About the Biology Department

All major requirements and course descriptions are available in the online academic catalog.

The Academic Experience

  • Incredible opportunities are available for both on-campus and off-campus research experience in biology.
  • Hands-on projects are an integral part of the courses throughout your four years.
  • Most biology majors conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member and participate in May Term field experiences.

A Challenging But Rewarding Environment

  • Small-college environment with more personal attention and greater opportunities to excel without the pressure of impersonal large classes.
  • Wartburg faculty teach ALL classes, unlike larger colleges and universities

While the curriculum of the biology department is rigorous, students also gain an appreciation of how studying biology can be fun, exciting and rewarding. The success of the biology program is grounded in its inquiry-based emphasis where students facilitate their learning by experiencing science rather than merely reading about it.

Program Tracks

All major requirements and course descriptions are available in the online academic catalog.

3+1 Program - Nursing
  • Students complete three years of appropriate prerequisite courses emphasizing sciences and humanities at Wartburg.
  • By the middle of their second year they apply and must be accepted for admission to Allen College where they complete their clinical training in their fourth year. 
  • Students receive both a BA in Biology from Wartburg College and a BSN from Allen College in this program.

3+1 Program - Clinical Laboratory Science

  • Students complete three years of study at Wartburg and then apply to one of several affiliated Clinical Laboratory Sciences programs.
  • Upon acceptance, students complete a final year and receive a Bachelor of Arts in clinical laboratory science from Wartburg College.

Environmental Studies Program

Program goals:

To develop understanding of the genetic, physiological, morphological, evolutionary, and ecological components of diversity among living organisms.

To develop the ability to design and conduct research, analyze and interpret data, critically evaluate scientific literature, write scientific papers, and present posters and seminars.

To develop competency in evaluating the social, moral, and ethical aspects of the biological sciences, such as the impact of biology-based technology on society.

To prepare students for acceptance into graduate or professional programs or for employment in a biology-related field.