Dr. Jerry BowenDr. 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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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.

Fast Facts

  • Former students in the Medical/Molecular option have been placed into many professional programs including chiropractic, medical, physical therapy, optometry and veterinary schools as well as graduate programs.
  • Former students in the Environmental Conservation option have been placed in graduate programs in Environmental Science and Natural History, as well as holding careers in Fish and Wildlife, ODWC, the Corps of Engineers, GRDA and private industry.
  • 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 100-acre Education Conservation Reserve on RSU’s Claremore campus and our 260 acre RSU Field Research Station.
  • The George Kaiser Family Foundation offers a scholarship for RSU students who plan to gain admission to the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine in Tulsa and pursue careers in treating patients from parts of the state underserved by the present health care system.
  • Early admittance program with OSU College of Medicine is available.

Department of Biology Goals

The mission of the Department of Biology at Rogers State University is to support students in their pursuit of knowledge in biology and life science. Our purposes are:

  1. To increase the student’s critical thinking and reasoning abilities.
  2. To increase the student’s understanding and appreciation of the biological world and the ability to apply this understanding in his/her personal and professional life.
  3. To increase the student’s awareness of the benefits of incorporation of technology into science studies.
  4. To increase the student’s ability to interpret and understand his/her world.
  5. To prepare a student to matriculate into a four-year degree program in math or science-related fields or graduate.
  6. To serve as a resource for the community, utilizing the expertise of the faculty.