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In addition to a liberal arts core curriculum, Biology majors prepare for careers and graduate school with a selection of in-depth courses taught by skilled faculty.
Requirements for a major in Biology.
Requirements for a minor in Biology.
Student Success
of Marietta College graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation
of students have the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member
is the national average for mid-career salary for Biology graduates
Professor Jeremy May points to a screen while teaching Marietta College Biology majors.
A student walks past the snow covered entrance to Rickey Science Center
A Biology major takes notes during class
Professor Katy Lustofin prepares a microscope slide in the biology lab in Rickey Science Center at Marietta College

What You'll Learn

At Marietta, students enter the lab to address complex questions from their first introductory courses. Biology majors have opportunities like field research in Costa Rica, service learning at the local humane society, attending physician rounds at Marietta Memorial Hospital, presenting at the Ohio Natural History Conference, and camping with the Biology Club. The hands-on experience students gain, combined with the breadth of the liberal arts core curriculum, will prepare students for graduate school or immediate entry into a career as a lab technician, medical sales manager, health educator, and more.

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An undergraduate degree in Biology from Marietta offers diverse career opportunities and also is excellent preparation for graduate or professional school. The increased interest in biotechnology and synthetic biology offers career opportunities unheard of just a decade ago.


Outcomes — Graduate Programs
  • Marshall University — Medical School
  • Miami University — M.S. in Zoology
  • Xavier University — M.Ed. in Educational Administration
  • Brown University — M.S. in Environmental Science
  • San Diego State University — Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology
Outcomes — Internships
  • Marietta Memorial Hospital (Marietta, Ohio)
  • National Aquarium (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Smithsonian National Zoo (Washington, D.C.)
  • Ohio Valley Veterinary Hospital (Marietta, Ohio)
  • German Leprosy Hospital (India)
  • Sea World (Orlando, Florida)
Outcomes — Professions
  • Physician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Attorney
  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Forester
  • Teacher
  • Veterinarian
  • Dentist



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Does the department accept AP credit toward the major?

The department recognizes the accomplishments of students who have AP credit in biology. Any student who scores a 4 in AP Biology will get credit for BIOL 100C.

Will Biology majors learn by using a human cadaver?

Yes. To graduate, Biology majors must pass Biology 401: Advanced Human Anatomy, which includes a human cadaver in the lab.

Will I be required to complete an internship to graduate?

No, but we encourage all Biology students to explore the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program through the National Sciences Foundation (NSF). The staff in our Career Center are here to help you explore these opportunities, as well as our faculty.

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