Biology (and Pre-Med)

Biology Fundamentals

Biology lab at The University of AkronBiology 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 (e.g., 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:
    • pre-med track
    • human anatomy
    • neurobiology
    • biomimicry
    • microbiology
    • ecology and evolution
    • molecular biology
    • field ecology
    • genetics
    • biology of behavior
    • comparative biomechanics
    • animal physiology
    • aquatic biology
  • Your work within the Department of Biology can also serve as a cornerstone for our B.S./M.S. degree or our new Early Assurance Pathway with Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Professional Preparation

Coursework will prepare you for professional schools, such as medical, dental, veterinary and pharmacy. We have several partnerships with local medical, pharmacy and osteopathy programs that can be found on our Partnerships web page. In collaboration with our LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, our department can also prepare you to teach high school biology.

    Integrated Approach to Experimentation

    We cross boundaries between traditional disciplines, from the cellular to the ecosystem level, and our Integrated Bioscience and Biomimicry programs underscore our broad approach to the study of biology. Through these programs, our students examine bio-based problems using techniques and ideas drawn from chemistry, engineering, geosciences, computer science and more. 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, inquiry-based teaching 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 new teaching and research laboratories
    • molecular genetics facility
    • advanced microscopy suite
    • 400-acre nature preserve and field station with a mixture of habitats

    Recent Placements Include:

    Biology Student Organizations

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

    • Phi Delta Epsilon (Pre-med Fraternity)
    • Pre-Dental Club
    • Neuroscience Club
    • Pre-Optometry Club
    • Pre-Pharmacy Society
    • Pre-Vet Club

    For more information on biology clubs and organizations, see our Biology Clubs web page.


    Sample Curriculum


    Undergraduate Biology Courses

    See a list of all undergraduate biology courses offered at the University of Akron.


    Research and Writing

    The University Libraries and the Biology Research Guide. For assistance with the library’s resources for biological sciences research, contact Marilia Antunez (mantunez@uakron.edu, 330-972-6262).


    Biology clubs

    We offer six biology-related students organizations and clubs