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Hands-on learning in the laboratory is at the heart of our broad-based biology major, which is designed to prepare you to excel in graduate and professional school, teaching biology and immediately entering a science-related industry. You will graduate from our program with a major research experience, which is rare on the undergraduate level. This, along with such unique courses as bioethics, is especially impressive when you apply for graduate and professional school or enter the job market.

You will gain practical experience independently using a wide range of molecular and DNA instrumentation in the laboratory setting. Also, engaging in internships, learning how to interpret and analyze complex problems, and presenting research at scholarly conferences will all serve to enhance your knowledge, skills and marketability.

Environmental science studies the ways in which humans interact with the Earth, while health science is the concentration designed for students who aspire to enter allied health fields. Life science is preferred for those interested in becoming professional biologists or pursuing medical, dentistry or veterinary fields.

In labs, the classroom and through advising, our faculty members — all of whom have Ph.D.s — serve as mentors and your partners in education. They are committed to your success by helping provide you with a transforming experience, which is designed to serve as a foundation for making your career aspirations come true. Biology classes and labs are held in our new Center for the Sciences & Agriculture.


Major Concentrations

Biotechnology Environmental Science
Health Sciences Life Sciences

Environmental Science Concentration

Environmental-ScienceProfessionals in the relatively new field of Environmental Science study the ways in which humans interact with and affect the living and non-living components of the Earth. It’s a growing profession with a bright future for those interested in working in everything from sustainability and pollution to conservation and resource management.

As a student in the program, you will take the core biology curriculum along with specialty courses offered in environmental science. Its problem-based exercises are designed for students working collaboratively and thinking critically.

Your knowledge base obtained in the classroom is complemented by the hands-on learning opportunities found in laboratory and field experiences, including an excursion to Costa Rica.

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Why Biology?

If you want to be a scientist who studies biological systems, then Biology is clearly the major for you. But if you want to become a doctor, veterinarian, physical therapist or other type of health-care professional then Biology might not be such an obvious choice.

Let’s look at some facts.

  • The American Association of Colleges of Medicine reports that in 2012, 51% of successful applicants to medical school had completed a bachelor’s degree in a biological science.
  • Seven of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s prerequisite courses are Biology courses. Other vet schools around the country have similar requirements.
  • Biology courses are required for admission into dental schools, physical therapy training programs and a host of other Allied Health professions.
  • A Bachelors’s degree in Biology is the natural entry point to the advanced degree programs that train individuals to be leading biological and biomedical researchers.
  • People with Bachelor’s degrees in Biology can also get jobs right out of college, no additional schooling required.

“As a senior biology major, I am confident the College has prepared me well for career success in the field of veterinary medicine because not only have I been challenged to succeed by my classes and professors, but I have gained valuable hands-on knowledge from my labs and my research. Wilmington College has given me so many opportunities that have helped prepare me for my future educational endeavors.”

Anna Heineke