Wayne State College
Life Sciences

Department of Life Sciences

Our students have gone on to be highly successful in their careers, whether it be as a biologist, medical professional, or teacher.

About the Department

In the Life Sciences Department, we foster a climate of intellectual curiosity. As a student here, you’ll develop crucial laboratory skills that are applicable to a variety of science and health fields. Our science labs are among the best in the state and are used regularly by a range of classes to complete a rigorous science curriculum under the supervision of our distinguished faculty. The Carhart Science Building features biological, physical, and chemical science laboratories with cutting-edge equipment, while our human cadaver lab provides students the opportunity to learn about human anatomy and physiology beyond the books. Our new Anatomage Table is a 3D, life-sized, interactive anatomy tool that allows you to virtually dissect cadavers, allowing students to better prepare for health care professions. Anatomy students also have access to a cadaver lab that features two human cadavers.

Many of our students go on to medical and dental school, as well as various other health programs such as physician assistant and physical therapy. Our faculty frequently hear back from graduates who praise the preparation they received at Wayne State College.


Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP)

A cooperative program between Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) that recruits and educates students from rural Nebraska to become health care providers and return to a rural community. You’ll receive a full tuition scholarship at Wayne State College with guaranteed admission to UNMC.

Eric Pfieffer

“I chose to attend Wayne State College because it is very affordable. I also wanted to experience the brand new science department where my classes and labs would be held. I enjoy my major because what I learn in the classroom is applicable to real life and my own body. The coursework allows me to balance my studies and absorb as much knowledge as possible.” 


Eric Pfiefer '18

Hometown: Madison, Neb.
B.S. Chemistry, Health Sciences

Life Sciences Degree Programs

Choose from our majors in the life sciences, or enhance your education by adding on a second major or minor. Explore your options here.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Applied Science (Agriculture/Biology) Explore             
Biology Explore      Explore       
Biology Education (7-12) Explore             
Chiropractic (Pre-Chiropractic)   Explore           
Conservation Biology Explore             
Dental Hygiene (Pre-Dental Hygiene)   Explore           
Dentistry (Pre-Dentistry)   Explore           
Environmental Studies       Explore       
Health Sciences (Life Sciences) Explore             
Interdisciplinary Studies Explore    Explore  Explore       
Medical Laboratory Science   Explore           
Medicine (Pre-Medicine)   Explore           
Mortuary Science   Explore           
Nursing (Pre-Nursing)   Explore           
Occupational Therapy (Pre-Occupational Therapy)   Explore           
Osteopathic Medicine (Pre-Osteopathic Medicine)   Explore           
Physical Therapy (Pre-Physical Therapy)   Explore           
Physician Assistant (Pre-Physician Assistant)   Explore           
Plant Biology-Ecology and Management   Explore           
Podiatry (Pre-Podiatric Medicine)   Explore           
Respiratory Therapy   Explore           
Science Education - Master's Degree Option (MSE) Partially Online     Explore         
Veterinary Medicine (Pre-Veterinary Medicine)   Explore           
Doug Christensen

“There are many options to explore in the Life Sciences Department! Our curriculum is designed to be exciting and challenging, paving the way for your educational experience to prepare you for a wide range of medical, industrial, or academic careers. With amazing faculty, outstanding research and teaching technology, and field and internship experiences, we are confident that with your dedication, together we can build on the strong reputation Wayne State College science graduates enjoy as they pursue their dreams in Nebraska and around the country.”


Doug Christensen, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Professor of Biology

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your degree in the life science by participating in clubs, organizations, and more.

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Activities for life sciences degree majors


Conduct your own research and present your findings at conferences such as The Wildlife Society, American Society of Microbiology, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The North American Prairie Conference. Help judge at the Nebraska Science Bowl and Jr. Academy of Science Fairs, and visit area science labs

Internships for life sciences degrees


We encourage all students to complete an internship before graduating, to gain experience in this field of study. Before graduating, you’ll have a chance to work with local agencies. Career Services is also available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in our life science degree programs.

Life Sciences Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for life sciences students.

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