Explore the wonders of the living world from Anatomy to Zoology.
Studying the science of life itself means exploring a world of possibility. Whether you want to go into any of the health professions, research, industry, business, agencies, teaching, or virtually any career that requires you to solve problems, a bachelor’s degree in biology is a great place to start.
Studying biology at William Woods University means sequencing DNA in our Genetics Lab. It means working directly with a faculty member on real, applicable and life-changing research. In addition to immersive knowledge in biological sciences, students acquire hands-on, practical experience in laboratory and field settings.
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Options in Biology
Our Bachelor of Science in Biology is intended for students with health profession goals. We offer pre-veterinary and pre-medicine concentrations for students interested in pursuing advanced professional degrees, including veterinary, human medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy and other allied health fields. William Woods University has experienced a 100 percent acceptance rate for students who have applied for advanced professional degrees in veterinary medicine, medical school, pharmacy and physical therapy doctoral programs.
Our Bachelor of Arts in Biology is for students interested in other areas of Biology that might lead to a career in research or an applied field; the B.A. degree is flexible and can be tailored to your specific interests.
Take our Tropical Biology field course in Central America
Participate in the Genomics Education Partnership; a classroom based research experience
Work collaboratively with our staff Veterinarian at the Center for Equine Medicine — explore diagnostics, treatment, therapies and learn from real case-studies happening right on campus
Take advantage of access to cutting-edge immersive research experiences in and out of class
Present at conferences and publish work with faculty
For example, one student recently worked collaboratively in plant genotyping for a National Science Foundation-funded research; funding (through extramural grant) to send a student to international immunology conference
Learn from enthusiastic faculty, who have a diverse range of biological interests, yet the same passion to teach and to help their students learn both inside and outside of the classroom
Dr. Spratt and the biology department prepared me to handle every challenge I encountered in my post-graduate studies. I had a strong advantage over other students.
— Alan Arthur, a William Woods University graduate, who enrolled in an accelerated dual-degree pharmacy program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, leading to both Pharm.D. and master of business administration degrees
William Woods University played an integral role in not only my acceptance into veterinary school, but also in shaping me into a capable, confident veterinarian. The biology program at WWU features some of the best professors I have ever had the opportunity to work with. They are genuinely interested in each student's individual success.
— Christy McPherson DeMarco, D.V.M., William Woods University alumna who studied at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, now a veterinarian in Liberty, Mo.
Courses you may take
General Biology I
This course will introduce the broad underpinnings of biological science with a focus on the subcellular level. Students will be expected to describe fundamental molecular topics – such as water, DNA, and shape – and begin integrating them in the context of overarching principles such as scientific method, biological systems, and evolution. This course is geared toward science majors and pre-health professions students.
Concurrent enrollment in BIO115 required.
General Biology I, Laboratory
The purpose of this lab is to offer a hands-on investigative experience with some of the content addressed in BIO 114. Topics include measurement and microscopy, structure and function of the cell, the fundamental chemistry of life, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, Mendelian genetics, and an introduction to molecular biology. Experimental design, use of scientific equipment, and critical thinking are emphasized, culminating in the execution and analysis of a student-designed experiment during the second half of the course.
Concurrent enrollment in BIO 114 required.
Required Lab fee
General Biology II
A continuation of the introductory sequence in biology, emphasizing the diversity of life as illustrated by organisms in the five major divisions of life forms. Anatomical, morphological, and life cycle characteristics of the various phyla and classes are introduced, and evolutionary and functional relationships stressed. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 125 required.
General Biology II, Laboratory
This laboratory primarily surveys the organisms of the major divisions of life forms, and visually demonstrates the changes in complexity of their form and structure as evolutionary processes have shaped organisms through geological time. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 124 required. Required Lab fee
This course will emphasize current developments and techniques in the study of inheritance including extensions and applications of transmission, population, and molecular genetics. Laboratory experiences will include Mendelian crosses of model organisms, computer simulations via software and Internet of traditional and population genetics, and an introduction to cell-molecular genetics techniques including micropipetting, sterile bacterial culture, and visualization and mapping of DNA via gel electrophoresis. Thought processes and problem solving will be emphasized.
Laboratory experiences will include Mendelian crosses of model organisms, computer simulations via software and Internet of traditional and population genetics, and an introduction to molecular genetics techniques including micropipetting, sterile bacterial culture, and visualization and mapping of DNA via gel electrophoresis. Required Lab fee
Scientists widely regard evolution as the single unifying conceptual theme in an extremely diverse and multi-leveled discipline. Likewise, scientific methodologies underlie new discoveries within all areas of the biological and other sciences. This course will attempt to encapsulate both the thematic and procedural highlights of undergraduate course work in biology while integrating current developments and issues in evolution and scientific research.
This portion of the Capstone experience will focus on preparation for the Senior Assessment and Senior Presentation, self-reflection on career choices and preparation for graduate program and/or career through: resume writing and critique, analysis of the job market and consideration of the perceived match between career plans and academic and personal strengths.
General Chemistry I
A study of the fundamental principles and theories of chemistry with emphasis on stoichiometry and atomic theory and bonding. Must be taken concurrently with CHM115. (Prerequisite: MAT111 or MAT124 or permission of instructor)
General Chemistry I Lab
Concurrent enrollment in CHM 114 required. Meets three hours per week. (Lab fee)
General Chemistry II
A continuation of CHM 114 with emphasis on equilibrium, electrochemistry, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Must be taken concurrently with CHM125.
General Chemistry II Lab
A laboratory study of principles of equilibrium and inorganic reactions directed toward the qualitative analysis of inorganic materials. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 124 required. (Lab fee)
Organic Chemistry I
A systematic study of the compounds of carbon with emphasis on the principles of synthesis, analysis, and reaction mechanisms of organic functional groups. Must be taken concurrently with CHM315. Prerequisites: CHM 124 and 125
Organic Chemistry I Lab
A study of the techniques of synthesis and analysis of organic compounds. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 314 required. (Lab fee)
An introductory physics course covering the topics of mechanics, thermodynamics, vibrations, and wave motion with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. Computing software is used to provide interactive instruction and develop connections to the mathematical principals involved. Regular in-class demonstrations are performed and discussed in order to enhance conceptual understanding. Concurrent enrollment in PHY 202 required. (Lab fee)
Physics I, Lab
The laboratory component of Physics I which reinforces and expands on concepts taught in the lecture. While conducting experiments, students will make observations about physical systems and collect numerical data. Emphasis is placed on identifying patterns and relationships in physical parameters. Students develop hypotheses in order to make predictions and verify presumptions. Formal lab reports are used to summarize relevant findings.
Corequisite: PHY 201
A continuation of the introductory physics sequence which covers topics in electrostatics, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Fundamental concepts from Physics I are described in greater complexity. Students a respected to apply their understanding of energy, mass, force, and inertia to more advanced problems involving atomic systems. Demonstrations and computational simulations are used to increase conceptual understanding. Concurrent enrollment in PHY213 required. (Lab fee)
Physics II, Lab
The laboratory component of Physics II which reinforces and expands on concepts taught in the lecture. Group experiments are conducted in order to analyze the behavior of physical systems. Emphasis is placed on interpretation and inference as students are expected to use knowledge from the previous course to explain physical phenomena. Computational interface equipment and graphing software are used extensively. Students design and construct their own experiment on two occasions. Corequisite: PHY 212
Bachelor of Arts Curriculum:
The Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 28 core major credits and 22 required elective credits.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 36 core major credits, 4 required field course credits, 16-29 concentration credits, and 11 upper level electives.