Biology

Why major in Biology at Hastings College?

Do you find yourself asking “why” and “how” as you explore the natural world? If so, then a Biology major at Hastings College may be a great fit for you!

In our state-of-the-art facilities you’ll have unlimited opportunities to investigate those very questions, without fighting graduate students for lab time! You’ll engage with professors who are as inquisitive as you. They’ll invest in your potential for success wherever your Biology degree takes you, from medical school to graduate school or the work place.

At Hastings, you’ll immerse yourself in original scientific works while collaborating with professors and other students on research. As part of your senior seminar, you’ll give a presentation about your research and demonstrate what you’ve discovered. Recent seminar topics included how teeth whitening products affect cells, what the increased production of switchgrass for biofuels may mean for the environment and what impact chronic exposure to radiation from high voltage power lines has on rodents.

At Hastings College, we value experience outside the classroom and work with students to secure life-changing opportunities. You may find yourself interning at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the San Francisco Department of Health, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Lauritzen Gardens, the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center and the South Heartland Health Department. Opportunities to shadow and work with doctors, dentists, environmental researchers and veterinarians abound.

A degree in Biology from Hastings College may lead you to medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University or another prestigious facility. Or perhaps epidemiology at Emory University, food science at the University of Nebraska, a residency at the Mayo Clinic or plant ecology at Kansas State University is more to your liking?

You’ll also find graduates working for the CDC, publishing articles in journals, teaching at all levels, researching breast cancer and serving as doctors, dentists, veterinarians and health professionals all across the U.S.

Why study Biology at Hastings College? Because we’ll help you succeed. Apply today!


Student and alumni success

An Omaha native and Hastings College wildlife biology major, senior Ashlyn Ocander dreams of rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals. Her passion for marine biology blossomed when she was 13 and witnessed newborn sea turtles returning to the Gulf... more
Sophomore biology major Alex Stogdill traveled to Nevada for January Term, or J-Term, to shadow a professional dermatologist. After nearly a month of observing the trade, Stogdill would leave the silver state and return to the Nebraska good life... more
Two internships are better than one. Or in sophomore biology major Geena Piper’s case, two internships during a single January Term. Piper has raised the bar and has already started preparing herself for a career after graduation. For the first half... more
A biology degree from Hastings College can often lead to a career in a white coat, as many graduates go on to become physicians, veterinarians and laboratory scientists; but others, such as 2002 graduate Kristy Hajny, don a helmet and fire-resistant... more
Coral colonies are dying across the globe, and scientists are working to discover the reason behind and solution to the crisis. One Hastings College wildlife biology major seized a summer research opportunity to join the cause. more