Hours Required120 credit hours
Areas of FocusStandard Biological Sciences, Human Health and Disease
The Nebraska Difference
Discover what moves you with a diverse blend of academic disciplines.
Flexibility & Choice
Customize your degree with course choices. Add a minor or second major.
Build knowledge, skills and experience in and out of the classroom.
Limitless Career Paths
Connect your major, interests and goals to any field.
Focus and Range
Dive deep into your biological sciences major while taking a wide variety of courses across all areas in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduate academically well-rounded and eager to keep learning. Use your collaboration and communication skills to address complex problems and make a positive impact professionally and personally.
1-to-1 Academic Advising and Career Coaching
Along with your faculty, professional academic advisors and career coaches will help you make a one-of-a-kind degree plan. We are focused on your success, while at Nebraska and after graduation, whether your goal is employment or graduate/professional school.
Cedar Point Biological Station
This field research facility and experiential classroom is located off campus in western Nebraska, near Lake McConaughy and the city of Ogallala. In the summer field season, students from all disciplines spend several weeks living and studying on-site in a friendly, hands-on atmosphere that fosters collaboration and discovery.
Ecology and Evolution (BIOS 207)
Explore the structure and dynamics of populations and communities, biotic and abiotic interactions, mechanisms of evolutionary change, natural selection, adaptation and speciation.
Human Anatomy (BIOS 214)
Learn about the major organ systems of the human body, including skeletal, major muscle, nervous, digestive, circulatory, excretory and reproductive systems.
Biology of Viruses (BIOS 326)
Explore concepts in virology, including basic features of structure, evolution, diseases, replication cycles and virus-host interactions.
Cancer Biology (BIOS 402)
Understand the principles of cancer genetics, prevention and new methods for diagnosis and therapy. Learn the fundamentals of the cell and molecular events.
Human Genetics (BIOS 412)
Learn the genetic basis of human variation and apply genetic principles to humankind. Study genetic ratios, inheritance, blood types, chromosome variation, heredity and environment.
Field Parasitology (BIOS 487)
Taught exclusively at the Cedar Point Biological Station, learn about animal host-parasite relationships, epizootiology, ecology, host distribution, classification and life cycle stages of animal parasites.
Huskers Do Big Things
Outside the Classroom
Depending on your major, interests and goals, you can choose to do research, work as an intern, study abroad, become a leader or serve your community. The university’s Experiential Learning requirement ensures you have at least one of these transformative learning experiences; students in the College of Arts and Sciences typically complete at least two.
Eileen Hebets, Professor
Dr. Hebets teaching, research and outreach have made her a central part of the university’s School of Biological Sciences and the broader scientific community. Dr. Hebets is an accomplished arachnid researcher. Her Eight-Legged Encounters Event started at Morrill Hall and has been adopted as a family-friendly traveling exhibit appearing in museums across the country.
Academics & Experiential Learning
- Our motto is Academics + Experience = Opportunities. Employers and graduate/professional schools are looking for students who have a strong academic background and hands-on experience.
- Biological sciences students regularly engage in research or internships, and many study abroad or get involved in service or leadership on campus.
- BIOS 100: Pathways to Success. This required course will help you be academically successful in your first year and introduce you to the many specialty areas and career paths for Biological Sciences.
- CASC 200: Career Development in Arts and Sciences. Explore your interests, abilities and values while identifying career options and preparing for the job search or graduate school application process.
- Interested in bio-medical research? Apply to be an INBRE scholar to collaborate and innovate with fellow students in a summer research program funded by the National Institute of Health.
- Meet fellow Biological Sciences students and gain professional development through the Biology Club or Tri Beta, the national honorary society for graduate and undergraduate life sciences students.
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If you have questions about the Biological Sciences major or navigating the application process, contact us.