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With a Biology degree from Mount Aloysius College your career options are exciting, varied and compelling. You may want to teach, delve into research, study medicine, dentistry or other areas of the health sciences.

Your professors are scientists who take you from concept to application by being supportive and accessible. Biology students have opportunities to immerse themselves in research in the lab and in the field, participate in internships, and apply classroom concepts directly to the natural world.

Mount Aloysius College Biology students have many doors opened for them from teaching about changing ecosystems, to exploring the dynamics of a living cell, to applying medical care to patients in need. Mount Aloysius graduates are doing it all right now. Bring your passion.

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Program Highlights

  • Growing job-market
  • Multitude of career paths
  • Research-based and hands-on learning

  • Minor Available

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As a biology graduate, your potential career choices are endless and include:

  • Research
  • Medicine and Other Areas of Healthcare
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Education
  • Forensic Science

Research enables you to learn hands-on skills, answer scientific questions, and fulfill the scientific method.

  • Do you want to identify diatoms in Abandoned Mine Drainage? We’ve got it!
  • Want to measure the bone size of dinosaur fossils? We’ve got it!
  • Want to understand the role of proteins in human placenta? We’ve got it!

Research is a rewarding part of your undergraduate degree.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the following employment growth from 2014-2024:

  • Physicians/Surgeon employment rate will grow by 14% with a median pay of $208,000.
  • Zoologists/Wildlife Biologists employment rate will grow by 4% with a median pay of $60,520.
  • Environmental Scientists employment rate will grow by 11% with a median pay of $68,910.
  • Biological Technicians employment rate will grow by 10% with a median pay of $42,520.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Biology major at Mount Aloysius College prepares students to enter careers in biology or to pursue graduate or professional education with a foundation in the liberal arts. The goals of the program include:

  • Scientific Method – Students will be able to effectively define and use the scientific method to answer biological questions;
  • Reasoning and Analysis – Students will be able to critically analyze scientific data and its interpretation both in the literature and in their own experimental work;
  • Core Biological Knowledge – Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of core biological subjects with additional proficiency related to their chosen specialization;
  • Research Skills – Students will be able to identify and utilize appropriate resources for both primary and secondary research. In addition, students will be able to identify and utilize the appropriate experimental design, methodology, and equipment to conduct field and laboratory research in an ethically sound manner; and
  • Communication Skills: Students will be able to organize and express scientific knowledge and their own ideas clearly and coherently both in written and oral formats.

Mount Aloysius College Biology students may aspire to become a physician, surgeon or other medical professional–advancing their education by attending medical school or studying in another health-oriented graduate program. The Mount Aloysius Biology Department also prepares students for a variety of health professions including physician assistants, physical therapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists and other professional occupations in healthcare. Students typically complete a four-year degree at Mount Aloysius College in Biology and then take the appropriate entrance exam (MCAT, GRE, etc) for their chosen field. A Mount Aloysius advisor assists students in the application process and helps them stay on track to reach their goals.

Mount Aloysius College has three articulation agreements with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) for Dental Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacy. Students may also have the opportunity to apply for the LECOM Early Acceptance Program. This enables them to apply to LECOM once they have been accepted at Mount Aloysius College and, if successful, gain a conditional early acceptance letter for their graduate studies.

Learn more about the cooperative programs by visiting the pages below.

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A New Look for Science

Pierce Hall has new labs and a new look, and students are loving it.

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Biology & The Living Classroom

Mount Aloysius believes there’s a time for learning in the classroom and a time for learning with your hands and gaining real-world experience.

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Ready for Pharmacy

Amanda, ‘18, feels her success is because of her experiences at MAC.

Watch Dr. John Whitlock, a professor in the science and mathematics department, discuss sauropods.

Watch a video with alum Zara Apakoh talking about the biology program.

Watch a video with Dr. Laura Michaels, a professor in the science and mathematics department, talking about the basic brain regions and their functions.

Watch a video with alum Patrick McKee talking about learning sustainability at the Mount.

Watch a video with Dr. Merrilee Anderson, a professor in the science and mathematics department, talking about the living classroom.

Watch a video with Dr. John Whitlock, a professor in the science and mathematics department, talking about new biology opportunities at the Mount.

Student Voices & Success Stories

  • Kris Hansen, ‘09, currently furthering his education at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Patrick McKee, ‘11, is a Sustainability Manager and works as adjunct faculty at Eastern Kentucky University.
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The faculty are really involved in your progress and development as a person, and not just as a biologist.

Zara Apakoh
Class of 2017
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