STUDY THE SCIENCE OF LIFE
Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. As a freshman, you’ll work in the lab with real professors – not graduate assistants or lab instructors. Throughout your four years, you’ll design and conduct your own experiments, work on independent projects, and assist professors with grant-funded research. Most biology students present their research at regional and national conferences.
As a Biology major, you also have the option to choose a pre-professional track in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, pre-optometry, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary science, or pre-med. From the time you arrive on campus until you graduate, you’ll be guided by a faculty advisor. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your fellow biology majors. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, co-ops, post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond.
From field trips to the Metzger Nature Center to spending a semester studying abroad, from STEM outreach projects with local schoolchildren to heading up a student organization – the opportunities open to you are truly incredible!
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to make important scientific contributions. You’ll be armed with the knowledge, hands-on experience and critical thinking skills needed for success – no matter where your path leads you.
TAKE A ROAD TRIP
We don’t hole up in the classroom and lab. We get out in the field and get our hands dirty. The Metzger Nature Center offers the ideal spot. The 70-acre farm is nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscarawas County – 160 miles east of Ada. With forests, fields, natural streams and springs, and dissected sandstone gulleys, there’s plenty to uncover and study. Expect to spend some serious time at this cool location.
SCIENTISTS IN THE HOUSE
Every year, we bring renowned life science scholars to campus to share their discoveries – and their journeys – with students. Recent speakers for the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences have included Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer and explorer, and Dr. Sharon Norton, director of development for the Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition.
DR. CARLA KIM BS WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGICAL & ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES ’97
“The high-quality interaction with professors is what sets ONU apart. Professors really go above and beyond to give you experience, expose you to new things and help you determine your direction,” she says. “Today, I run my own research lab, and I find it so rewarding to work on important questions that impact human health. So many people aren’t happy in their careers – but I have yet to meet a scientist who doesn’t love what they do.”
Dr. Carla Kim, who graduated in 1997 and majored in biology, spends her days immersed in cutting-edge lung cancer research at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her lab, also part of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, studies how lung stem cells repair lung tissue and how stem cells are involved in lung cancer. As a biology major at ONU, Kim was involved in Student Senate and Greek life, and she assisted ONU professors with their research. She also spent a summer engaged in molecular biology research at the University of North Carolina. After ONU, she obtained her Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Kim has provided summer research opportunities in her lab to current ONU biology majors. In 2016, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Over the past five years, an average of 90+ percent of our biology majors were employed full-time in their field or enrolled in graduate school or medical school within six months of graduating.
- We consistently have biology students that score above the 90th percentile (better than 90% of all other students taking the test nationally) on the ETS Major Field Test in Biology. 25% of our seniors scored in the 90th + percentile this spring. This national exam is taken by graduating seniors to test their knowledge and application of biological concepts and principles.
You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn a BS with a major in Biology. The Biology degree is designed to give thorough coverage of the discipline and still allow time for electives in your favorite biology topics. A 2 semester capstone experience sequence in an area that matches your future career goals, prepares you to take your next steps as a professional biologist.
Some possible biology electives you may take include:
- Medical Physiology
- Environmental Issues
- Human Anatomy
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Research assistant
- Conservation scientist
- Medical and health services manager
- Genetic counselor
- Pharmaceutical representative
- Health educator
- University professor
- Research scientist
- High School Teacher
Check out where some of our recent biology graduates have attended graduate school: Vanderbilt University, University of Cincinnati Medical School, University of Kentucky, Ohio State University and Baylor College of Medicine.
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Ada, Ohio 45810