At A Glance

Biology is the study of life, from the simplest forms of plants and animals to the highly complex structure of the human being. The field of biology seeks to better understand how organisms develop, function, and interact with each other and the environment.

Major

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
    Bachelor of Science in Biology

Minor 

  • Biology

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Biologists study the evolution of life, which connects molecules to cells, tissues to systems, and organisms to ecosystems, through the unbroken chain of ancestors to descendants.

The biology curriculum at Carthage will prepare you for academic and industrial research positions, graduate study in fields from conservation to molecular genetics, and entry into health careers.

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Early and Independent Research Experience

All freshman biology students gain authentic research experience in introductory courses, and agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and NASA support other ongoing experiments. Research is further ingrained through the required senior thesis and the paid Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. Carthage biology students are also competitive for research positions in laboratories abroad and prestigious Fulbright fellowships.

 

Recent student research projects have made discoveries in such fields as molecular biology, cancer biology, space biology, human physiology, ecology, and paleontology. Students work with faculty mentorship on their own or in a small group, designing experiments, collect and analyze data, and make important contributions to science. Student researchers present research results at a campus seminar, and many choose to share their findings at a regional or national scientific conference and prepare manuscripts for publication in disciplinary journals.

 

Beyond the Classroom

Student organizations such as Beta Beta Beta honor society, Pre-Health Club, and Carthage United to Rescue the Earth (CURE) are popular among these majors.

On faculty-led J-Term study tours, you can assist with medical care or water quality in Nicaragua or hunt for dinosaur fossils with a renowned paleontologist in Montana. Other recent study tours have taken students to learn about the life of places such as Arizona, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.
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Special Academic Options

PRE-HEALTH

Aspiring healthcare professionals consult frequently with a faculty coordinator to select courses that match their abilities and goals. Carthage pre-health students can apply for early admission to the medical or dental program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and, in some cases, to bypass the entrance exam.
Learn more about Pre-Health at Carthage

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Motivated students can shorten their educational route by a full year in this dual-degree program with Washington University in St. Louis.
Learn more about Occupational Therapy at Carthage