The mission of the Biology and Environmental Health Department is to provide:
Our 18 faculty members are dedicated, personable and teach a rigorous program that translates to student success:
Within the department is the Environmental Health Program. This program of study is for a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health, a field that is dedicated to protecting the human environment. Those working in the environmental health profession keep our environment healthy and safe from chemical, biological, physical and radiological hazards. Our Environmental Health Program is one of only 31 nationally accredited programs and we offer the ONLY accredited EH Program online.
With over 440 students majoring in biology, the Department of Biology and Environmental Health is the largest in the School of Arts & Sciences. The Biology degree from Missouri Southern offers students diverse career options. Our majors will enter fields such as biotechnology and bioinformatics, ecology and conservation biology, basic research, biology education, as well as health related careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy.
Biology is the study of life. There is no better way of gaining knowledge about life then to experience it firsthand. At Missouri Southern, we offer our students unparalleled opportunities to travel, work, or to study in locations throughout the U.S. and the world. In support of the international mission of Missouri Southern, the Biology Department provides a range of opportunities for students to explore biology from a global perspective. Please take a moment to see what we can offer you and the places you can go with us! Join the Pride!!
Missouri Southern offers several biology related degree options:
Biology, the study of life, is a field that offers a wide variety of career options, including health related professions. A bachelor degree in biology from Missouri Southern State University can prepare you to work in fields such as:
The Biology Department provides study abroad and internship opportunities for students to explore biology from a global perspective. Additionally, internships are encouraged for biology majors as they allow you to gain practical experience in a work or research setting. While completing an internship, students receive credit that is applied toward their degree requirements, so you receive hands-on experience and get credit hours at the same time! Since 2009, approximately 132 internships have been completed by students from the Biology Program for over 375 hours of credit.
National locations for undergraduate research and/or internships:
International locations for undergraduate research and/or internships:
Dr. Jennifer Dennis
Department Head, Biology & Environmental Health
Asst. Prof of Biology
Reynolds Hall 215
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
“The professors were always eager to help understand difficult concepts covered in class, advise in course scheduling and assist in the cumbersome medical school application process. I could not have asked for a better educational experience.”
"I love the Biology Department. I was a transfer student and they have been extremely helpful in preparing me for professional school in the future."
Carl Junction, Mo.