Biological Sciences Major
A hands-on education is all yours when you embark upon a biological sciences major at UW-Parkside. Whether you’re considering a career in the health field or as a naturalist, we offer plentiful experiences and expertise to set you on the right path!
As a high-quality, world-class educational institution, Parkside has a reputation for outstanding student preparation for careers in biology, molecular biology, pre-med, health sciences, and nursing. Professors provide one-on-one attention, taking a personal interest in you, and building lasting relationships. We offer state-of-the-art technology and opportunities for students to conduct research right alongside these renowned faculty members.
Upon graduation, you will go on to top-tier professional, medical, and graduate schools, with 90 percent of our students accepted to the graduate or professional schools they’ve applied to. The national average is only 40 percent.
Premiere regional, national, and global employers seek out Parkside graduates. The preparation, research, and faculty attention biological sciences majors receive at Parkside all pays off!
Tanesha Norris (’09) took the initiative to find out what her research professors were pursuing and looked for opportunities to assist them with lab work. As a result, she’s now working with a $3.6 billion global bio-technology company. Tanesha works with robots on the automation team and hopes to branch out into stem cell research.
She was the first person in her family to attend college and set an example for others to follow. Now, Tanesha’s sister and other relatives have pursued higher education.
Biological Sciences graduates are succeeding at some of the top schools in the nation, such as the Medical College of Wisconsin UW-Madison, the University of Chicago, Washington University School of Medicine, and Johns Hopkins.
In their professional careers, Parkside graduates play key roles at leading employers, including Abbott Laboratories, SC Johnson, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Aurora Healthcare, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, and many more.
Science Sisters Article
Sylvia Burns and Valerie Riehl are two sisters from Racine, Wisconsin who are on the same path here at Parkside. Sylvia came to Parkside because of the reputation of the Molecular Biology program, she said "They have one of the best Molecular Biology programs in the state and Parkside is a great commuter school." Aside from enjoying the convenience of being able to commute, Sylvia also said that Parkside is a very friendly school for non-traditional students like herself. After completing her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology she decided to continue on in pursuit of a Master of Science in Applied Molecular Biology.
While Sylvia was attending school here at Parkside her sister Valerie was looking for another option to attain her degree. After transferring to Parkside she also decided complete her degree in Molecular Biology switching from her originally intended business degree. After Valerie graduated with her degree in Molecular Biology in May of 2015, she also decided to continue her studies with the intention of getting a Master's degree in Molecular Biology. Valerie appreciates the shorter commutes from Racine to Parkside and is enjoying going through the degree program with her sister, she said "It's nice to have someone encourage you to go to class and support you."
Both sisters mentioned that aside from the support that they receive from each other, the support that they receive from professors has been helpful while completing their degrees and why they would recommend Parkside to others. Valerie said that, "The biology department is a good department to be in. They have a close set of professors and it makes it easier to connect with them." She went on to say that when she was at a different university her degree seemed unattainable…"At UW-Parkside, I have had an encouraging experience with my professors telling me, 'You can do it!' "
I also have a passion for continuing my education through books (particularly true crime and social equity). I enjoy hiking, gardening, Lego, and playing with my cats!
<b>Education:</b><br>Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Arizona, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics<br>Ph. D., Entomology, University of California, Riverside<br>M. S., Chemistry, University of California, Riverside<br>B. S., Chemistry, University of California, Davis