Biology Student Resources

Biology Writing Style Guide (PDF)



A degree in biology from Wartburg College is well-recognized around the nation. Wartburg has one of the highest rates of students accepted into medical school and other fields of medicine. Below are some of the fields of medicine our students tend to pursue.

Chiropractic Medicine
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that is concerned with human health and disease processes. Doctors of Chiropractic are physicians who consider man as an integrated being and give special attention to the physiological and biochemical aspects including structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, nutritional, emotional and environmental relationships.

If the thought of helping people feel better about their smiles is not enough to attract you to dentistry, consider this: dentists are often the first healthcare professionals to recognize and identify many different diseases, including high blood pressure and cancer. It may seem hard to believe, but that relatively small space between your jaws can contain a wealth of information about your body.

Ecology/Environmental Science
Ecology and environmental science is the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment. Ecologists are concerned about preserving the earth's natural resources. Due to the enormous increase in technology and population in the last 200 years, there has been a lack of balance between consumption and replenishment of natural resources on the planet.

Graduate School

You might want to consider a couple of options when it comes to graduate school. The following are a list of some options to consider:

M.D./Ph.D Medical Science Programs

Perhaps you are an excellent student torn between a research career and clinical career? The medicine scientists training program (MSTP) may be right for you.

Osteopathic Medicine
Admission to osteopathic medical school is competitive and selective. The person who is well-rounded, has a broad background, who demonstrates the qualities listed above and who has demonstrated academic excellence has the best chance for admission to osteopathic medical school.

Medical Technology
Medical Technology (MT) or Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) is a profession that combines the challenges and rewards of basic science, medicine and technology. As a vital member of the health care team, the clinical laboratory scientist works closely with pathologists and other physicians to uncover clues to disease. Medical Technologists are people who are certified health care professionals whose laboratory analyses play a critical role in the diagnosis and management of disease.

Registered nursing programs prepare people to work as RNs. Students learn techniques and procedures of caring for patients and helping doctors. They learn to give medicine and treatments. They also learn to comfort and instruct patients.

Optometrists examine patients' eyes to diagnose vision problems. They prescribe corrective lenses or other treatments.

Occupational Therapy 
Occupational therapists help people regain or learn daily living or work skills. Occupational therapists (OTs) help people who have mental, physical, or developmental disabilities. These disabilities are caused by birth defects, injuries, illnesses, or aging. Therapists help people develop, recover, or maintain their living and work skills.

Physician Assistant
Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs employed by the federal government are credentialed to practice. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in most states can write prescriptions.

Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study and treatment of disorders of the leg and foot .

Physical Therapy
Physical therapists treat patients to relieve their pain and increase their strength and mobility. Physical therapists care for patients with disabilities, injuries, or pain. Doctors refer patients for conditions such as lower back pain, arthritis, and broken bones. They also refer patients recovering from accidents, strokes, and heart disease. Physical therapists help patients decrease pain and improve strength. They also try to prevent permanent disabilities or stop conditions from worsening.

Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of animals (especially domestic animals). Doctors of Veterinary Medicine are medical professionals whose primary responsibility is protecting the health and welfare of animals and people.