Biology

Mount Mercy University’s biology program deepens a student’s appreciation for life sciences and increases concern for living things and environments we inhabit.

Biology majors receive an education that prepares them for medical careers, research, education, conservation and more. While core classes include courses such as Genetics, Ecology and General Chemistry, electives in Global Environmental Issues, Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Animal Behavior give students opportunities to tailor their degree and focus on their passion.

Accomplished faculty help students develop the intellectual expertise and technical skills necessary to succeed in biology-related fields or go on to professional or graduate programs.

Student success is Mount Mercy’s top priority. Individualized advising, small class size, and access to research and internship opportunities put Mount Mercy students ahead of other Eastern Iowa graduates.

What can I do with a biology degree?

Graduates of Mount Mercy’s biology program often continue their education and earn advanced degrees in dentistry, medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, or physical therapy.

Others find jobs in conservation science, biomedical research, agriculture, toxicology, and forensic science, to name a few.

Graduates from our biology program have taken many different paths:

  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine | Iowa City, Iowa 
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 
  • Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | Omaha, Nebraska 
  • Scott County Public Service Authority | Davenport, Iowa 
  • Mercy Medical Center | Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
  • UnityPoint Health | Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
  • Integrated DNA Technologies 
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources 
  • Cedar County Parks

Dr. Jessica (Mueller) Dean '05

“Mount Mercy appealed to me for many reasons, but most importantly, allowed me to be involved in a variety of things while I was a student, including a call to serve. Volunteering and giving back is something that has allowed me to be more involved with my community, and has helped build my practice and grow my business.

After I graduated from Mount Mercy with a BS in Biology, I went onto Northwestern Health Sciences to earn a chiropractic degree. I opened Dean Family Chiropractic in August of 2009 and see a range of patients from newborns to folks in their 90s.

I was able to use my biology degree, along with a few business classes, to lay a good foundation for opening my own business and making it successful.”

Dr. Jessica (Mueller) Dean '05 | BS Biology
Dean Family Chiropractic, Clermont, IA

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