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Ashland Biology in Costa Rica

Boat trip for snorkeling on the Pacific coast Ashland University has hosted a foreign languages summer program in Costa Rica for many years. But this… Read more

Ashland Biology lab sends student researchers to zoology internships across the country

Students Cortney Kourie (left) and Samantha Carson (right) with faculty research mentor Dr. Dolly Crawford Four undergraduate research students working this past year with Dr… Read more

Toxicology alumna earns Ph.D

Alumna Daphne Guinn (Toxicology, 2011) was awarded a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Ohio State University earlier this month. Her Ph.D. dissertation research was focused… 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.


Ashland University’s Environmental Studies Center located at the AU Black...Read more

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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, where employment growth is expected to be 21 percent between 2008 and 2018.

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 biotechnology.
  • Our faculty/student research projects have been supported by over $700,000 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.  Watch faculty and students talk about our pre-professional program.

In Their Own Words

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