Biology

Students will pursue an interdisciplinary natural science curriculum, including cell biology, genetics, biodiversity, and ecology.

Finlandia’s biology majors develop the skills to study human and environmental biology. Laboratory and field experiences emphasize science process skills related to critical reading and writing, designing and conducting experiments, and data analysis and interpretation. The biology degree prepares students for careers in health care, industry, or research in the natural sciences, as well as preparation for graduate training or the medical field, environmental law, forensic science, and ecology, among others.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

AIBS – American Institute of Biological Sciences

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society. AIBS works to ensure that the public, legislators, funders, and the community of biologists have access to and use information that will guide them in making informed decisions about matters that require biological knowledge. The organization does this through informing decisions by providing peer-reviewed or vetted information about the biology field and profession and by catalyzing action through building the capacity and the leadership of the community to address matters of common concern.

Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities

PROGRAM POLICY

Pre-Professional Preparation

Students pursuing the biology degree can also prepare for admission to graduate school in general medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and optometry, among others. Admission requirements vary widely among programs and schools, but most require a set of completed prerequisite courses, a high GPA, a competitive score on standardized tests (e.g., GRE, MCAT), and letters of recommendations. Students interested in pursuing a professional program will spend their first semester researching the educational requirements for their particular program of interest at various schools.

STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas.

International Study Programs  International Admissions (906) 487-7208 |  international@finlandia.edu

 ADDITIONAL LINKS AND FORMS

What you will learn

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate superior communication of biology concepts in written, oral, and technical formats.
  • Interpret and analyze primary scientific texts.
  • Apply mathematical concepts and skills in biological problem solving.
  • Collect and analyze primary data using the scientific method.
  • Apply the scientific method and experimental design techniques in observational and laboratory experiments.
  • Defend views on technical, political, and ethical issues using scientific concepts.
  • Generate new knowledge through experimentation.
  • Explore the role of science in society.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of significant medical, environmental, and technological challenges.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diverse human and environmental issues, including an understanding and appreciation for socio-economic and cultural differences.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Anatomy & Physiology
    Provides a systematic review of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include basic biochemistry, cells, tissues, and body systems such as integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. Includes laboratory. Available fall semesters. Prerequisite BIO 111 or instructor permission.
  • Microbiology
    Introduction to medically important microorganisms. Topics include microbial growth and metabolism, methods of control, host-parasite interactions, and microbial disease of the human body. Includes laboratory. Available spring semesters. Prerequisite: BIO 113, or BIO 172.
  • Evolution
    Evolutionary biology to include the patterns of historical evolution; evolutionary rates of morphological and physiological change and molecular diversification; genetic basis of evolutionary change; the biology of adaptations, the evolution of genome organization; evolution of reproductive isolation; and species formation. Prerequisite: BIO 113. Offered as needed.

Career Opportunities

Biologist, Microbiologist, Zoologist
Aggie PietilaAdministrative Assistant, SCASFinlandia Universityaggie.pietila@finlandia.edu906-487-7513
Emily GeigerAssistant Professor of BiochemistryFinlandia Universityemily.geiger@finlandia.edu
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Interim Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381

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