Biology

It’s All About Life

About 4 billion years ago, Earth cooled down enough for chemical reactions to produce biological molecules and soon after the first cells formed.  Since then, more than 100,000 million species have come and gone.  Today, humans are one of about 150 million species that are living, reproducing, competing, cooperating, eating each other and changing the environment we share. There is a lot of life out there and even within your own body.  Are you ready to learn all about life from the chemicals and cells we are all made of, to how different species interact with each other and with their environment?  Then major in Biology.

James McClellan plans to go to veterinary school. In his undergraduate research project at Ozarks he studied whether hox genes (that regulate the number of vertebrae developing in the embryo) are sensitive to the mother’s body temperature during pregnancy. Here, James prepares to surgically implant a tiny temperature recorder into an anesthetized armadillo.

Scientists have recently discovered bacteria on the skin of red-backed salamanders (like this one students in Animal Diversity and Evolution captured) protecting them from the Chytrid fungus that is contributing to the global extinction of amphibians.  This bacteria might be used to protect vulnerable species.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO

Interest in plants and insects started early for Dr. Sconiers

University of the Ozarks Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Warren Sconiers was just a child when he discovered he had a unique interest in nature's smallest creatures.

Hiatt scaling new heights as campus leader

Breanna Hiatt has taken full advantage of the liberal arts curriculum at University of the Ozarks to find her true calling.

Paz reaches new heights, depths in science research program

University of the Ozarks junior Amanda Paz spent her summer scaling the jungle canopies of a rain forest, scuba diving at one of the most ecological-rich reefs in the world and working with some of the most diverse animals on the planet. And, it was all done in the name of science.

All biology tells us about God is that “he has an inordinate fondness for beetles.”

J.B.S. Haldane