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Biology Advising Information

Biology Major Entrance Requirements: The student must complete one year of full-time study (24 credits minimum) or 32 credits as a part-time student. In addition, a student interested in the Biology major will meet with Biology faculty for a question-and-answer session before the application form is signed. A transfer student interested in this major is strongly encouraged to meet with Biology faculty prior to the declaration process.

  • General Advising Information: PDF documents specific to this program are provided below. The full course catalog, policies, textbook information, and other resources are available from the Office of the Registrar.

    For additional advising information, contact your academic advisor or visit the advising page on myWLC (log-in required). Course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, curriculum changes, or course enrollment numbers.

    • Medical Professional Shadowing Opportunities: Several local medical facilities offer shadowing opportunities for our students. If you need assistance setting up an opportunity, contact one of the professors in the Biology Department. Use the following link to learn about one such opportunity: 
    • Course loads should be no more than 18 cr during the freshman and sophomore years and 16 cr or 17 cr in the junior and senior years to accommodate the demands of upper level courses.
    • During summer vacations, an internship or job in a field somewhat related to future career goals is highly recommended to obtain insight into the field and valuable experience and reference for graduate school and future employment.
    • Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam will be given credit for BIO 201 Principles of Biology 1, but will be required to complete BIO 202 Principles of Biology 2 as a requirement for the Biology major or minor.
    • Students who are considering a biology major should meet with a professor in the department prior to planning their course schedule for the following year. This will allow more effective preparation for graduate school and future employment.
    • Students considering graduate school should initiate investigations of potential universities during their junior year. A great deal of information can be obtained from the Internet. These investigations should be followed by discussions with professors in the department. Graduate Record Exams and/or MCAT exams should be taken at the end of the junior year or early in the senior year. A summer research internship at a major university after the junior year is very valuable also.

    Ecological Sciences: The area of ecological sciences includes the study of animals and their relationship with each other and their environment. It also involves understanding the responsibilities we have in maintaining the physical and biological systems that support us all. Students in the ecological sciences will explore marine and fresh water ecology, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, terrestrial ecology, and natural resource management. This area of emphasis includes extensive field work and emphasizes "hands on" experiential learning. All students will engage in research using the latest technologies associated with field and laboratory studies.

    Cellular & Molecular Biology: The explosive growth in cellular and molecular biotechnology over the past 50 years presents many opportunities for lives of Christian servant leadership. Students in the cellular and molecular biology area of emphasis will be prepared for either graduate school or direct employment in the industrial or biomedical sciences.

    Health Sciences: The Health Science Track is designed to prepare students for entry to post-baccalaureate professional programs leading to careers in medicine (M.D., D.O.), dentistry (D.D.S.), veterinary medicine (D.V.M.), pharmacy (Pharm.D.), physical therapy (D.P.T.), occupational therapy (M.O.T.), and chiropractic (D.C., D.C.M.), or as a physician's assistant, etc.

    Biophysics & Biotechnology: Cross-disciplinary work at the intersection of biology and physics has recently led to rapid advances in such fields as biopolymers, molecular machines, nanotechnology, mathematical biology, medical imaging, X-ray diffraction, laser surgery, radiation biophysics, and nuclear medicine. The biophysics program is based on the recognition that traditional boundaries between disciplines are often artificial: experimental techniques and fundamental physical principles can be used to study and understand biological systems; understanding the exquisite design of living organisms, in turn, can inspire new ideas, techniques, and materials that are of use in the physical sciences. The biophysics track is designed to prepare the student for further academic or industrial work in the fields of biophysics and biotechnology.

    Neuroscience: Neuroscience is an emerging field at the intersection of biology and psychology. Tools now exist to investigate the function of single isolated neurons in cell culture as well as the entire living human central nervous system using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Emphasis within this track is placed on the anatomy, development, genetics, physiology, and pathology of the nervous system. This track is designed to prepare students to address neuroscience questions at the cellular, systems, and cognitive level.

    Biological Anthropology: This track is inspired to a large degree by the diversity of course offerings at Wisconsin Lutheran College in physical and cultural anthropology, which complement much of the current biology course offerings for students interested in pursuing careers in fields such as primate husbandry & research, medical & legal forensic science, paleontology, etc.


    The Outstanding Biology Student Award

    Each spring the biology department recognizes a junior or senior student who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and accomplishments above and beyond the expectations of students in the biology major.