What does a biology major do?
Fascinated by the natural world? Then a biology degree is for you. Through a combination of science, math, and technology courses, a biology major explores the characteristics of living organisms; examines how they function, survive, and contribute to the world.
A biology major conducts research, engages in experiments, solves problems, and learns to organize and communicate their findings.
Why earn a biology degree from Baker University?
As a biology major at Baker University, you can expect a personalized learning experience led by a highly qualified faculty. You’ll work alongside professors to do original research on topics such as molecular biology, epidemiology, biomedical science, animal science, and antibiotic resistance. Some are seeking solutions to climate change.
Choose from four biology tracks:
- General biology
- Molecular biology
- Ecology (also a minor)
- Teaching biology at the secondary level
The Baker Wetlands: Paradise for a Biology Major
Talk about hands-on learning! Just 10 miles from Baker’s campus is 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife where a biology major can explore and conduct research in one of the most diverse habitats in Kansas.
Do you want to be a biology teacher?
Baker University’s undergraduate education programs license teachers in biology (6-12). Students pursuing a degree in education and teacher licensure work closely with faculty advisors from the School of Education to fulfill the requirements for a degree from Baker University and teacher licensure in Kansas. Candidates are required to complete education course work and the required course work in at least one content area.
Noyce Scholarship & ASTRA Program
The Noyce Scholarship and ASTRA Program trains excellent STEM teachers. Through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant from the National Science Foundation, Noyce scholars will be awarded a scholarship of $11,000 during their junior and senior years as they tackle a demanding course load that culminates in a double major in education and either biology, chemistry, or mathematics.
Scholarships for Biology Majors
The Department of Biology and Chemistry gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Biology
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Chemistry
- Howard T. Bonnett Scholarship and Mrs. Ivan L. Boyd Memorial Scholarship
- Margaret E. Scanlon Endowed Memorial Scholarship
- E.J. Cragoe Scholarship
- Chemical Rubber Company Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
- Sonia Browning Endowed Scholarship
- Doris Cink and Kathryn Zimney Endowed Scholarship
- More scholarship options
Joanne M. Howard, PhD, Endowed Scholarship
The Joanne M. Howard, PhD, Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a woman pursuing a career in medicine or medical research. The award may be renewed until graduation as long as the recipient continues to meet the criteria:
Meets FASFA financial-need requirements
- Has a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintains it until graduation
- Is of good character
- Is considering a career in medicine (MD, DO, PA), pharmacy, professor of sciences, medical research, or pharmaceutical research
This scholarship was established to honor Joanne Morrison Howard, PhD, by her husband, Cleve, and her son, Nathan. Dr. Howard graduated from Baker University in 1962. She earned a master’s degree in 1966 and a doctoral degree in 1970 from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She taught at the University of Louisville Hospital and from 1976 to 2006 at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where she was a member of the Department of Cell Biology.
“I am grateful to have received this endowed scholarship because it has shown me that I am capable of more than I ever thought I was. I am so thankful that I got to represent Joanne M. Howard and honor such an amazing woman. I am grateful to be able to represent women in science and humbled that I was chosen among a pool of my incredibly talented peers.”
—Skyler Bruck, 2021, human biology major
“Receiving the Joanne M. Howard Scholarship has created a positive impact on moving forward into the medical field. I feel very fortunate to have this solidify my passion for helping others as a physician assistant after completing my biochemistry degree here at Baker.”
—Abigail Richard, biochemistry major
Biology Course Descriptions
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Erin Morris
Professor of Biology, Chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry
B.A. Drury University, Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia
Expertise: molecular plant genetics
Office: Boyd Science Center 228
Dr. Scott Kimball
Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Roger Boyd Professor of Biology
B.A. Baker University, M.S. Boise State University, Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Expertise: Expertise: avian ecology and animal behavior
Office: Office: Boyd Science Center 229
Dr. William Randy Miller
Research Assistant Professor
B.S., M.A. University of Montana; Ph.D. University of New England
Office: Office: Boyd Science Center 225
Dr. Darcy Russell
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Biology
B.S. Baker University, Ph.D. Kansas State University
Office: Constant Hall, Academic Affairs Suite
Dr. Irene Unger
Professor of Biology, Director of the Baker Wetlands
B.S. Truman State University, M.S. St. Louis University, Ph.D. University of Missouri at Columbia
Expertise: plant-soil-microbe interactions, terrestrial plant ecology
Office: Wetlands Discovery Center
Dr. Kyle York
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Cleveland University
Expertise: Human anatomy and physiology
Office: Boyd Science Center 227
Dr. Charmaine Henry
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S. University of the Virgin Islands; Ph.D. University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Expertise: physiology, immunology, anatomy
Office: Boyd Science Center 225
Dr. Calvin Cink
Emeritus Prof. of Biology
Office: Boyd Science Center 325