Biology Fundamentals

Biology is the fastest-growing field of science today - its impact is carried to many fronts - medicine and health care; the environment and climate changes; global population and food sources. 

  • Core courses provide the fundamentals of modern biology (eg. principles of biology, evolution, ecology, cell and molecular biology, genetics)
  • You can earn a bachelor's of science degree with a major in biology or natural sciences, and within these programs you will be able to choose such courses as:
    • ecology and evolution
    • molecular biology
    • population biology
    • field ecology
    • advanced genetics
    • biology of behavior
    • comparative biomechanics
    • microbiology
    • animal physiology
    • aquatic biology
  • Your work within the Department of Biology can also serve as a cornerstone for earning a combined B.S./M.D. or B.S./M.S. degree.

Professional Preparation

Coursework will prepare you for professional schools, such as medical, dental, veterinary and pharmacy. In collaboration with our College of Education, our department can also prepare you to teach high school biology.

    Integrated Approach to Experimentation

    We cross traditional boundaries between subdisciplines, from the cellular to the ecosystem level. This cutting-edge approach to research also forms the basis for much of our teaching, as many courses offer hands-on training and a multidisciplinary methodology.

    Our Faculty 

    • are innovative and interactive in both the classroom and laboratory environment
    • have been recognized with numerous teaching awards
    • use multimedia technology and research experiences to enhance classroom learning

    Akron Advantage

    Hands-on Research

    The Department of Biology offers an array of research experiences.

    • live-animal facility and brand new teaching and research laboratories
    • molecular genetics facility, including an automated DNA sequencer and RealTime PCR
    • advanced microscopy suite
    • 400-acre nature preserve with a mixture of habitats

    Recent Placements Include:

    • EnviroScience Inc.
    • Ben Venue Laboratories
    • Battelle Memorial Institute
    • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
    • Ohio Nature Conservancy
    • Ohio Department of Natural Resources

    Biology Student Organizations

    Interact with other biology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

    • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
    • Biology Club
    • Future Physician’s Club

    Curriculum Guide

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    For More Information:

    Department of Biology

    Contact: Dr. Monte Turner

    Career Opportunities

    Degrees and Preparation

    A degree in biology paves the way to many careers in research and development, especially in such areas as medicine, health care and biotechnology. Entry-level positions in biology require at least a bachelor’s degree; research positions typically require an M.S. or Ph.D. degree.

    Possible positions with a bachelor's degree:

    • technical sales and service people, research assistants, laboratory technicians, or medical laboratory staff members
    • administrative and managerial positions with duties ranging from overseeing food and drug programs to directing activities at zoos
    • high school teaching

    Graduates with advanced degrees pursue careers as:

    • Physicians, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, or university professors and researchers

    Career Outlook

    • Opportunities are expected to grow for biologists, especially in drug research, development, testing and
      manufacturing industries.
    • Graduates with experience in industry through academic laboratories, internships, fellowships or
      co-ops stand out among job seekers.

    A&S Careers Program

    Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

    • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
    • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
    • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
    • department-specific mentoring arrangements.

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