Biology

CUW’s Biology program is about the study and care of living things, from the largest ecosystem to the smallest microorganism. Our program is big enough to provide a exceptional education and small enough to offer the personal attention you deserve. 

Why Study Biology at CUW?

A CUW degree in Biology offers you:

  • The skills to pursue a career in whatever aspect of biology you choose
  • Hands-on experience through lab work, field work, and research projects 
  • Faculty with diverse research and teaching interests
  • Biology internships to gain laboratory or field experience
  • A Christian philosophy and background 
  • A solid foundation for graduate study

Program Facts

Years to complete: 4

Program Overview

The Biology program at Concordia encourages independent thinking in both the classroom and lab.

What You’ll Learn in CUW’s Biology Program

As a student in this program, you’ll learn about:

  • Microorganisms, plant and animal life
  • Organisms, their habitats, and the processes that drive their behaviors
  • Anatomy, physiology, and the cellular structure of the human body
  • Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics
  • Microbiology and the role bacteria, viruses and microbes play in the environment and human disease
  • Environmental science and how man affects his surroundings
  • Ecology and the interactions between an organism and its environment

Career Choices in Biology

  • Research and development
  • Healthcare
  • Business and consulting
  • Lab assistant
  • Environmental management
  • Medicine
  • Graduate school

Recommended High School Prep Courses

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Advanced Mathematics

Curriculum

Required coursework includes zoology, botany, physics and organic chemistry. Electives include a wide variety of classes such as pharmacology, environmental science, tropical ecology and molecular genetics.

See our course catalog for our full curriculum.

Faculty

Dr. Philip Arnholt
Title: Professor of Science
Office: CCES 104
Phone Number: 4200
E-mail: philip.arnholt@cuw.edu 

Bruce Bessert
Director Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship
Office: CCES 102
Phone: x4555
E-mail: bruce.bessert@cuw.edu 

Dr. Don Korte
Professor of Science and Department Chair
Office: Siebert 007F
Phone: x4268
E-mail: don.korte@cuw.edu 

Dr. Jessica Loppnow
Assistant Professor of Natural Science
Office: Siebert 002A
Phone: x2047
E-mail: jessica.loppnow2@cuw.edu  

Dr. Sarah Lovern
Associate Professor of Physiology
Office: Siebert 007B
Phone: x4292
E-mail: sarah.lovern@cuw.edu 

Dr. Santa Makstenieks
Professor of Science
Office: Siebert 007A
Phone: x4256
E-mail: santa.makstenieks@cuw.edu 

Dr. Ann McDonald
Professor of Science
Office: Loeber 020 
Phone: x4377
E-mail: ann.mcdonald@cuw.edu

Dr. Aaron Miller
Assistant Professor of Physiology
Office: Siebert 007D
Phone: x4386
E-mail: aaron.miller@cuw.edu 

Dr. Tom Saleska
Professor of Science
Office: Siebert 002C
Phone: x4258
E-mail: tom.saleska@cuw.edu 

Dr. Rochelle VanHart
Assistant Professor of Science
Office: Siebert 002B
Phone: x4495
E-mail: rochelle.vanhart@cuw.edu 

Dr. David Yahnke
Associate Professor of Science
Office: Siebert 007C
Phone: x2651
E-mail: david.yahnke@cuw.edu 

Dr. Michael Young
Associate Professor of Science and Assistand Department Chair
Office: Siebert 007B
Phone: x2046
E-mail: michael.young@cuw.edu

Lisa Stenulson
Life Sciences Lab Coordinator
Office: Rinker 022
Phone: 262-243-4514
E-mail: lisa.stenulson@cuw.edu