Banking on Biology

Interested in the connection between humans and the world around us? Consider majoring in Biology at Ashland to prepare for a career in medicine, research biology, and other emerging biology fields.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Paul Hyman
Associate Professor of Biology
Chair, Department of Biology and Toxicology
319, Kettering Science Center
419.207.6309
phyman@ashland.edu

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221, Kettering Science Center
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures & Course Rotations

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Undergraduate Catalog

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Biology Four-Year Guide

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship for the College of Arts and Sciences

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in the following disciplines: Computer Science/Cybersecurity, Journalism and Digital Media, and the Natural Sciences.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of up to $1,500 "stacked" on other merit awards received. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty and a focus on career coaching and preparation.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum high school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0.

Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. Becky Corbin (rcorbin@ashland.edu )

Minimum Required High School / Transfer GPA: 3.50

Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,500

Application Criteria: Formal application (the link to the application will be in your portal), essay and interview. Students must be admitted to the major with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher to qualify.

Renewal Criteria: AU GPA 3.00 or greater and maintain Natural Science Major

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is April 1, 2021

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Paul Hyman
Associate Professor of Biology
Chair, Department of Biology and Toxicology
319, Kettering Science Center
419.207.6309
phyman@ashland.edu

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221, Kettering Science Center
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

Brochures & Course Rotations

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Undergraduate Catalog

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Biology Four-Year Guide

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship for the College of Arts and Sciences

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in the following disciplines: Computer Science/Cybersecurity, Journalism and Digital Media, and the Natural Sciences.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of up to $1,500 "stacked" on other merit awards received. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty and a focus on career coaching and preparation.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum high school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0.

Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. Becky Corbin (rcorbin@ashland.edu )

Minimum Required High School / Transfer GPA: 3.50

Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,500

Application Criteria: Formal application (the link to the application will be in your portal), essay and interview. Students must be admitted to the major with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher to qualify.

Renewal Criteria: AU GPA 3.00 or greater and maintain Natural Science Major

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is April 1, 2021

What to Expect in the Biology Program

You’ll learn from an extraordinary group of professors who are respected scholars in their fields. And you’ll have countless options to cater your college experience to your future career objective. You can focus your program in a very specific direction by adding a forensic biology or biotechnology concentration to your biology major.

Biology Program Benefits

Ashland University has over 20 years of experience teaching forensic biology and a strong track record of preparing students like you for diverse and growing careers in biology.

You’ll experience:

  • Access to unique facilities, including:
    • Four laboratories dedicated to collaborative research
    • A human cadaver anatomy lab
    • A greenhouse and facility for housing research animals
    • Five local environmental preserves and modern science instrumentation
  • Numerous opportunities to carry out research at an undergraduate level working closely with outstanding faculty
  • A strong pre-professional program with an excellent track record proven by the fact that, since 2004, over 90 percent of Biology majors who’ve applied to health professional schools have been admitted within one year of graduation
  • Opportunities to gain incomparable real world experience with summer research internships at prestigious research universities, governmental organizations, and on Ashland University’s campus

Ashland University is a member of the Bioscience Consortium of Northeast Ohio, which supports biotechnology education, undergraduate research, and student inderships. The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and WIL Research Laboratories also routinely provide internships for biology majors.

Core Curriculum

Interesting classes you may take include:

  • The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life. Explore the question: What are the molecular and cellular processes that define life, and how are they sustained from generation to generation?
  • Field Zoology. Study the principles of field study and the collection, preservation and identification of common vertebrate and invertebrate animals.
  • Forensic Science. Explore the application of scientific methods and techniques to problems in the field of forensic science including analysis of hair, fingerprinting, DNA analysis and other topics.

Biology Career Outlook

Graduates of the Biology program go on to explore:

  • Positions in research laboratories, health care, and environmental science
  • Careers as high school biology or science teachers
  • Graduate studies in biology, cellular and molecular biology, ecology and other fields
  • With advanced training, careers as physicians, physical therapists, veterinarians, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists or physician assistants

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