Biology at Viterbo

Biology is the study of life and the study of life is relevant to our everyday existence. From the trillions of cells in the human body to the complex and interconnectedness of all living things on the planet, the scope of what can be learned from the study of biology is truly amazing.

A major in biology at Viterbo provides students with a breadth of knowledge within the biological sciences (cellular and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, ecology, behavior, and evolution) as well as the opportunity to gain a greater depth of knowledge in specialized areas of interest. The biology major may lead to immediate employment after undergraduate studies are completed, but it also prepares students for advanced studies in research and health related fields. This allows students to develop their interests and tailor their learning to career aspirations while learning about and researching topics related to our understanding of life.

Majoring in biology at Viterbo provides students with a student centered learning environment including active teaching techniques, hands-on learning experiences, career exploration, research and internships embedded within the curriculum. Biology majors explore the biological sciences through guaranteed research or internship opportunities with Viterbo faculty or one of our many science and health care partners.

Apply or plan a visit today to get started on your education and a career in biology.


Program Highlights

  • Guaranteed research opportunities in which students work one-on-one with faculty mentors designing and conducting a capstone research project
  • Additional research opportunities are available for eligible first and second-year students, and a paid summer undergraduate research program
  • Internship positions are available at health care providers, government, nonprofit, and industry in various biological fields of study
  • Career advising and strong, personal faculty advising
  • Supplemental Instructor (SI) tutors in first-year required general biology courses
  • Dedicated teaching and research space allowing students to work in designated lab spaces for independent research and course laboratories
  • Active, hands-on (problem based) learning as opposed to the traditional lecture format
  • First semester “Science Success” course preparing students for college through career exploration, study strategies, introduction to campus resources, and building networks among students in the natural sciences


Michael Alfieri
Associate Professor, Biology/Assistant Dean, College of Education, Engineering, and Letters and Sciences

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Featured Alumni



“Viterbo provides a good learning environment very similar to what you get in grad school – smaller class sizes and personal relationships with professors. Faculty in the science department are terrific at getting summer internships and summer research positions.”

Chris  Suilmann '16  
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Career Examples

  • Dentist
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ecologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Research and development scientist
  • Research technician

Graduate Schools/Employers of Alumni

  • Concordia University physician assistant program
  • Des Moines University podiatric medicine program
  • Gundersen Health System
  • Homeland Security
  • Logan College of Chiropractic
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Midwestern University Pharmacy School
  • Ocean Spray
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Pfizer
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Louisville behavioral ecology graduate program
  • University of Minnesota industrial hygiene graduate program
  • University of Texas biochemistry graduate program
  • University of Wisconsin physician assistant program
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse physical therapy program  
  • U.S. Geological Survey Upper Mississippi Environmental Science Center