Biology students working in a lab

Program Description 

The two tracks within the biology major serve a student population that is diverse in its academic and career objectives by providing the opportunity to focus on cell and molecular biology or organismal and ecological biology. We also seek to provide students interested in other areas the opportunity to supplement their existing knowledge base with an understanding of human and environmental biology.

Learning Outcomes 

Graduates will be able to:

  • Describe unifying concepts in biology
  • Use scientific methods and analyze quantifiable data
  • Articulate scientific information both orally and in writing
  • Use basic techniques and equipment used in biological investigation
  • Work and communicate effectively as part of a team in a laboratory field or setting

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • National and international field biology courses
  • Undergraduate research experiences with Biology faculty in ecology, botany, genetics, parasitology, animal behavior, molecular biology, and microbiology.
  • Hands on laboratory courses with authentic research experiences
  • Tri-Beta, Rockhurst’s chapter of the national honor society for biology students
  • Lecture classes capped at 48 students or less
  • Opportunities for off campus research through ongoing partnerships with the University of Kansas Medical Center and Stowers Institute.


Courses within the biology major help prepare students for careers or post-graduate education in research as well as careers in:

  • Human and veterinary medicine
  • Healthcare related fields
  • Environmental and conservation biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Education
  • Research