Biology Frequently Asked Questions

What skills do I need to succeed in this major?

If you're considering a biology major at CMU, you should have strong study skills, a willingness to work with others, and a questioning mind. You should be curious about the various aspects of biology, and realize the importance of learning all areas to better understand the connections between them. To be successful as a biology student, you should have strong skills in communication, mathematics, analysis and reasoning.

How will I know if this major fits me?

If you are interested in exploring nature and understanding the mechanisms of life, this major is a great choice for you. CMU's biology classes will help you appreciate the various links of life on the planet, and explore the mysteries within your own body.

What can I expect to learn?

As a biology student at CMU, your coursework will further develop skills in science, communication, mathematics, and problem-solving. Depending on your classes, you will have opportunities to obtain knowledge of cells, anatomy, physiology, genetics, taxonomy, evolution and ecology.

What technology will I use in this major?

Your skills will shine as you use DNA technology (bioinformatics, PCR, electrophoreses) and Cell Physiology (microscopy, antibody testing, histology). In field biology courses, you will learn how to use appropriate technology to identify, monitor and study animals, plants and other parts of ecosystems.

Will I have opportunities for internships and hands-on learning experiences?

You will complete either a capstone internship or a research project as a CMU biology major. You will be provided with many different opportunities for internships, research experience and job shadowing in the various fields of biology. There will also be hands-on learning in every lab course.

What are CMU biology majors saying about their experience?

"I love how personable all of the professors are. The bonds I have built with them throughout my three years here at Central have given me a large set of skills, as well as connections for future research opportunities and graduate school." - Bethany Freel

"I absolutely love the biology program at CMU. You get the opportunity to gain hands-on experience inside and outside the lab." - Madison Bond

What are CMU students who graduated with this degree doing now?

Graduates of CMU's biology program are working in a variety of settings and fields including graduate and professional schools, for the Missouri Department of Conservation, in both medicine and veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, biological and diagnostic labs, genetic counseling, K-12 education, the military, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, genetic counseling and many other areas. The skills biologists possess may also be in demand for jobs in industry, government and research.

Who can I speak with for more information about this major?

For additional guidance and information about the biology major, contact CMU's Admissions Department at 660-248-6251, toll-free at 877-CMU-1854, or

To read more about the biology major, visit our Major Resources page provided through CMU's Career Development Center.