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About the Biology Degree Program

On Campus

Students in the Biology degree program at the UNK learn how living organisms function, behave and interact, as well as how they develop, reproduce and evolve. Graduates leave the program ready to pursue careers in scientific and health-related fields, or to pursue a graduate degree.

Biology majors gain a solid foundation in biological and physical sciences and have opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on real research projects. The biology department brings in millions of dollars in grants each year to support research, providing opportunities for undergraduate students to travel and work directly with faculty mentors.

In this program, students major in Biology and choose either a second major or a minor. Chemistry or Physics are popular parings, but students are able to choose from any program offered at UNK.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Janet Steele

Professor of Biology

Connect with a Biology Faculty Member

Connect with a Biology Faculty Member

Faculty members are more than happy to connect one-on-one about your academic and career goals. Feel free to reach out with any questions you have about programs and opportunities at UNK. Contact Dr. Julie Shaffer

Biology Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Biology, Bachelor of Science

Minor Offered

Biology minor available on-campus


Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

What can you do with a Biology Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Biology graduates work for.


  • Environmental scientist
  • Government inspector
  • Career in academia
  • Healthcare fields
  • Research scientist
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative

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