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Biology Major (Bachelor of Science)

Creighton’s Bachelor of Science in biology degree will prepare you to follow your passion, whether that’s medicine, biotechnology, research, education, an environmental field or another area. A biology major is perfect for you if you’re interested in the natural world, health care or environmental issues and want to learn how living systems function.

A Creighton biology degree will set you apart. Here, undergraduates take part in research, working alongside faculty mentors on projects in the College of Arts and Sciences, our health professions schools, local hospitals—even the zoo.

Plus, with a foundation in Jesuit, Catholic values, Creighton students also gain the ability to respond to ethical issues with biological dimensions.

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Program Details

Program Goals

The Bachelor of Science in biology is designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths, and it’s a popular major among pre-medical and pre-dental students.

As a biology major, you’ll learn:

  • The analytical, investigative and communications skills needed to excel in the field of biology
  • The ability to effectively respond to moral and ethical issues with biological aspects
  • Research skills and knowledge


Along with Creighton’s core requirements, there are 33 credits within the biology curriculum.

Interested in teaching in secondary education?

Biology majors intending to become secondary level teachers should work with advisors in both the Biology and Education Departments. The biology course requirements for the degree are the same as those for all biology majors, but particular courses are recommended to meet state requirements. In addition, support course requirements are different for secondary education students than for other biology majors.

If you’re interested in teaching, consider starting your graduate studies with a Master of Education in Secondary School Teaching while finishing up your bachelor’s degree to get a head start in your teaching preparation.

Learn how to save a year of time and tuition through our Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Programs.

Minor in Biology

If you’d like to supplement another degree program with knowledge of biology, consider the minor in biology. You’ll take two General Biology courses, and the rest of the minor offers some flexibility to focus on your areas of interest. You can explore many life sciences topics–such as cellular, molecular, organismal, ecological and evolutionary biology–in upper-division courses.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

Abby Dolata
“I really like the easy access to research and being able to study a topic I care about that has potential to benefit a lot of people. Since biology is intrinsically connected to both research and medicine, it has the potential to do a lot of good.”
— Abby Dolata, Biology Major
Eli Blaney
“Together with authentically supportive faculty and incredible resources in the Biology Department, I have been challenged to surpass my goals and discover how I can build myself up for my future.”
— Eli Blaney; Biology, Computer Science and Music Major
Michael Franco
“My time as a biology major prepared me to get into and thrive in medical school. In spending extra time answering my questions and connecting me with opportunities outside of class, much of my success has stemmed from the investment of the faculty.”
— Michael Franco, Biology Alumnus

Biology Club

  • The Biology Club is a meeting place for students interested in biological sciences. Members exchange ideas with each other as well as with faculty.

Pre-Dental Society

  • This organization provides an educational service to undergraduate students interested in the dental profession and informs them of the mission of the Creighton University School of Dentistry.

Pre-Medical Society

  • The Pre-Medical Society fosters a feeling of friendship and intellectual unity among its members. The organization provides information and support related to preparations to enter the field of medicine.

Pre-Vet Club

  • The Pre-Vet Club provides support and knowledge to students who are interested in applying to veterinary schools. We expose members to various aspects of veterinary medicine, including hands-on experience and community service opportunities.

Pre-Optometry Club

  • This club is for students interested in the profession of optometry and those seeking to better understand the profession before pursuing the career.

Creighton biology majors have opportunities to conduct faculty-mentored independent research, with the potential to publish and present at professional scientific meetings. Creighton offers summer and yearlong research fellowships to undergraduates. Learn more at the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS).

Still have questions?

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