Dual Enrollment in Biology
Getting a Head Start
Our program supports and offers freshman level Biology I (BIOL 1450) and Biology II (BIOL 1750), and Environmental Biology (BIOL 1330) for high school students enrolled in corresponding Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Participating high schools have approved adjunct instructors that teach high school AP Biology/Environmental Science at the college level. This gives students in high school the opportunity to earn up to ten college credit hours for AP Biology and/or three credit hours for AP Environmental Science through the Department of Biology at UNO. Listed below are further benefits for members of the Dual Enrollment program. For more information about the campus-wide Dual Enrollment program please visit
High School AP biology teachers interested in becoming approved as dual enrollment instructors for biology are encouraged to apply for UNO Biology Department approval. The Department of Biology offers Biology I (1450), Biology II (1750), and Environmental Biology (1330) as college coursework earned concurrent with AP biology if the department approves the high school teacher. Requirements for approval and application material needed to apply to the program are listed below. The Department of Biology at UNO reserves the right to consider individuals on a case-by-case basis depending on unique qualifications.
Approval Criteria for Participating AP Biology Teachers
- Master's degree in biology or closely-related field, 3.0 overall GPA in Masters program - Master's degree in Science Education may be considered on an individual basis
- Minimum one year teaching Advanced Placement Biology
- Applications are subject to whole-department review for approval
- Successful completion of additional coursework may be required on a case-by-case basis before approval is granted
Please be advised that the Department of Biology at UNO has revised the protocol for teachers applying for approval for Dual Enrollment instruction of AP Biology. Effective July 2015, teacher applications for Dual Enrollment AP Biology must be submitted on or before an annual deadline to be eligible for review and approval for the forthcoming academic year. The 2015-2016 application deadlines are indicated below.
2015-2016 APPLICATION DEADLINES:
2015-2016 Deadline: Friday, July 31st
2016 Spring-course Exception Deadline*: Friday, November 20th (Only applies in cases where AP Biology is offered in its entirety during the upcoming spring semester)
*Individuals applying for spring approval may choose to submit their applications at the general deadline for early review.
Application Materials for Teachers
- Current curriculum vitae indicating degree(s) earned and GPA
- Copies of unofficial transcripts showing coursework and GPA
- Course syllabus of AP Biology course(s) taught/teaching/will teach
- Sample exam(s)
Send the above material with completed Dual Enrollment Instructor Application to:Kelly Malone – Assistant Director, Dual Enrollment
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Eppley Building, 117
Omaha, NE 68182
Glacier Creek Preserve Grassland Ecology Lab (fall semester primarily)
Students will study ecosystem interactions by investigating the effects of fire frequency and season on multiple biotic and abiotic grassland variables. Teachers may also use this opportunity to discuss other relevant topics such as successional stages and effects of disturbance on abundance and diversity of various grassland organisms. This field experience takes approximately 4-6 hours depending on number of students, individual interests, and time limitations.
DNA Fingerprint Analysis Lab (Late fall semester, spring semester)
Students will come to the UNO campus, where they will learn about the uniqueness of DNA while practicing pipetting skills, restriction enzyme digestion, agarose gel electrophoresis, and additional methodology of DNA analysis. The lab, which simulates a real life example of forensics and illustrates the level of skill needed for molecular work, is in line with Investigation 9 of the revised AP Biology Investigative Labs (2012). Participating instructors and students are invited to gain an in depth experience in our Molecular Biology Lab here at UNO. Pre- and post- lab materials are included to enhance and expand understanding.
The on-campus activity takes approximately 3-5 hours depending on time constraints and optional additional activities. If time permits, students may be given a tour of the UNO Biology Department, Criss Library, MSLC Tutoring Center, and have lunch provided in the Milo Bail Student Center. Certain options may be discussed to shorten the laboratory activity if necessary. Alternatively, groups with significant time and/or travel constraints may choose to conduct this lab in their own school, in which case our Biology Dual Enrollment Coordinator will provide supplies, instruction, and guidance.
*Indicates AP Environmental Science Course. All others are AP Biology.
|Bellevue East||Bruce Bartholow|
|Bellevue West||Christine Ritta|
|Elkhorn South||Daryle LaFleur|
|Marian||Kristine Calhoun (Sandall)|
|Millard North||Tyler Pearson, Peter Grimes*|
|Millard South||Lisa Groth, Joanne Kappas*|
|Millard West||Jay Carlson, Megan Hylok, Maureen Ord*|
|Omaha Bryan||Frank Tworek|
|Omaha Burke||Marnell Holm|
|Omaha North||Elaine Westbrook*|
|Omaha Central||Kristoff Berzins|
|Omaha Northwest||Laura Samson|
|Papillion-LaVista South||Megan Myers|
The Department of Biology periodically conducts prescribed burns at our own Glacier Creek Preserve and T.L. Davis Prairie. To add your name to the Omaha Red List get updated information and volunteer for controlled burns visit our Prescribed Burning page.
The First Annual AP Biology Exam Prep and Review Session hosted by UNO Dual Enrollment was held at UNO in April, 2015. Students from 20+ area high schools are invited to join other AP Biology students during this interactive session complete with snacks, giveaways, and useful study materials. The session is designed to help you review important concepts in AP Biology and boost your confidence before the national College Board AP Biology exam at the end of the year. You do not have to be dual enrolled to participate! Check back here for updates, or contact your Biology Dual Enrollment Coordinator to find out when this year’s session will take place!
NE STEM 4U is a student-run organization that provides informal, after school programming in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas to students in Omaha Public Schools. Motivated, passionate, and dedicated individuals are encouraged to apply to become a mentor. If interested, please visit NE STEM 4U or contact Christine Cutacache at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When submitting a field trip request, please allow a minimum of two-weeks notice, and indicate the number of students you wish to accommodate and the particular activity you are interested in. Please provide at least two potential dates that would work best with your schedule. Prairie field trips are primarily offered in the fall semester. On-campus DNA labs will be available in late fall and spring semesters, and are primarily offered on Mondays and Fridays.
Substitute teacher and transportation costs for field trips will be reimbursed if invoices are submitted to the Dual Enrollment Coordinator within 30 days of the event. Your school should create an invoice, billing UNO for the amount you are seeking compensation, accompanied by the original invoice(s) for relevant expenses. Late requests may not be eligible for compensation.
What does dual enrollment in biology mean?
Dual enrollment is a program where high school students enroll in AP biology within their respective high school and can concurrently enroll in Biology I (BIOL 1450) and Biology II (BIOL 1750) as college coursework through UNO. Each of these two courses is 5 credit hours and costs $250.00. If the same student declines to enroll in 1450 and 1750 while taking AP biology and after high school chooses to take the class on campus as a UNO student, each course would cost approximately $1500.00 at the current tuition rate.
Are Biology 1450 and 1750 the same college courses offered at UNO through the Department of Biology?
Yes. We offer Biology 1450 and 1750 on campus, and these courses are integrated into biology degree curriculum as prerequisites for upper-level biology courses such as Genetics, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Virology, Microbiology, Ecology and others.
How can I find out what classes I will need to complete my degree?
Click here to view course requirements for undergraduate degree programs in Biology at UNO. You can find a complete list of majors and programs offered at UNO here.
If I enroll as dual student will I receive the same grade in AP biology and Biology 1450, 1750?
Yes. The grade you receive as a high school AP biology student is the same grade recorded for Biology 1450, 1750. This becomes a permanent transcript record at the college level because you are officially a UNO college student when you enroll in the biology courses. This also means you can transfer the college credit hours to other universities, although they might take the credit hours as a natural science and not see them as Biology I, II in their programs. Please call your universities of choice to see how they view the courses. If you take the courses through UNO and enroll as a college student here, these courses stand as Biology I (1450) and Biology II (1750).
What are the benefits of becoming a UNO student with the Dual Enrollment program?
As a UNO student you will have access to the Criss Library for research resources, free science tutoring through the Math-Science Learning Center, and resources within the Biology Department. These may include opportunities to get involved in scientific research, volunteer for prairie burns, or shadow a scientist for career direction.
What if I don't want to major in biology? How does dual credit benefit me?
Regardless of the degree you choose to pursue, the credits you earn in Dual Enrollment Biology stand on your official UNO transcript. Many majors require at least one natural science with a lab, and BIOL 1450/1750 meet those requirements. The number of credits you earn will also contribute to your total credit hours completed, a minimum of which must be met to graduate. So, completing Dual Enrollment courses prior to graduating high school can benefit you whether or not you choose to pursue a career in biology.
I plan to become a medical doctor, veterinarian, or scientist as a career someday. How does taking Biology I, II as a dual student help me?
In order to get into any medical or biological research, field biology is required coursework as an undergraduate. As a dual student you will be getting a "jump start" into the curriculum coursework of those careers. If you complete both courses with acceptable grades, you will graduate high school with 10 college credit hours of biology. This will enable you to enroll in upper level biology coursework earlier because you will have already completed foundational prerequisites before your first college semester.
In addition, you may have the opportunity to become involved in research as a dual student with the potential to continue this research with a professor in our department as an undergraduate. Keep in mind that medical schools and graduate programs prefer students who have taken on research projects in a scientific field. Such activities promote building relationships with professors, from which you may gain valuable references to get into your program(s) of choice. Please browse our faculty profiles to learn more about UNO Department of Biology faculty.
Is there financial aid available to help me pay for Dual Enrollment courses?
The ACE (Access College Early) scholarship is need-based and is available for qualifying students. For more information and to apply, visit the Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) site.
If you have further questions or would like more information about the program, please contact Heather Leas at email@example.com.