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College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

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Main Program Contact

Andrea Howell

Department Assistant

Biology & Chemistry

Office : Boyd Science Center 327

A World of Experience

About

Biology students at Baker are accepted into dental school at a 100 percent rate and accepted into medical school at a 90 percent rate. Why?

Between Baker’s excellent faculty members, personalized learning, and incredible resources, our students are limited only by the goals they set for themselves. Students who want to study both biology and the social sciences in preparation for a career in health care can major in human biology, which allows them to take courses in multiple disciplines.

Choose from four biology tracks:

  • Molecular bioscience
  • Vertebrate structure and function
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Certification to teach biology at the secondary level
Human Biology | Health, Behavior, Communication

Students who want to study both biology and the social sciences in preparation for a career in health care can major in human biology, which allows them to take courses in multiple disciplines.

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“Each fall our introductory ecology students tag monarchs in one of our labs, where they investigate migratory behavior, navigation, and conservation of a globally vulnerable, but very charismatic, species. The monarchs we catch are all tagged, weighed, and measured by our students before being sent on their way. It is one of their favorite activities.”
—Dr. Scott Kimball, assistant professor of biology
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Ecology and Evolution

Students in Baker University’s Ecology and Evolution class tagged monarchs last fall and one of their tagged butterflies was recovered in March on its wintering grounds in El Rosario, Michoacan, Mexico.

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Exceptional Experience

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Original Research

All students have the opportunity to do original research with a faculty member and present their research at regional and national conferences. Some have even traveled internationally.

Natural Areas

Baker maintains the Baker Wetlands and the Ivan L. Boyd Arboretum for in-depth research and observation.

Summer Research

Students can gain experience during summer research programs at major research institutions such as the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and Quintiles.

Health Care Observation

Students preparing for a career in health care participate in shadowing experiences with health-care professionals.

Careers

Our biology majors go on to land these jobs:

  • Science teachers
  • Junior scientists in research labs and for the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Wildlife biologists for Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
  • Park rangers
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Physician, dentist, physician assistant
  • Veterinarian
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Scholarships

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
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Academic Recognition

  • Academic Recognition
  • Outstanding Senior in Biology
  • Outstanding Senior in Chemistry
  • Outstanding Junior in Biology
  • Outstanding Sophomore in BiologyOutstanding Freshman in Biology
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Do you want to teach biology?

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.

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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 at Columbia
Expertise: molecular plant genetics
Office: Boyd Science Center 228
785.594.7881
erin.morris@bakerU.edu

Scott KimballDr. Scott Kimball
Associate Professor of Biology
B.A. Baker University, M.S. Boise State University, Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Expertise: avian ecology and animal behavior
Office: Boyd Science Center 229
785.594.4563
skimball@bakerU.edu

Randy MillerDr. William Randy Miller
Director of Student Research in Biology
B.S., M.A. University of Montana; Ph.D. University of New England
Office: Boyd Science Center 225
785.594.8379
william.miller@bakerU.edu

Dr. Darcy RussellDr. Darcy Russell
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Biology
B.S. Baker University, Ph.D. Kansas State University
Expertise: microbiology
Office: Constant Hall, Academic Affairs Suite
785.594.8418
darcy.russell@bakerU.edu

Dr. Irene Unger
Associate 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
785.594.4702
irene.unger@bakerU.edu

Dr. Christa Hughes
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S. Truman State University, Ph.D. University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Expertise: molecular and cellular biology
Office: Boyd Science Center 230
785.594.8447
christa.manton@bakerU.edu

Dr.  Yipeng Sui
Visiting Professor of Biology
B.S. Shaanxi Normal University; Ph.D. Shandong University
Expertise: Anatomy & Physiology; Molecular Biology
Office: Boyd Science Center 227
785.594.8323
yipeng.sui@bakerU.edu

Dr. Charmaine Henry
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S. University of the Virgin Islands; Ph.D. University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
charmaine.henry@bakerU.edu

Dr. Calvin Cink
Emeritus Prof. of Biology
Office: Boyd Science Center 325
calvin.cink@bakerU.edu

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