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About the General Biology Degree Program

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Students in the Biology Comprehensive program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney learn how living organisms function, behave and interact, as well as how they develop, reproduce and evolve. Students at UNK will gain a solid foundation in biological and physical sciences and have opportunity to work one-on-one with professors who are specialized in various fields.

Undergraduates take a wide variety of biology classes, including both laboratory and field electives. Because of this broader study in biology, no minor is required to graduate.

For additional information contact:

Dr. Julie Shaffer
Professor of Biology


  • Field biologist
  • Genetic engineer
  • Research scientist
  • Environmental scientist
Christine Cutucache

“It’s the opportunities and experiences, more than coursework, that help shape a scientist,” Before entering college, she searched Midwest schools based on her interests – gene therapy and human immunodeficiency virus. “The experiences I had at UNK taught me how to apply my knowledge and hone skills that I wasn’t able to sufficiently in the classroom. These skills included the ability to speak in front of crowds of scientists at national meetings and to compile data into reports that were published for international audiences to read.”

Christine Cutucache

University of Nebraska at Omaha , Omaha, NE