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At a glance: Biology

"Biology faculty members are committed to helping students reach their goals in their chosen careers. My students and I are actively engaged in the areas of field and environmental biology, whether it involves classroom, laboratory research or getting into the nature at our field sites in Ohio, in Florida for marine biology, or in the tropics of Ecuador, Cuba and the Galapagos Islands. Other faculty members share their expertise with students interested in the diverse topics of biology from DNA and cells to anatomy and ecology."

Brian E. Keas
Associate professor of biological sciences

Biology Features:

Research Driven

Energy From Algae

Harry Walker "Earns His Ears" at Disney

Professor Keiser Made Biology Fun


A biological science education at Ohio Northern University includes the development of a strong foundation through investigative, integrative and conceptual approaches, along with encouragement of individual specialization. These specializations include field, forensic, molecular and organismal biology, or allied health sciences (medical laboratory science and pre-professional health programs).

Biology majors interested in teaching (grades 7-12) may complete additional course work in the Department of Education required to become a licensed teacher. The licensure areas include Integrated Sciences and Life Sciences.  Students interested in teaching in the science areas are eligible to apply for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship which can be up to an additional $6,500 a year for those that meet the appropriate requirements.

Distinctive features

Off-campus facilities include a 300-acre wetland restoration project, forensic body farm and the ONU Metzger Nature Center in eastern Ohio. The new Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences complex includes cadaver-dissection laboratories, a teaching museum and herbarium, and laboratories for aquatics, forensics, nursing and medical laboratory sciences. In addition, this complex will provide new facilities for teaching, student and faculty research, and seminars/conferences.

For additional information on this major, contact the department office at 419-772-2325 or by email at


The department of biological and allied health sciences occupies the first floor of the Meyer Hall of Science and the first and third floors of the new 95,000-square-foot Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences.

Student organizations

Beta Beta Beta – national biological honorary society, Biological Student Association, Professional Association of Women in Science (PAWS), Society of Medical Professionals, Professional Association of Medical Laboratory Students, Association of Future Forensic Professionals

Professional placement

Government agencies such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and Natural Resource Agencies, Pharmaceutical corporations, Public and parochial school systems, Hospital, public health and research laboratories (100 percent employment rate for graduates of the clinical laboratory science program), Environmental consulting firms

Graduate schools

Ball State University, Clemson University, The Ohio State University, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of Indiana, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Washington University, University of Cincinnati