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, Basic Human Anatomy, Micro Biology, 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. Graduates of Mount Mercy’s biology program often continue their education and earn advanced degrees in dentistry, medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine or physical therapy, or find jobs in conservation science, biomedical research, agriculture, toxicology, and forensic science, just to name a few.

Student success is Mount Mercy’s top priority. Individualized advising, inclusive class size, and access to research and internship opportunities put Mount Mercy students ahead of other eastern Iowa graduates. Enhancing their studies, students are often involved in extracurricular activities including Science Club, independent research projects, field studies and our honors program.

What can I do with a biology degree?

Graduates from our biology program have taken many different paths:

  • University of Iowa Medical School
  • US Soil Conservation
  • Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Scott County Waster Commission, Davenport, Iowa
  • Mercy Medical Center (Cedar Rapids)
  • UnityPoint Health
  • Integrated DNA Technologies
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Cedar County Parks

“Because of Mount Mercy, my basic knowledge of biology turned into a thorough understanding of complex concepts I never thought I'd be exposed to, even within my first semester here. The program has also presented me with many valuable extracurricular opportunities that I wouldn't find anywhere else. I would definitely encourage those considering Mount Mercy's biology program to give it a try, because it could very well be the best decision they make.”

Meleah Balcoh ’18, biology major

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