As a molecular biology major at ONU, you’ll map genes using fruit flies (as part of an NSF-funded multi-institution course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE)), test the ability of chemicals to mutate DNA, and clone genes. In your coursework, you will explore breakthroughs in DNA sequencing, gene editing technologies and debate the ethical and social issues involved.

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. As a freshman, you’ll be in the lab working 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 molecular biology students present their research at regional and national conferences. 

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 molecular biology majors. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, co-ops, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond.

From co-authoring a paper to spending a semester studying abroad, from presenting your research at a national conference 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 career path leads you.