Learn how the world works

In our Biology program you will learn to succeed in all areas of research: experimental design, statistical analysis, field specific techniques, oral presentation skills and scientific writing.


A degree in biology will help you pursue careers in education, research, medicine, biotechnology, conservation and industry, either through immediate entry into the career or further study at the graduate level.

Why choose biology at Jewell?

Jewell biology students are well-rounded in their knowledge about biology and as practicing scientists, creative thinkers, problem solvers and good communicators.

During your first year, you will be introduced to investigative laboratories that stress that science is curiosity-driven, rather than goal-driven. You will also begin to learn the skills and tools utilized in lab and field experiments, with more sophisticated techniques and instruments added as you progress through the curriculum.

Other pathways through the Biology Department

The department also offers opportunities for study outside the traditional major. Those interested in careers in health-related fields may add a concentration in pre-physical therapy or pre-medicine or earn a B.S. degree in clinical laboratory science. For those interested in applied professions relating to the environment, William Jewell offers a three-two program with Duke University leading to a Master of Forestry degree or a Master of Environmental Management degree.

You also may receive certification to teach biology in grades 9-12 in the state of Missouri by double majoring in biology and secondary education.

Mohammad Abubakar

Sights on medical school

Mohammad conducts research with Dr. Rose Reynolds on the antioxidant defenses of nematodes. These nonparasitic soil worms are resistant to oxygen damage, which can cause age-related diseases like Alzheimer's disease and arteriosclerosis. He also is on Jewell's football team.

Tana Pottorf

Researches axon degeneration in neurodegenerative diseases

Tana used a Journey Grant to volunteer in Oahu, Hawaii for a summer. She volunteered and shadowed a dentist, ophthalmologist and internist who allowed her to screen nursing home patients and read case files.

Beyond Jewell

You may decide to go on to graduate school like biology majors or pursue a career right away. Whatever direction you choose, you will have a strong foundation in the sciences and liberal arts.

  • Medical Schools

    Recent Jewell alumni medical school acceptances:

    Medical School (M.D./D.O.)

    Georgetown University
    Indiana University School of Medicine
    Northwestern University
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    University of Kansas School of Medicine
    University of Michigan Medical School
    University of Missouri School of Medicine
    University of Nebraska
    University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

    A.T. Still University
    Des Moines University, School of Osteopathic Medicine
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine
    Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York

    Dental School

    Harvard Dental School
    University of Missouri – Kansas City
    University of Oklahoma Dental School


    Southern College of Optometry
    St. Louis University

    Veterinary Medicine

    Kansas State University
    Massey University
    University of Missouri-Columbia

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  • Graduate Schools

    Recent Jewell alumni graduate school acceptances

    Ph.D. Programs in cell and molecular biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, physiology, immunology and public health:

    Duke University
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    Northwestern University
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of Chicago
    University of Kansas School of Medicine
    University of Missouri
    University of Oklahoma
    Stanford University – Immunology
    Yale University – Biology and Biomedical Sciences

    Master’s Programs
    Boston University
    George Washington University
    University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
    University of Tennessee

    Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
    Missouri State University
    Rockhurst University

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