All biology students take a core of 6 courses that prepare them to take the MCAT and Graduate Record exams. The core courses include the study of zoology, botany, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, evolution, and ecology.
A biology degree prepares students for a pre-professional program when they graduate. Biology plays an important role in programs such as:
- physician assistant
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- veterinary school
Our faculty help students prepare to achieve their goals through a one-on-one advising process. Our alumni have been accepted to a wide range of professional schools and are successful in their chosen professions.
Students gain experience in the laboratory by performing molecular techniques like:
- DNA and protein gel electrophoresis
- DNA and protein purification
- gene cloning
Students also work with fruit fly genetics, bacterial mutagenesis, enzyme assays, and various types of chromatography. We offer opportunities for independent research projects as well as advanced course options.
Students have hands-on experience testing the water quality of the White River, using both a macroinvertebrate assay and a chemical monitoring assay. They also visit unique habitats in Indiana like a sedge meadow fen, the highest quality remaining wetland in the state of Indiana. Students visit the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago while some students take their biology electives at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies where they practice hands-on skills in the areas of ecology and conservation.
Students complete both the biology major and secondary education teacher certification in four years in the TeachScience program. Students have the same experiences as all biology majors in addition to experiences in the middle school and high school classrooms. Working with the AU School of Education faculty, students will be observing in the classroom during their sophomore and junior years in preparation for student teaching during their senior year. Graduates of the program have found success in both middle school and high school classrooms.