Biological Sciences

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When you major in biological sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you’ll study the living world, from molecules to ecosystems. You can explore your individual interests through research with a faculty member or immersive courses at Cedar Point Biological Station. Apply scientific methods and cross-disciplinary knowledge to address grand challenges in biology, such as climate change, the biodiversity crisis, emerging infectious disease, cancer, human genetics and biotechnology development.
  • College

  • Hours Required

    120 credit hours
  • Minors Available

    Biological Sciences

  • Areas of Focus

    Standard 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.


Hands-On Experience

Build knowledge, skills and experience in and out of the classroom.


Limitless Career Paths

Connect your major, interests and goals to any field.

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Program Features

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. 

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Notable Courses

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


  • Sales/marketing intern, Li-Cor Biosciences
  • Anatomy intern, School of Biological Sciences
  • Intern, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services


  • Clinical research assistant, The Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Patient care technician, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
  • Zookeeper, Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Associate scientist, Catalent
  • Recruiter, Prolink Healthcare

Graduate Schools

  • Master’s degree, Health Informatics, University of Michigan
  • Master’s degree, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Queen Mary University of London
  • Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Princeton University
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Doctor of Dentistry, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry

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.


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.

Career Preparedness

  • 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.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Biological Sciences major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Nicholas Gordon
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment