Biology is the study of life. A knowledge of biological concepts is necessary for many professions. At Newman, biology students can enjoy the benefits of a private education with small class sizes, personal attention from teaching faculty, a rigorous academic environment, research opportunities, and a program with an excellent record of producing graduates who go on to careers in science, medicine, teaching, and industry.
A degree in biology prepares students to become scientists, physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, professors, teachers, forensic scientists, medical examiners, medical technologists, and a variety of other professionals.
As a result of extensive faculty advisement, Newman Biology students graduate with realistic expectations and a clear understanding of their professional options. For example, the vast majority of students who graduate from Newman with positive faculty recommendations for application to medical schools are admitted, and in the 2009-2010 graduating class 100% of recommended pre-medicine students were admitted to medical school for the fall of 2010.
Most courses are taught in classrooms and laboratories on the Newman campus; to facilitate students’ schedules, a few courses are offered online. All lectures and laboratories are taught by faculty members, and various technologies are employed to facilitate student learning (BlackBoard, online textbooks, SmartBoards, etc.).
There are plentiful research opportunities within the Biology department, ranging from cellular/molecular projects to tissue/systems level physiology and field studies. Students engaged in biological research at Newman have opportunities to share their findings at meetings such as that held by the Kansas Academy of Science
Because of Newman's private college atmosphere, biology classes are small and involve one-on-one contact with the professor of the course. Students clearly understand what is expected of them in each course, and are provided with ample opportunities to learn the material and ask questions of the professor, and are evaluated in a variety of ways consistent with the liberal arts tradition of Newman University (e.g. examinations, research paper compositions, oral presentations, etc.).