Biology Major and Minor
Otterbein offers an exciting biology program that provides students with a strong foundation and prepares them for a wide variety of endeavors after graduation. Recent graduates have pursued careers in environmental science, field biology, genetic counseling, forensics, or in the biotechnology industry. Many of our students also go on to earn advanced degrees from graduate or professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary). Our department also supports course offerings in the new Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major.
As a Biology major at Otterbein, you will receive broad training in the foundations of biology followed by the opportunity to take specialized courses in more advanced fields. You will take classes from dedicated, enthusiastic professors who have either a Ph.D. or an M.D. They are gifted teachers, and many have received grants from the National Science Foundation to support their innovative teaching initiatives. You will work closely with your professors in small classes and have access to state of the art equipment in our new laboratories inside our recently opened Science Building. There is no doubt you will come to love our new modern science facility. Your biology education at Otterbein will also be strongly shaped by your experiences outside the classroom. Perhaps it will be with one of our professors in a field course to local streams or on one of the international trips that the faculty regularly lead to more exotic locations such as Belize, Costa Rica, and Africa.
You will also be encouraged to pursue internship and research projects while at Otterbein. Students have conducted internships with park naturalists, genetic counselors, physical therapists, veterinarians, and the Columbus Zoo. Students may also collaborate with professors out of the traditional classroom on an advanced research project. Recent student research projects have investigated sea turtle nesting ecology, arsenic accumulation in ferns, equine diseases and genetics, coral reef bioerosion, endangered mussels, and extremophile bacteria, just to name a few. These experiences are often pivotal in transforming our students into scientists and sets the Otterbein graduate apart from the rest.