Whatever your scientific interests, be ready to hit the ground running in the Department of Biology and Earth Science.
Department of Biology & Earth Science
Be ready to hit the ground running in the Biology and Earth Science department! We offer a rigorous curriculum that provides a strong foundation in the sciences, while preparing students for a variety of exciting postgraduate endeavors, including employment and graduate or professional school. From the very first year, students are actively engaged in the classroom, laboratory, and field as they take classes in each of the diverse areas offered by the department:
- Biology: The exploration of life
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Understanding how organisms, cells, and molecules function at the molecular level
- Environmental Science: Science for tackling today’s environmental issues
- Zoo & Conservation Science: Animal Husbandry, Rehabilitation, and Conservation
- Pre-Professional Health Studies: Preparation for Medical, Dental, Veterinary, and other professional schools
- Science Education Teacher Licenses: in partnership with the Otterbein Education Department.
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Student, Faculty, & Alumni Spotlights
Dr. Bennett has been very important in shaping my academic experience — the opportunity to join her lab, help with the path to medical school and she helped me get a poster presentation accepted at the ASM Microbe conference.
John Peck ‘21
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
John’s learned that “no task is too great if you’re willing to work hard and surround yourself with the right people.
Otterbein has not only prepared me academically for the rigor of medical school, but has taught and stretched me in what is more important than a GPA: service. Otterbein has given me tools to meet people where they are.
Megan McClain ’21
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Calling Otterbein a safe and supportive environment, Megan says “Otterbein focuses on not just making a great student, but a great person.
Otterbein is preparing me to take my next steps by providing me with world-class internship opportunities that are furthering my career in meaningful ways. Only at Otterbein have I been able to branch out from my major with the flexibility to discover and explore new passions.
Aidan Tansey ’22
Zoo & Conservation Science
Aidan says Otterbein’s real world skills, professional experiences and networking opportunities make it hard to imagine going anywhere else.
The support from faculty, my peers, and the university has given me the confidence to travel to places ranging from Thailand to North Dakota to develop my career while working to solve real-world problems.
Abbey Dunn ’19
Biology, Environmental Science, Zoo & Conservation Science Triple Major
Otterbein has helped me grow into the young professional I am today. I am so grateful to call Otterbein my alma mater!
You will have the opportunity to join research projects as early as your first year at Otterbein and may also present your work at a national conference or publish it in a peer-reviewed journal.
WE ARE developing a new generation of STEM Scholars.
Mindful connections in a community of Otterbein peers and integrative studies fostered Mina Makary’s creative growth by teaching him different ways to think. Dr. Makary continues to honor what he learned at Otterbein by utilizing “outside of the box” thinking and creative skills as an interventional radiologist, where medical imaging is used to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures that diagnose, treat and cure many kinds of conditions.
Mina Makary ’09, MD, DABR
I really value the close, personal relationships that I’m able to have with my students. A critical aspect of my teaching happens outside the classroom when I collaboratively work with students both in the lab and field on undergraduate theses.
Dr. Sarah Bouchard, Professor
2020 Otterbein Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Professor Casey J. Tucker for receiving the 2020 Teaching in General Education award at Otterbein University.
Dr. Casey J. Tucker, Adjunct Faculty
Department Features & Student Opportunities
News - August 15, 2022The Ohio EPA recently announced the recipients of their 2022 Environmental Scholarship Winners, and out of nine recipients, two were from Otterbein University: Katie Kirk ’23 and Hanna Sturgeon ’23. Students were selected based on academic performance, as well as research, employment/internships, leadership, letters of recommendation from education or environmental professionals, and other specified criteria. “By investing in these environmental scholars today, we are actually investing in protecting the environment far into the future,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A.…
Biology and Earth Science Professor Hosts Middle School Students in Her Lab to Encourage Mentorship and Outreach
News - July 28, 2022By Kailey Mishler ’24 Associate Professor Jennifer Bennett has been teaming up with her students in the Department of Biology and Earth Science to help local middle school students on their science fair projects. Over the past few years middle schoolers have been reaching out to Bennett for help on their projects. “It’s really just on demand. If a student is interested in doing a science fair project, they might reach out to me. I have a bunch of students…
News - July 22, 2022By Catie Duzzny ’21, MBA ’23 Biology and Earth Science students worked with skeletons in a unique course offered for the first time in spring 2022 by Associate Professor Andrew Calinger-Yoak. “Many of my students are zoo majors so a few semesters ago I had a few students come in and do a class with cleaning animal skeletons to see if there was any interest. There ended up being a lot of interest, enough to try it as an experimental…
Programs of Study in Biology & Earth Science
Science Center 236
155 W. Main St
Westerville, OH 43081
“Otterbein is so much more than the place where I received an education. It was there where I found a community that accepted me, friends that became family, and professors that inspired me to attend graduate school. I found myself at Otterbein, and that made all the difference.”