Discover the vaccine that will halt a global pandemic. Explore root causes of climate change. Build prototypes for artificial limbs that will help amputees regain function.

Our biology curriculum offers an opportunity for students to understand the structures and processes that characterize life and appreciate the tremendous diversity of living organisms.

Course work is balanced among three scales of biological organization: cell and molecular biology; physiology and organismal biology; and ecology and evolutionary biology.

An important component of the major is independent research that enables students to become familiar with the process of science by investigating a specific biological problem in the laboratory or field. With several local research areas – including a nature preserve and our Educational Garden & Farm – there are no shortage of hands-on learning opportunities. 

Most courses are extensive rather than intensive in content, providing students with considerable breadth in the biological sciences as a whole. An emphasis in Global Food Security may also be added to this major as a minor.

Biology News

  • ‘Feeding Cahokia’

    Biology professor Godde, Jones ’22 to discuss topic on Sept. 16 at Warren County History Museum.
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  • Episode 1: August 27, 2021

    Meet two of the friendly folks from OSF HealthCare who are taking care of Monmouth students at the student health clinic – Kari Bruening (pictured) and Michelle Jones. The Educational Farm & Garden crew of Olivia Croasdale, Jacob Duncan and Hanna Pittman extol the benefits of spending a summer immersed in the land.
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  • Kieft Summer Research

    Program funded by estate of beloved chemistry professor gives Monmouth science students unique research opportunities.
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  • Global Public Health

    Minor inSolving world problems.

  • LeSuer Nature Preserve

    come experience theGlory of Nature.