Department News

A Summer of Mammoths

Over the summer, Dr. Nigel Brush , Professor of Geology, has been kept busy identifying various rocks, fossils, and human artifacts exposed by recent heavy… Read more

Ashland Toxicology major receives travel award to national meeting

Ashland University Toxicology, Biology, and Environmental Science triple-major Shelby Reutter recently attended the national meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in Baltimore, Maryland with… Read more

AU grad receives prestigious Yeager Award

Corianna Borton ’19 (center) with adviser Dr. Brian Mohney (center left) and co-adviser Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer (center right). May 2019 AU graduate Corianna Borton was… Read more

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Andrew Trimble

Dr. Trimble teaches a number of courses in our unique toxicology program and mentors student research into the environmental effects of pesticides and winter road salt. He and his students maintain a collection of toxic and medicinal plants in the department's 2,500 square-foot greenhouse.

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Biology and Toxicology at Ashland University

When you choose a Biology Science major at Ashland University, you join a program on the cutting edge of scientific exploration with outstanding facilities and research equipment, access to five local nature preserves, strong pre-professional programs and many opportunities to work with your professors on scientific research projects. Our graduates have a high success rate entering medical and other health professional programs, attend prestigious graduate programs and get jobs in the biosciences.

Student & Faculty Collaboration

The close work that our faculty and students perform in both classrooms and research labs sets us apart from other biology programs.  As a biology or toxicology major, you will get the personal attention and mentorship that builds towards a successful career in graduate school, health professional training like medical school, or employment after your bachelor’s degree.

  • All of your biology courses, including lab sections, are taught by full-time faculty that are experts in their fields, in class sizes typically ranging from eight to 24 students.
  • You will take courses and do scientific research in modern laboratory facilities that will prepare you for diverse science careers and have access to five environmental preserves, a greenhouse and human cadaver facility .
  • Courses and research opportunities in areas such as cell and molecular biology, physiology, toxicology, field ecology, animal biology, aquatic biology, environmental scienceforensic science and medical laboratory science.
  • Our faculty/student research projects have been supported by over $1,000,000 in federal funding since 1997.
  • You will be a part of a program that has an outstanding record of admission to medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant and physical therapy schools. Since 2004, over 90 percent of our majors who applied to professional schools were admitted within one year of graduation.

In Their Own Words

See what our students and alumni have to say about our programs
Brad Pickens Environmental Science Ashland University
A major component of AU's Environmental Science Program is its interdisciplinary nature. As my research in wildlife and conservation biology has further developed into an expertise in wetland ecology, many of the classes and field experiences I had at AU have paid dividends. To fully... more
Brad Pickens, Environmental Science '00, M.S. Bowling Green State University '06, Ph.D. Louisiana State University '12, North Carolina State University Post-doc Researcher '13
Becky Richards sitting in front of chalk board
I entered Ashland University without a clear career goal, but my interest in medicine was piqued after taking an Anatomy and Physiology class during my sophomore year. I was also able to participate in undergraduate research while at Ashland, which inspired me to appreciate the importance of... more
Becky Richards, Biology '04; MD/PhD, Oregon Health Sciences University
Erin Allen headshot
The Biology Department at AU provided me with the experience and tools necessary for me to be successful in graduate school through the individualized instruction and small class sizes, extensive practice preparing oral presentations, writing lab reports, and critiquing current literature. In... more
Erin (Gagan) Allen, Toxicology '06; PhD, University of Iowa
Karie Charlton
I have been impressed by Ashland University’s science programs because I have been able to get hands-on lab experience beginning my first semester of my freshman year. And I like that the professors are in the lab with me for one-on-one interaction. I like the willingness of the professors to... more
Karie Charlton, EVS '11; Cuyahoga Valley National Park Educator
Katie Manocchio
I could not have been more satisfied with my overall pre-professional program experience at AU. It was one of the best decisions of my life and if I had to I would make the same decision all over again. Even though AU is a small school it has as much to offer if not more than a large... more
Katie Manocchio, Biology '11; PA program, University of Toledo
Michelle Musser
In my toxicology program I was able to complete a self-directed, animal-based research project. Although I do not participate in this type of research now, having this opportunity expanded my personal experience in the basic sciences, giving me a more robust understanding than your typical... more
Michelle (Kaufman) Musser, Toxicology '05; Pharmacy Doctorate, The Ohio State University