Academic Programs

Students majoring in Biology choose one or more of the following areas for an academic emphasis:

  • Human/Molecular Biology,
  • Ecology and Field Biology,
  • Conservation and Wildlife Management (Interdisciplinary program with Agriculture),
  • Biology Education (taken as a double major with Secondary Education).


Gabriela Galey
Anatomy & Physiology
Assistant Professor of Biology

Robert Snyder
Conservation and Wildlife Management
Associate Professor of Biology & Henry Robert Herold Chair of Biological Science

Jeff Rettig
Professor of Biology & Joe T. McKibben Chair of Biological Science

David Zimmerman
Cell & Molecular Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology


Careers in Biology

A Biology degree 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:

The American Institute of Biological Sciences

Society for Industrial Microbiology

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

The Botanical Society of America

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

American Society for Microbiology

Entomological Society of America

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Wildlife Society

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (Wildlife Biology careers)


  • rtPCR thermocycler,
  • Fluorescence microscope,
  • Animal tissue culture equipment,
  • Invertebrate, vertebrate and plant (herbarium) collections,
  • Wildlife radio telemetry tracking equipment,
  • Backpack stream electroshocker,
  • Wildlife areas:  22 acre glade, Lake Taneycomo shoreline, over 600 acres for wildlife research.



Departmental Activities and News



Thirteen students in Research I & Research III attended the 2011 Missouri Academy of Science annual meeting at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Five students presented their research.


The Biology Club-sponsored Stream Team cleaned up two truckloads of litter and debris from a section of Roark Creek in celebration of Earth Day.


  Alumni News

Teresa Brueggen (B.S. Biology, 2009) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Arkansas State University in the Ecotoxicology Program.

Carolyn Bowden Green (B.S. Biology, 2008) is in M.S.U.'s Physician Assistant Program.

Shelley Theobald (B.S. Biology, 2007) is currently attending the Ben Gurion Medical School in Israel.

Justin Atherton (B.S. Biology, 2007) is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

Jason Comer (B.S. Biology, 2007) has finished his Master’s degree at Missouri State University (An assessment of genetic variation within Missouri populations of Asclepias meadii Torr. ex Grey (Apocynaceae) and a comparison with three widespread Asclepias species).  He is currently in a Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia, Athens, in the Plant Biology department.

David Holland (B.S. Biology, 2006) is currently attending Medical School at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Kate Jackson (B.S. Biology, 2006) is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.

Matthew Seabert (B.S. Biology, 2005) was promoted to Forensic Scientist, Forensic Biology (DNA) section, city of Phoenix Police Department Crime Laboratory.

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