Biology majors study living organisms and vital processes of all life forms. As a biology major, you will investigate the structure, function, heredity and evolution of microorganisms, fungi, plants and animals. Your studies will take place in labs and in the field. You will learn much more than biology. You will develop skills in scientific communication and grow as a leader. You also may attend a national scientific conference where you will learn from experts in fields in which you are interested. In addition, many students conduct research in Cottey labs with help from a professor. 

Cottey offers a bachelor of science in biology, a degree that prepares you for many careers. This includes healthcare, research, conservation, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and a host of other fields. With a bachelor of science in biology, you also will be well-prepared for graduate school. Biology majors go on to receive doctorates in biology, microbiology, ecology, genetics, molecular and cellular biology and many other subfields. Others become physicians, physical therapists, genetic counselors, occupational therapists or epidemiologists.


Nancy Kohn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Ph.D.
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  • Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior Early Career Symposium, May 2019
  • Missouri Herpetological Association Annual Meeting, August 2017
  • Animal Behavior Society Annual Conference, June 2017


Jaeger, R. and Kohn, N. (2016) Behavioral Ecology of the Eastern Red-Backed Salamander: 50 Years of Research, 2016, Oxford University Press


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