Academic Programs

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

Faculty (click for more details on faculty)

Gabriela Galey, M.D.
Anatomy & Physiology
Assistant Professor of Biology

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

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 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:

American Physiological Society

American Society for Cell Biology

Genetics Society of America

The American Institute of Biological Sciences

Society for Industrial Microbiology

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

The Botanical Society of America

American Society for Microbiology

Entomological Society of America

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Wildlife Society

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (Wildlife Biology careers)


  • Anatomage® Table (virtual cadaver dissection)
  • qPCR thermocycler
  • Gel electrophoresis and protein blotting equipment
  • Nanodrop Spectrophotometer
  • Fluorescence microscope
  • Animal tissue culture equipment
  • 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


Seniors Daniel Mallette and Doug Mitchell presented their results on the use of game cameras to estimate white-tailed deer populations at the 2014 Missouri Natural Resources Conference.

Recent Student Research

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.


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