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Biology is the study of life. At Southeast, we cover every aspect of life at every level. Our strengths lie in the versatility of our program and in the individualized support that we provide our students.

  • Study viruses, algae, fungi, plants and animals, and study them on a molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological level.
  • Learn in the classroom, in the field, and in the laboratory.
  • Six options in the major, from wildlife to cell and molecular biology to pre-physician assistant, as well as a Master of Natural Science degree in Biology.
  • We offer two minors. You can develop a broad minor in General Biology, or specialize in Biological and Medical Science Entrepreneurship.
  • Our research ranges from viruses, to cell and molecular biology, and to ecology. In today's integrated research environment, we offer you an opportunity to prepare for your future.
female student in the biology lab using a pipette to drip a solution into a test tube

What are your career goals? What are your academic goals? Let us help you experience biology at Southeast... and experience success!

Exciting News!

The University received a five-year, $2 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant provides funds to purchase state of the art scientific equipment and complete renovation of the teaching laboratories. Alumni and friends of the Department are encouraged to contribute to the matching portion of the grant. To learn more about the grant, visit theTitle III website.

Biology Classroom


  • Areas of Study
    Southeast's biology program offers a variety of opportunities for personalized study and training.
  • Courses
    A listing of core courses, electives, science education courses, and university studies courses that you will need to streamline your study.
  • Minors in Biology
    We offer two minors, a broad minor in General Biology or Biological and Medical Science Entrepreneurship.
  • Graduate Program
    Southeast offers a Master of Natural Science degree in Biology.
Biology Field Work


  • Faculty and Staff
    Our faculty can help you identify career choices, options of study, and specific majors that interest you.
  • Facilities and Opportunities
    Both area natural resources and facilities available on and off campus will contribute to your biology education at Southeast.
  • Financial Assistance Opportunities
    Scholarship opportunities specifically designated for Biology students are available. Additional financial help is available for those who meet designated criteria.
  • Student Organizations
    There are plenty of organizations dedicated to those interested in Biology here at Southeast.
Graduating Students


  • Graduate with Distinction in Biology
    The Department of Biology Academic Distinction is designed for students who intend to pursue graduate training or who seek to distinguish themselves as scholars. Experience real research, its design, implementation and presentation! Academic Distinction is honored at commencement and posted on transcripts.
  • Biology Alumni Survey
    The Department of Biology needs your contact information after you graduate. Graduates like you are a valuable resource for assessing the quality of our programs, and it is vital that we periodically obtain feedback from you regarding your career success and transitions.


Rhodes Hall 224
Department of Biology
One University Plaza, MS 6200
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
Scholarships for
Biology Students