Students work in a lab.
Students doing fieldwork test lake water
Machinery used in testing samples

Biology is a vast field relevant to all humans. Anyone studying biology develops a better understanding of how living systems work, how all living organisms are related, and how we affect our environment. KU’s Undergraduate Biology Program (UBP) offers a deep and enriching educational experience for its students. It prepares students for careers in scientific research, medical professions, conservation work, public safety, and more. 

Opportunities are available for independent study, undergraduate research, field experience, student hourly employment, undergraduate teaching assistantships, and participation in student organizations.

Undergraduate students interested in research have many opportunities to work with faculty mentors to gain new experiences and develop professional skills.

This work can range from helping out in a lab to conducting independent research. Students also can earn honors recognition for their research.

Check out our Undergraduate Research page for more information

Biology clubs allow students to interact with faculty and fellow students while expanding their interest in biology. 

KU has a chapter of the national Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. Biology students also could participate in the Genetics Club, the Microbiology Club, and countless pre-professional clubs, such as pre-medical and pre-veterinary clubs.

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Faculty or lecturers with doctoral degrees teach all biology lecture classes at KU. This ensures that students receive up-to-date information from experts.

Faculty members work on the forefront of research on AIDS, genetics, the environment, and new drugs. They have attracted many state, federal, and private grants. The Undergraduate Biology Program has strong professional ties in industry and government and attracts graduate students from around the world.

Meet our Undergraduate Biology Faculty

Meet our Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Faculty

Meet our Molecular Biosciences Faculty