Academic Programs

Biology majors at College of the Ozarks choose one or more of the following areas for an academic emphasis:

Faculty (click for more details on biology school faculty)

Gabriela Galey, M.D.
Anatomy & Physiology
Associate Professor of Biology & Joe T. McKibben Chair of Biological Science

Lynda Miller, M.S.
Field Biology and Ecology
Associate Professor of Biology

Robert Snyder, Ph.D.
Conservation and Wildlife Management
Professor of Biology & Henry Robert Herold Chair of Biological Science

David Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Cell & Molecular Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology

Careers in Biology

A Bachelor's Degree in Biology from C of O can be the beginning of a great career in biology.

Click on the following national science organizations to learn about careers in biology:

American Physiological Society

American Society for Cell Biology

American Society for Microbiology

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Ecological Society of America (careers in ecology)

Entomological Society of America

Genetics Society of America

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (Wildlife Biology careers)

Society for Industrial Microbiology

The American Institute of Biological Sciences

The Botanical Society of America

The Wildlife Society

U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics


  • Anatomage® Table (virtual cadaver dissection)
  • BL2 animal tissue culture facility
  • Gel electrophoresis and protein blotting equipment
  • Leica DMi8 automated fluorescence microscope
  • Microbiolgy Laboratory with Leica DM750 microscopes with integrated imaging and WiFi connectivity
  • Nanodrop Spectrophotometer
  • qPCR thermocycler
  • TECAN Infinite M Plex Microplate Reader
  • Invertebrate, vertebrate and plant (herbarium) collections
  • Wildlife radio telemetry tracking equipment
  • Wildlife areas:  22 acre glade, Lake Taneycomo shoreline, over 600 acres for wildlife research.

Departmental Activities and News

Samples of Student Undergraduate Research and Activities

  • Casey Chitwood & David Zimmerman. 2015.  Synthetic regulation of the Lac-Operon through addition of DNA vectors in Escherichia coli.

  • Tia Wilson & J.H. Rettig. 2015.  White-tailed deer native twig browse & percent area browsed.

  • Eddie Sterling & Robert Snyder.  2015.  Analysis of brown trout (Salmo trutta) otoliths.

  • Daniel Mallette, Doug Mitchell & Robert Snyder. 2014 Missouri Natural Resources Conference. The use of game cameras to estimate white-tailed deer populations.

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