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The Department of Biological Sciences offers majors for students who are passionate about the science of living organisms including biology, environmental science, neuroscience, and pre-professional programs such as pre-medicine and pre-pharmacy. Students will have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research, take interdisciplinary courses, gain valuable hands-on experience through internships, community engagement, and project-based courses, and receive tailored mentoring as you plan your future career.

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Our programs are ideally suited to those who aspire to:

  • Experience hands-on learning in state-of-the art science and health facilities as well as the NKU Research and Education Field Station
  • Work in numerous research labs and at field sites supported with funding from places such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health
  • Embark on internships, study abroad, and research opportunities that influence future career paths
  • Pursue further professional and/or graduate education



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Undergrad Research

Paid undergraduate research positions provide valuable experience and the opportunity to contribute to ongoing biology research supported by the NSF and NIH.

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Student Orgs & Clubs

Whatever your interest, we’ve got a group for you.

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Career Mentoring

Guidance in skill and resume building, working through application processes, and knowledge of our early assurance programs with various professional schools

Meet Your Advisors


Rayah Stein

Michelle Griesinger

“What I found to be special at NKU is the small class size, which allowed for individualized attention from professors and peers. The lab …

Rayah Stein

Rayah Stein

“As a student at NKU I had so many opportunities, I was the chair of the Health Professions Club, a STEM Peer mentor, Supplemental …

Justin Gibson

Justin Gibson

“My time at NKU served as a critical inflection point on the path of my career trajectory. In particular, the opportunity to get involved …

Ariel Porter

Ariel Porter

“I am in my fourth year of medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine - Northern Kentucky University campus. NKU provided me …

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The Biological Sciences Cellular, Molecular and Genetics track at Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

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