Biology

Why major in Biology at Hastings College?

Do you find yourself asking “why” and “how” as you explore the natural world? If so, then a Biology major at Hastings College may be a great fit for you!

In our state-of-the-art facilities you’ll have unlimited opportunities to investigate those very questions, without fighting graduate students for lab time! You’ll engage with professors who are as inquisitive as you. They’ll invest in your potential for success wherever your Biology degree takes you, from medical school to graduate school or the work place.

At Hastings, you’ll immerse yourself in original scientific works while collaborating with professors and other students on research. As part of your senior seminar, you’ll give a presentation about your research and demonstrate what you’ve discovered. Recent seminar topics included how teeth whitening products affect cells, what the increased production of switchgrass for biofuels may mean for the environment and what impact chronic exposure to radiation from high voltage power lines has on rodents.

At Hastings College, we value experience outside the classroom and work with students to secure life-changing opportunities. You may find yourself interning at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the San Francisco Department of Health, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Lauritzen Gardens, the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center and the South Heartland Health Department. Opportunities to shadow and work with doctors, dentists, environmental researchers and veterinarians abound.

A degree in Biology from Hastings College may lead you to medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University or another prestigious facility. Or perhaps epidemiology at Emory University, food science at the University of Nebraska, a residency at the Mayo Clinic or plant ecology at Kansas State University is more to your liking?

You’ll also find graduates working for the CDC, publishing articles in journals, teaching at all levels, researching breast cancer and serving as doctors, dentists, veterinarians and health professionals all across the U.S.

Why study Biology at Hastings College? Because we’ll help you succeed. Apply today!


Student and alumni success

Coral colonies, including the Great Barrier Reef, are dying across the globe, and scientists from around the world are working to discover the reason behind and solution to the coral crisis. One Hastings College wildlife biology major seized a... more
Two Hastings College graduates have been appointed as judges in Nebraska courts. John H. Marsh ’81 was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts in March to the Ninth Judicial District Court, which covers Buffalo and Hall counties, including Kearney and Grand... more
Matt Seeley’s sculptures might last only a few days, but for him, that’s part of the beauty of ephemeral art. Seeley ’88, a systems engineer, sculpts large-scale creations with snow, creating jumbo characters like a 16-foot praying mantis, oversized... more
Brady and Jillian (Heiden) Fickenscher were assigned to each other as study partners their freshman year. Today, they are married and both work at York Medical Clinic. more
Julia Thibault, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, shares her experiences at the University of Missouri Summer Research in Biochemistry program. She describes her research, how it applies to what she has been doing at Hastings College, and... more