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Biology

Bachelor of Science

Biology is a rapidly expanding, widely diverse discipline, embracing all aspects of life. At Clarke, you will have the opportunity to design your own experiments from the introductory course through your senior capstone course, using appropriate equipment and techniques in the biology laboratories.

Our Biology Department provides a challenging yet supportive learning environment to foster your personal and intellectual growth. We educate our students to be scientifically literate as well as socially and environmentally responsible citizens.

A biology professor works with undergrad biology students

Program Details

You will develop skills important to the scientific process including hypothesis formation; critical reading of the scientific literature; and collection, interpretation, and dissemination of results. Your learning will be hands-on and visual. You will see and do, not just listen. In addition to 33 to 36 hours in class and performing lab work, students will produce a capstone project of experimental laboratory or field research, or develop a research proposal.

Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Andrea Bixler, Ph.D.

My courses are challenging – what’s the point of just memorizing the text? Instead, let’s take the information, analyze it, and apply it in new situations.

Shaun Bowman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

I attempt to relate the coursework to the students’ lives and future career aspirations, while having a lot of fun along the way.

Melissa DeMotta, Ph.D.

Melissa DeMotta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

I hope that students learn to appreciate the world around them and the wonder of their own bodies so that they realize science is not scary but fantastic.

Laura Hecker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

It is my goal to create a classroom environment that encourages curiosity. I like to remind students that it’s the questions they can’t answer that sometimes end up teaching them the most.

Michelle Slover, Ph.D.

Michelle Slover, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Biology

The integration of lab and lecture in my anatomy courses works well. The two components complement each other and provide multiple ways to learn.

Marie Miske Center for Science Inquiry
There’s more to college than going to class.

The Classroom and Beyond


But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Theresa Koos

Theresa Koos

Biology/Pre Physical Therapy '17

I love studying biology. As part of the Biology Club, we held a ‘Genetic Taste Test’ in the lobby of the Atrium, in which students and faculty placed a piece of paper on their tongue to determine certain genes. The findings of the experiment were very cool!

Courtney Traser

Courtney Traser

Biology '13

The ability to learn using human cadavers is a rarity that most undergraduate students do not get. Dr. Slover’s passion for what she taught was evident and infectious, and my experiences with her and her encouragement motivated me.

Ellie Northrop

Ellie Northrop

Biology and Math '17

I have plans to cure cancer. I just completed a summer internship at the University of Minnesota researching cancer in rats. I want to be an epidemiologist (one who researches diseases).


21 %
Job growth

Percent increase in the number of jobs for biologists from 2008 to 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

$76,690
Annual earnings

The median yearly wage earned by general biologists, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

1:1
Student to faculty ratio

Work one-on-one with faculty on an undergraduate research project – an important criterion for entering graduate school.

Experience Clarke Biology for Yourself

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