The life-saving medical doctors and influential scientists of tomorrow are biology majors today. With pre-professional tracks in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and veterinary, dental, and medical physicians, Mount Mercy’s biology major instill fundamental principles and superior technical skills so students can achieve their ultimate career goals - from graduate school, to medicine, to forensic science.
Biology majors become physician assistants, physical therapists, science teachers, industry scientists. Some also continue their studies in graduate school, earning Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees. Students aspiring to be doctors often proceed to medical schools like the University of Iowa and Des Moines University upon graduation.
Students who continue their careers in industry hold positions at businesses like Integrated DNA Technologies, Cargill, Inc. and ADM, building fulfilling careers with Mount Mercy’s biology curriculum at the heart of their professions.
Mount Mercy biology majors gain real-world experience through internships outside of the classroom. Past opportunities have included the University of Iowa’s Department of Neurology, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, marine biology stations on the East Coast and Bonaire, and doing research with physicians in town.
Facilities & Research
Hands-on learning opportunities also include research conducted alongside Mount Mercy’s award-winning faculty on campus and in collaboration with students and scientists at the University of Iowa and local physicians. Students have presented papers and posters on research topics conducted with faculty on topics including development of “green” chemistry laboratory experiments, new catalysts for organic synthesis, isotope analysis of late Neolithic-Bronze Age human remains in Spain and Portugal, predictors of test anxiety in undergraduate students, efficacy of cancer treatments and diagnoses, protein interactions in the herpes virus, interactions of the PICK1 protein, genetic analysis of cyanobacteria and bacteria, genetics of glaucoma, movements and habitat selection in ornate box turtles, plant succession on a restored sand prairie, and monitoring of endangered and threatened vertebrates at a sand prairie preserve.
Students interested in biology-related areas are encouraged to join Science Club. The club presents at local elementary schools, plans off campus activities, and offers an outlet for scholars to express their ideas.