B.A. or B.S. in Biology
A major in biology provides a strong foundation and maximizes student choice to prepare you for your future.
Two degrees and a minor offered to suit your needs:
- B.A. for students desiring a traditional liberal arts education or would like to double major in another discipline. See our suggested program of study for the B.A. (PDF) for more information.
- B.S. for students interested in pursuing an advanced degree or for students interested in applying to professional school (medical school, veterinary school, etc.). See our suggested program of study for the B.S. (PDF).
- A Biology minor allows students to build, broaden, or demonstrate science credentials on their academic transcript. See our minors program page to learn more.
5 core courses in diverse backgrounds for a strong foundation in biology:
- Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology
- Introduction to Organisms and Ecology
- Cell Biology
Wide selection of upper level courses to tailor your own degree.
Flexibility to double major or add a minor in another discipline.
Hands-on experiential learning in updated labs with modern equipment.
Small class sizes.
Dedicated and knowledgeable instructors will guide you on your path.
- All have a PhD or MD degree
- Expertise in diverse scientific disciplines.
- Otterbein University has a 12:1 faculty to student ratio
On your academic journey –
- You have the ability to design and conduct an independent research project with faculty members.
- You can embark on immersive field courses and learning experiences outside of the classroom.
Suggested Courses of Study
|Student Learning Outcomes||University Learning Goals (KMERI*)|
|Students will be able to define and explain major concepts in the fields of Biology and/or Earth Science.||Knowledgeable, Multi-literate, Responsible, Inquisitive|
|Students will be able to effectively express scientific concepts or results in oral and written forms.||Knowledgeable, Multi-literate, Engaged, Responsible, Inquisitive|
|Students will be able to think critically and solve problems by employing the scientific method.||Knowledgeable, Engaged, Inquisitive|
|Students will develop laboratory and research skills.||Knowledgeable, Multi-literate, Engaged, Inquisitive|
|Students will be able to work cooperatively while simultaneously becoming strong independent learners.||Knowledgeable, Engaged, Inquisitive|
*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for Knowledgeable, Multi-literate, Engaged, Responsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.