Biology Overview

Graduates from the Biology Program have a wide variety of career opportunities available to them. Marygrove’s graduates are working as teachers, research assistants in hospitals and universities, doctors, dentists, college professors and supervisors in industry.

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.

College Professor  •  Dentist  •  Ecologist  •  Environmentalist  •  Food Scientist  •  High School Teacher  •  Laboratory Technician  •  Medical Doctor  •  Nurse  •  Paramedic  •  Physical Therapist  •  Pharmacist  •  Research Assistant  •  Sales Representative  •  Science Journalist                                        

The Department of Biology offers undergraduate programs for students interested in careers in teaching; research; graduate study; medical, dental and nursing schools; scientific illustration; technical writing; industrial technology; pharmaceutical work; the Peace Corps; natural resources; public health; and food and drug technology.

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 is designed to provide you with a broad-based biology curriculum. You will experience laboratory investigations and observations, field work, individual research projects with a faculty member, and preparation of library and laboratory research papers. Students can choose three different areas of concentration in pursuing the B.S in Biology:  a traditional Pre-professional Studies concentration, and Environmental Studies concentration, or a Secondary Teacher Certification concentration.

A minor in biology provides you with knowledge and skills to complement your major area of study-usually, but not limited to chemistry or mathematics-while expanding career options such as teaching.


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 128 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.


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