Biology

The Biology major at Avila

The Biology major at Avila University provides a broad foundation in the biological sciences, from microbiology to organismal biology to ecology and global systems. An understanding of fundamental theory and research will underlie your studies. Direct collaborations between faculty and students equip graduates with the breadth and depth of understanding necessary to excel in numerous professional fields.

Our two-semester senior research or internship experience will provide you with invaluable time in the laboratory with hands-on attention from highly accomplished faculty. Numerous seniors have been vital researchers for published scientific studies in renowned journals, vital for entry into graduate school.

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FIND YOUR MENTOR. With Avila’s low student to teacher ratios, your classes will be led by your professors, not teaching assistants.
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Are you interested in biology?
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Be Prepared for Your Career

Incoming first year students are guaranteed access to an internship or research experience before graduation. Avila students have completed hands-on learning experiences at: 

  • The University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Johnson County (KS) Forensic Science Lab
Avila Biology graduates are pursuing careers as:
  • Biologists
  • Health Administrators
  • Environmental Researchers
  • Civil Designers
Avila Biology graduates are working at:
  • Bald Head Island Conservancy
  • Kiewit Engineering

Choose your Concentration

General Biology

Designed for students interested in careers such as medical research, healthcare, education, communications, wildlife management, conservation, public service, environmental law, and academic science.

Ecology & Environmental Science

Designed for students interested in careers such as wildlife management, conservation, public service, environmental law, and academic science.

Pre-Veterinary Science

Designed for students interested in careers in veterinary medicine and related fields. Students of sufficiently high academic standing who wish to pursue competitive careers in academia, medicine, or industry are encouraged to consider the honors track.

Transferring to Avila?

We work with you to make the most of your transfer credits so you’re on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.


An Environment to Enhance your Education

Hooley-Bundschu Learning Commons

This is not your mother’s library. State-of-the-art study rooms, public computers, tutoring, and access to 50,000+ books and millions of articles await you.

Classroom in the Learning Commons

Guaranteed Research Opportunity

All first-year undergraduate students in all majors are guaranteed an internship or research experience.

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Close to Everything Kansas City

At Avila you’re only 15 minutes from world-class museums, historical landmarks, and centers of culture, commerce, and industry.

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Find Your Mentor

Avila’s faculty will challenge you, inspire you, and become more than just another teacher.

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“I wouldn’t be in medical school if it hadn’t been for my biology professors pushing me to my greatest ability, and their constant encouragement throughout the way.”

Taylor Lind / 2015

Contact

Avila University Department of Biology, O’Rielly Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-501-3654

Karin Gastreich, Ph.D., PROFESSOR, Chair of the School of Natural & Applied Science
P: 816-501-2996 / E: karin.gastreich@avila.edu


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