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 offered to suit your needs:

  • B.A. for students desiring a traditional liberal arts education or would like to double major in another discipline.
  • B.S. for students interested in pursuing an advanced degree or for students interested in applying to professional school (medical school, veterinary school, etc.).

5 core courses in diverse backgrounds for a strong foundation in biology:

  • Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Organisms and Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology

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.

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.
“During my time at Otterbein I completed a B.A. in Biology and a B.S. In Equine Pre Veterinary Studies along with a minor in Business Administration. I feel that each of those degrees prepared me well for my future. I have found that professional school, while uniquely challenging, has built off of the foundation of previous science classes and many of the experiences I was able to have at Otterbein. Specifically, my undergraduate honors thesis research project was extremely valuable in gaining admissions to graduate school.
“It has been eye opening to see how many of the things I learned in labs at Otterbein are directly applicable every day in the lab where I work. I believe that the combination of in-depth laboratory experiments with strong lecture courses made all the difference. What made the experience the most worthwhile, however, had to be the professors. I would not be where I am without their guidance and help throughout my education.”
“I think Otterbein has a wealth of professors that are invested in their students.  I always felt that if I was willing to put the work in that the professors would do their best to invest in me.  I am especially thankful for the way that professors cared about me and challenged me to go the extra mile. This includes ensuring that I would have adequate experience in the realm of research and academia.”
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 KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.

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