The Biology and Toxicology Department at Ashland University prepares students for careers in scientific exploration and application. Our students work closely with faculty both in the classroom and research labs. Our faculty/student research projects have been supported by more than $1 million in federal funding since 1997.

Student in biology lab using a pipette to transfer chemicals

When you choose a Biology or Toxicology major at Ashland University, you join a program on the forefront of scientific exploration with:

  • Outstanding facilities and research equipment
  • Access to five area nature preserves
  • Strong pre-professional programs
  • Opportunities to work with your professors on scientific research projects

Graduates of this program have a high success rate entering medical and other health-related professional programs, as well as admission to prestigious graduate programs.

Explore our programs to find the one best suited to your career objective.


Student in biology lab showing experiment to instructor


Choose Ohio First - Ashland University has been awarded a grant from the state of Ohio to provide Choose Ohio First Scholarships to outstanding students with interests in the natural and physical sciences. These scholarships support academically strong students who plan to continue to graduate school, health-related professional programs or employment in STEM industries after completing a bachelor’s degree.

Students can receive $3,000 per academic year for four years.


  • ACT score of 25 or higher
  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Maintain a major in Biochemistry, Biology (including Forensic Biology), Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Chemistry, Physics or Toxicology
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA by the end of the first year to maintain scholarship
  • Attend three STEM-related lectures or events each semester

AU also provides a peer mentoring program for new students. We encourage students to participate in research projects, professional internships and STEM-related career fairs as well.

If you have questions about the Choose Ohio First scholarship program, contact Mason Posner, Ph.D. at mposner@ashland.edu or 419-289-5691.
Science Scholars Program - The National Science Foundation funds the Science Scholars Program that provides renewable scholarships of $4,000 to $10,000 annually, as well as academic support to students pursuing undergraduate degrees in natural science disciplines.

Professor Saunders with students at Canfield Preserve

Contact Information

Paul Hyman, Ph.D.
Chair of the Biology and Toxicology Department and Professor of Biology
319 Kettering Science Center

Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 Kettering Science Center