Some people make a career of improving lives. Jenn Hintzsche ’06 also helps create them.
You’ll want a strong background in the science plus opportunities to explore and experience a specific career path. You’ll get this at Augustana.
About half of our biology majors go on to graduate school for biology, genetics or ecology, or into medical, dental, nursing or veterinarian programs.
Use the major as a foundation for one of our outstanding pre-professional health programs, then continue to graduate school for optometry, occupational or physical therapy, pharmacy or physician assistant careers. Or go directly into a position in research, industry or government.
To help you navigate the complexities and find what inspires you most, you’ll have talented, devoted faculty. All biology professors lead both their class and lab sessions. Many conduct important, nationally funded research in partnership with their students.
Augustana offers a biology major and minor, a biology teaching major and a major in pre-medicine, plus coordinated degree programs and affiliations with graduate programs in the professional health sciences.
Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.
Set yourself up for lifelong intellectual growth. Take responsibility for your own learning.
Combine ideas to create something new. Use imaginative ways of solving problems.
Interpret, represent and summarize information. Use math and statistics to solve problems.
Read and listen carefully. Express ideas (writing or speaking) suited to the audience.
3 + 2.5 Doctor of Physical Therapy with St. Ambrose University in the Quad Cities; students complete a three-year sequence of coursework including biology, chemistry and kinesiology before continuing at St. Ambrose.
3+2 Master of Science in Occupational Therapy or 3+3 Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Washington University, St. Louis, for Augustana students who major in biology, psychology and/or neuroscience.
3+4 Doctorate of Optometry pre-professional and coordinated-degree program with Illinois College of Optometry, the largest and oldest optometry school in the country; most students on this track are biology majors.
3+4 Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine pre-professional and coordinated-degree program with the College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Illinois; most students on this track are biology majors.
Alison Lawrence '23 is pursuing an MD at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine.
Gabriela Loiz '23 is in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Des Moines University.
Gwendolyn Flannery '23 is in Trinity College of Nursing's Accelerated BSN Program.
Lindsey Edwards '23 is pursuing a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
Olivia Ruffatto '22 is a science teacher at Leyden High School in suburban Chicago.
Giang Pham '21 is a research associate at Yale College of Medicine.
TaJania Jenkins '21 is pursuing a master's in medical anatomy and experiential pathology at the University of Buffalo.
Diangelo Gonzalez '21 is a research assistant at the University of Texas MD Cancer Center.
Kayla Dillon '21 is a research specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Natalie Hardy '20 is pursuing a Ph.D. in health care ethics and is a graduate research and teaching assistant at Saint Louis University.
Monica Wierzbicki '18 is a medical illustrator at Body Scientific International, Ingleside, Ill.
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