Degree
BS
Program Type
Undergraduate
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Program Overview

In this program, you’ll explore everything from basic biology and genetics to advanced topics ranging from molecular biology, physiology and marine biology to ecology, botany and toxicology. You’ll conduct faculty-led research in well-equipped laboratories and five nature preserves. You’ll also have opportunities to present the results of important research at local and national conferences. Whether you’re considering employment immediately after graduation or planning to pursue an advanced degree, you’ll have the knowledge and hands-on training you need to take your next steps with confidence.

This program is ideal for anyone who:

  • Wants to pursue a career in human or veterinary medicine
  • Likes the idea of becoming a lab technician or doing meaningful research
  • Is fascinated by living systems of all kinds from those in plants to fungi and marine life
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Student in biology lab doing research with zebrafish

Learning Experiences

You can look forward to: 

  • Learning from an extraordinary group of professors who are respected scholars in their fields
  • Having the flexibility to focus your program in a very specific direction by adding a forensic biology or biotechnology concentration to your biology major
  • Having opportunities to conduct research in unique facilities, such as: 
    • Four laboratories dedicated to collaborative research
    • A greenhouse and facility for housing research animals
    • Five local environmental preserves and modern science instrumentation

Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society - This honor society is a great way to connect with other students in service and social activities and to help improve the understanding of biology.

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Students doing stream clean-up at Canfield preserve

Student Internships

You’ll have opportunities to participate in summer research internships at prestigious research universities, governmental organizations and on the AU campus. For example, Ashland University is a member of the Bioscience Consortium of Northeast Ohio, which supports biotechnology education and undergraduate research, as well as student internships. The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster and Charles River Laboratories also routinely provide internships for biology majors.

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Students preparing test tubes in microbiology lab

Curriculum

The following are three of the interesting classes you might take:

  • The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life - Explore the question: What are the molecular and cellular processes that define life? How are they sustained from generation to generation?
  • Field Zoology - Learn 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 and DNA analysis.

Learn more by reviewing the four-year course guide and the course rotation schedule.

Graduate Outcomes

Biology majors have a strong track record of entering health professional schools, including medical, physician assistant and veterinary schools. Since 2004, more than 90 percent of AU biology majors who have applied to health professional schools have been admitted within one year of graduation. Our majors also find lucrative employment directly after graduation.

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Student in microbiology lab using microscope

Employers of Recent Graduates

Recent graduates of the biology program found employment at:

  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Toledo Zoo
  • Battelle Corporation
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Central Admixture Pharmacy Services
  • Cleveland Cord Blood Center
  • United Way of Knox County
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Student in biology lab doing zebrafish research

Contact Information

Paul Hyman
Chair of the Biology and Toxicology Department and Professor of Biology
319 Kettering Science Center
phyman@ashland.edu
419-207-6309

Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 Kettering Science Center
brodebac@ashland.edu
419-289-5261