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Biology Overview

Graduates from the Biology Program have a wide variety of career opportunities available to them. Marygrove’s graduates in biology are particularly well-suited to work in research, healthcare, conservation, education, biotechnology, forensic science, government and policy, business and industry, economics, science publishing and communication.

Our graduates have stated that the strong background in biology, library and laboratory research experiences; oral and writing communication skills requirements; and computer literacy training provided them with the tools to become successful leaders in their chosen fields.

Healthcare: physician, veterinarian, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist

Allied Health: physical therapist, nurse, physician assistant, pharmacist, dietician, clinical lab scientist, genetic counselor

Math/Engineering: bioinformatics, epidemiologist, nanotechnologist, biomechanical engineer

Industry: pharmaceutical researcher, food safety, drug testing/ quality control, sales representative, journalist

Animal Care & Research: zookeeper, marine biologist, wildlife and fisheries

Legal: bioethicist, forensic scientist, biotechnology patent law

Artistic: medical illustrator, bio-animator, molecular visualization

Environmental: conservation biologist, environmental scientist, agricultural scientist, forestry

Plant biology: botanist, horticulture, landscaping, ethnobotanist

Education: biology teacher, college professor, science consultant

Government: national health (FDA, CDC), city/community health official; Peace Corps

As a student in the biology department, you will take courses in organismal and molecular biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. You will be prepared professionally and academically, and your course work will be practical, comprehensive and specialized.

The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Biology will provide you with an enriching life science curriculum. Foundational courses are designed to establish a broad base of study while offering opportunities to pursue specific interests in greater depth through three concentration areas: a Traditional concentration, an Environmental Studies concentration, or a Secondary Teacher Certification concentration. Regardless of the concentration you choose, you will experience inquiry- and project-based learning through laboratory investigations, field work, and research projects.

Students who have an interest in biology but do not have enough time to complete the major may wish to consider a minor in Biology. A biology minor provides you with knowledge and skills to complement your major area of study while expanding your career options.

Program Scheduling

The B.S. in Biology program is primarily a day program, although some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.

Transfer Student Information
The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines.  However, major coursework older than 10 years, from time of admittance, will be transferred in as elective credit and may not be applied to the major. Students may petition to the department chair for the older credits to be applied towards the major.

Credit for Prior Learning
Learning derived from life experiences and from individual study is of significant academic value and can often be equated with college-level studies.  Students may earn credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experience. Permission of the department chair is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 120 credit hours required for a degree.

Academic Performance Standard
Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Biology major or minor.

Computer Literacy Requirement
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) must be achieved prior to graduation. Students’ computer literacy will be evaluated and assessed through the Junior and Senior seminar course sequence.

Writing Intensive Requirement
All science majors must take ISC 312: Junior Seminar as their writing intensive course.  

Senior Seminar Requirement
Students must successfully complete ISC 496A and ISC 496B in order to graduate with a B.S. in Biology.

Internship/Cooperative Education
It is strongly encouraged that students participate in a summer undergraduate research experience either with a Marygrove College faculty member, or by securing an off-campus internship or fellowship before they graduate.  Students may receive elective credit for an internship through BIO 388, BIO 488, and/or BIO 491.

Sigma Zeta National Honor Society
Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society.  It was founded at Shurtleff College, in Alton, Illinois in 1926.  Today, more than sixty local chapters are active in colleges and universities across the United States.  The society encourages and fosters achievement of greater knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics.  Outstanding scholastic achievement in the fields is recognized through membership in this society.

Students may be eligible to win the following departmental awards based on their scholarly work. The awards are the Chemical Rubber Company Award for the highest achieving GPA in General Chemistry I/II, and the Outstanding Graduating Science Major.  Women in the sciences are also eligible for the Suzanne Fleming Scholarship.  This scholarship is given to a woman who demonstrates financial need, potential in science and on their scholarly work.