Academic Programs

Students majoring in Biology choose one or more of the following areas for an academic emphasis:

Faculty (click for more details on faculty)

Gabriela Galey, M.D.
Anatomy & Physiology
Assistant Professor of Biology

Jeff Rettig, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology & Joe T. McKibben Chair of Biological Science

Robert Snyder, Ph.D.
Conservation and Wildlife Management
Professor of Biology & Henry Robert Herold Chair of Biological Science

David Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Cell & Molecular Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology

Careers in Biology

A Biology degree from C of O can be the beginning of a great career in biology.

Click on the following national science organizations to learn about careers in biology:

American Society of Cell Biology

American Physiological Society

Genetics Society of America

The American Institute of Biological Sciences

Society for Industrial Microbiology

U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Botanical Society of America

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

American Society for Microbiology

Entomological Society of America

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Wildlife Society

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (Wildlife Biology careers)


  • rtPCR thermocycler,
  • Fluorescence microscope,
  • Animal tissue culture equipment,
  • Invertebrate, vertebrate and plant (herbarium) collections,
  • Wildlife radio telemetry tracking equipment,
  • Wildlife areas:  22 acre glade, Lake Taneycomo shoreline, over 600 acres for wildlife research.

Departmental Activities and News



Seniors Daniel Mallette and Doug Mitchell presented their results on the use of game cameras to estimate white-tailed deer populations at the 2014 Missouri Natural Resources Conference.


The Biology Club-sponsored Stream Team cleaned up two truckloads of litter and debris from a section of Roark Creek in celebration of Earth Day.


Alumni News

Matt Buswell (B.S. Biology, 2014) currently is attending dental school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Jacob McCauley (B.S. Biology, 2014) is attending Arkansas State University in the Environmental Sciences program.

Makayla Exner (B.S. Biology, 2013) currently is pursuing her M.S. at Missouri State University, Springfield.

Lisa Waller (B.S. Biology, 2013) was admitted to the Kansas University School of Medicine.

Caitlyn Farris (B.S. Biology, 2012) is attending dental school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Tony Ziherl (B.S. Biology, 2012) currently is in medical school at the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, Hawaii campus (class of 2016).

Teresa Brueggen Bowman (B.S. Biology, 2009) completed her Ph.D. at Arkansas State University in the Ecotoxicology Program.  She currently is on the faculty of the Department of Biology and Environmental Health at Missouri Southern State University.

Carolyn Bowden Green (B.S. Biology, 2008) graduated from M.S.U.'s Physician Assistant Program.

Shelley Theobald (B.S. Biology, 2007) currently is attending the Ben Gurion Medical School in Israel.

Justin Atherton (B.S. Biology, 2007) completed his doctorate degree at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

Jason Comer (B.S. Biology, 2007) has finished his Master’s degree at Missouri State University (An assessment of genetic variation within Missouri populations of Asclepias meadii Torr. ex Grey (Apocynaceae) and a comparison with three widespread Asclepias species).  He is currently in a Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia, Athens, in the Plant Biology department.

David Holland (B.S. Biology, 2006) completed Medical School at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Matthew Seabert (B.S. Biology, 2005) was promoted to Forensic Scientist, Forensic Biology (DNA) section, city of Phoenix Police Department Crime Laboratory.

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