Biology | Hastings College


Why major in Biology at Hastings College?

You’ll find Hastings College Biology graduates working for the Center for Disease Control (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.

Grow through challenging, valuable work

In our state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll develop skills so you will excel in biology careers. These skills include

  • Understanding how external factors affect organisms
  • Utilize varied methods of research to gather data
  • Having a keen sense of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Communication effectively with your peers to share findings

We invest in your potential for success wherever your Biology degree takes you, from medical school to graduate school or the workplace.

Go further with a Hastings education

At Hastings, you’ll immerse yourself in original scientific works while collaborating with professors and other students on unique research. As part of your senior seminar, you’ll present 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.

Most Hastings students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals.

Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential.

Graduate with experience

At Hastings College, Biology majors serve one and sometimes two internships. Some expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of January Term (J-Term) to gather additional experiences and insights that inform and advance career options. Every biology major completes a research presentation to demonstrate what you have discovered. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings ready to succeed.

At every step in your path, you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It's an experience that's true to Hastings College, and you won't find it anywhere else.

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Get involved beyond the Biology classroom

  • Beta Beta Beta (Biology honor society)
  • Alpha Chi (Academic honor society)

In addition to these biology-related groups, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for Biology majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings College. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus, you can earn talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Mary Lanning Healthcare
  • Rydell National Wildlife Refuge
  • Great Lakes Research Center
  • U.S. Meat Animal Research Center


Success in Biology

After watching patient after patient die following a bone marrow transplant, Dr. Shernan Holtan '98 , assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology, oncology and transplantation at the University of Minnesota, set out to find a... more
Karli Cabrera ’18, Anthony Cloyd ’18 and Jordan Johnson ’18 combined their musical talents to form a small ensemble at Hastings College. Each Sunday of their senior year, they created, recorded and posted a mashup of songs to social media. Their “... more
Jordan Johnson, a senior music major with a biology minor, spent her summer developing organizational, promotional and social media skills while being exposed to the music industry. As an intern for Hear Nebraska in Grand Island, Johnson worked for... more
As a junior in college, biology major Grant Jerabek is already taking steps to improve modern cancer technologies. Jerabek’s internship this summer with San Diego, California-based Biocept Inc. takes him into the lab, immersing him in experiments... more
An Omaha native and Hastings College wildlife biology major, senior Ashlyn Ocander dreams of rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals. Her passion for marine biology blossomed when she was 13 and witnessed newborn sea turtles returning to the Gulf... more