start at KU Med School upon graduation, just like his brother. Read more about Gabe’s experiencing getting into med school here.
We think our university is great, but don’t just take our word for it. Hear what some of our previous students have to say about their experience.
"I feel like being at Newman, I've done significantly better than I would've done if I had gone somewhere else. I think it’s that the personal attention you get here from the professors — they know you, you get to know them, any questions that you have, they're willing to answer."
Blair Benton, Pre-Med
"A lot of the classes have been helping me actually refine my biochemistry and my microbiology so that I can really hone it into my work and actually understand all the processes that are happening."
Francisco “Pancho” Fields, Biology
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