What Does it Look Like to Study Biology at Concordia?
At Concordia, our professors pride themselves on offering Biology students the tools necessary to succeed in the world of science today. They aim to cultivate Christian leaders who will serve their communities and become stewards of the environment as they succeed in the field. With the Nature Preserve on campus, not only will students be surrounded by their studies, they’ll be guided toward a rewarding career.
- Experience an integrated approach between classic lecture and hands-on experience in the lab and outdoors
- Utilize Concordia’s Preserve, along with the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and fossil-rich Friesenhahn Cave
- Learn new techniques and gain valuable experience as young scientists by doing original research, which is often presented at scientific conferences
- Complete travel courses to places such as the Grand Canyon, Belize, Costa Rica and Hawaii
Curriculum Overview for a Biology Degree
Concordia's Biology major cultivates in its students the capabilities necessary to:
- Continue to explore the field of Biology
- Succeed in health professions
- Promote stewardship of the biotic environment
- Provide Christian leadership in careers related to biological sciences
Some Biology students take travel courses that enable them to visit places all over the world, studying biology firsthand. Additionally, students engage in research projects to gain experience, becoming active participants in the broader scientific community.
Here are some highlighted courses:
General Zoology: The taxonomy, diversity, behavior and ecology of all animal phyla will be studied with an emphasis on the functional anatomy of the major groups.
Tropical Biology: A field study of biology and ecology of tropical marine and rain forest ecosystems.
Geology Ecology of Hawaii: A field study of volcanism and the biological and physical factors which have influenced the ecological development of the Hawaiian Islands. This course emphasizes recognition of geologic features, wildlife identification and a study of the environmental concerns and conservation efforts in Hawaii.
- CTX owns the Friesenhahn Cave in San Antonio, which is the site of one of the most important Pleistocene-era vertebrate deposits in the nation
- Concordia’s small class sizes allow for students to receive more intentional and customized instruction from their professors, as well as the chance to do inquiry-based experiments instead of simple “canned” ones
- Students have access to a resource unique to Concordia: Our Preserve, which they utilize by learning, testing and experiencing biological and ecological coursework in the outdoors
- Wildlife Management
- Laboratory Technician
- Pharmaceutical Sales, including Quality Control
- Public Health
- Physician Assistant
What can you do with a Biology degree?
It’s a broad and diverse field, allowing you the opportunity to study countless topics, while opening up a wide variety of job prospects. Job prospects include careers in wildlife management, teaching, pharmaceutical sales, the medical field, the dental field, as a veterinarian, as a laboratory technician and in public health.
What is studying Biology at Concordia different than studying it at another university?
Our convenient “outdoor classroom,” or, the Preserve, allows all student to get real field experience. This 200+ acre area is part of the larger Balcones Canyonland Preserve, and our students study their material in the outdoors.