Dr. Jerry Bowen
Department Head and Associate Professor
“Biology students really enjoy the small class sizes we offer because it gives them better interaction and instruction than at larger schools. Our faculty members truly care about student success, and our graduates leave ready to take on the world.”
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About the Department
The Department of Biology at Rogers State University offers two emphases: Medical/Molecular and Environmental Conservation. These options examine traditional disciplines of botany, zoology and genetics as well as newer areas of study such as molecular biology, conservation and ecology. Students apply classroom lessons to work in the laboratory and field. A biology degree prepares students to compete in post-graduation professional programs and pursue careers in related fields.
Biology students graduate with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to achieve their personal and professional goals. With small class sizes and helpful, experienced faculty, students leave RSU ready to attend graduate school or start their careers.
The Medical/Molecular option is a proven preparatory track for students working toward careers in professional health fields, with graduates placed in graduate medical programs across the region.
Students who study Environmental Conservation graduate prepared to make a difference in the environment. The curriculum emphasizes statistics and ecological toxicology while addressing contemporary conservation issues such as ecosystem management, landscape ecology, and regional and global threats to biodiversity.
Both degrees are augmented with individual research leading to presentation of scientific papers and internships for successful post graduate and professional careers.
- Former students have been placed into graduate programs in chiropractic, medical, physical therapy, optometry and veterinary schools.
- Environmental Conservation graduates have been placed in graduate programs and hold careers with both local and national organizations.
- Upon graduation, students are prepared to take required entrance exams such as the GRE, MCAT, DAT and PCAT.
- Environmental Conservation students study nature hands-on in the 120-acre Education Conservation Reserve on RSU’s Claremore campus.
- The George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) will provide scholarships for RSU students who plan to gain admission to the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine in Tulsa and pursue careers treating patients underserved parts of the state.
“I was a nontraditional student that had taken the road less traveled, attending four different universities over 11 years. What stands out to me after looking back at the different colleges is the relationships I was able to develop with (RSU’s) faculty and staff all over campus. It is so fitting that RSU’s motto is, ‘It’s personal’ because my experience at Rogers State was just that.”
Tara Bowker graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in medical/molecular biology. Tara graduated debt-free with a combination of financial aid from RSU, scholarship assistance through the RSU Foundation, and hard work. During her undergraduate studies, Tara worked with an RSU faculty member on ground-breaking original research on the effects of Vitamin C on certain kinds of cancer. Because of her time at RSU, Tara was prepared for graduate school. She was accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s College of Dentistry, a four-year program that leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.