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Major and Minor

What will I learn?

You will explore the topics of ecology, molecular, organismic and structural biology. With state-of-the-art facilities in Carver Science Center, you can study gene expression, build DNA origami structures, explore imaging systems for cellular biology and work in a human cadaver lab.

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This course will emphasize the study of human embryology beginning with fertilization through the establishment of the basic body plan and the development of the organ systems. You will gain an understanding of how our bodies are organized by learning how molecular and morphological processes influence development.

Earn a Minor in Biology


A minor in biology is designed to give you a basic exposure to biology without requiring the in-depth courses of the major. Requirements for the minor are flexible so that you can choose an “interest area.” For example, majoring in physical education with an interest in parks and recreation you will be able to obtain a biology minor with an environmental science concentration. Or if you are a chemistry major with an interest in working for a pharmaceutical company, you can obtain a biology minor with a molecular biology concentration.


Our graduates get into medical and graduate school

Our faculty will prepare you for every step of the process of applying to and getting accepted into high-quality graduate or medical schools after graduation. Here are a few examples of schools where Simpson alums have studied:

Washington University Evolutionary Biology
Iowa State University Veterinary Medicine
Southern College of Optometry
University of Iowa Dental School
University of Iowa Immunology Graduate Program
University of Minnesota Biostatistics
University of Nebraska Medical Center Biomedical Sciences
University of Illinois Doctorate in Midwifery

Explore the Biology and Environmental Science Department

This dynamic department covers everything from DNA research to neurosciences to collecting bug specimens in the field. See what the Biology and Environmental Science department has for you.


Simpson Success Stories

This is what success looks like

Our students and alumni share how Simpson helped them define achievement on their own terms

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Adam Stewart '18

Adam Stewart '18

“I wanted a classroom size where I could have direct and immediate dialogue with professors.”

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John Greaves '14

John Greaves '14

Summer Medical Research Studying Cells

Simpson has given me the tools to make my education and my experience my own and I have enjoyed that opportunity. It has allowed me to spread my wings and succeed.

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Emily Magers '15

Emily Magers '15

Research Project and Multiple Leadership Positions

Because of Simpson College, I have been able to work on a one-on-one research project with a professor.

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