As a Butler Biology major, you will actively use the tools of scientific investigation in labs and fieldwork in courses examining biological organization at many levels—from molecular and cellular to organisms and populations, and through ecosystems. You’ll enjoy hands-on learning through Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology, CUE Farm, Greenhouse, Prairie habitat, and Friesner Herbarium.
We’ll encourage you to team with faculty mentors in challenging research, covering topics such as genetics, animal behavior, neurobiology, plant development, ecology, and biomechanics. The Butler Summer Institute offers student stipends for independent research, and our Seitz Award, supports study abroad in the natural sciences. Through Butler’s partnership with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Biology students and faculty engage with leading scientists studying tropical biodiversity in Panama.
Conducting research gives our undergraduates a feel for “real science,” and a competitive advantage in applying for graduate and professional schools. Students often co-author papers with faculty for publication in professional journals or presentation at national and international conferences. Plus, research is fascinating and fun!
With their Butler Biology degrees, our alumni have done well in graduate studies, teaching careers, or technical careers in such fields as environmental consulting, genetic counseling, and pharmaceutical sales. Our graduates have great success in entering professional schools in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine.