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.
Biology is a rapidly expanding, widely diverse discipline, embracing all aspects of life. At Clarke, you may 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.
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 which may involve experimental lab or field research, or development of a research proposal.
Admission to Clarke University
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Program in Pictures
I attempt to relate the coursework to the students’ lives and future career aspirations, while having a lot of fun along the way.
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.
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.
The integration of lab and lecture in my anatomy courses works well. The two components complement each other and provide multiple ways to learn.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
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!
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.
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).
Percent increase in the number of jobs for biologists from 2008 to 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The median yearly wage earned by general biologists, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Work one-on-one with faculty on an undergraduate research project – an important criterion for entering graduate school.