Biology is the study of living organisms. Most of our students in this field follow either of two possible tracks: Biology or Allied Health Sciences. The Biology track prepares students for transfer to a variety of Biology majors at other institutions. Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Marine Biology, and Animal Science are just a few of the majors pursued by Cottey graduates in the past. A Biology major can also lead to medical school, veterinary school, physical therapy programs, or laboratory research in graduate school. The Allied Health Sciences track prepares students primarily for transfer into Nursing programs.
Although we provide preliminary training for a variety of majors and careers, our particular departmental strengths reflect the backgrounds of our professors. Dr. Chris Peterson is a zoologist, and Dr. Robert Jones is a molecular biologist. For more specific information about our Biology curriculum, please use the Faculty and Courses tabs above the first paragraph on this page. The Biology program fits well with our Chemistry program, and small class sizes in both provide students with greater access to professors and laboratory instruments. Our laboratories are spacious and well-equipped, and students who succeed in our courses of study are well-prepared for transfer into baccalaureate Biology and Chemistry majors at other institutions throughout the United States. Some of our graduates have gone on to graduate school and have earned masters and doctoral degrees. Graduates of our two year program are also eligible for admission into our B. A. program in Environmental Studies.