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The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Mount Union prepares students for internships, graduate study, and professional work in the field of biological sciences. Biology majors can choose from more than 30 different courses that focus on concepts such as the unity and diversity of life and ecology and evolution. In order to strengthen the skills that are critical to any student’s success, the biology program’s extensive coursework is complemented by a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities.

Biology Major Quick Facts

The biology degree requires 80 total credit hours of coursework with 48 taken in the major, and the remaining 32 taken to satisfy the University’s general education program, the Integrative Core. The Integrative Core emphasizes skills valued most by employers, helping students prepare for their careers.

Students additionally have many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, including:

  • Attending Tri-Beta NE4 District Convention, where students can present their undergraduate research
  • Work with faculty and other students to gather research in your field
  • Opportunities for internships to gain real-world experience
  • Laboratory experience and access to Mount Union’s Nature Center in many courses

Mount Union’s biology program is ranked #1 in Ohio, #8 in the Great Lakes region, and #37 in the nation as best value in College Factual’s 2018 rankings.


The diversity and depth of the biology major requirements will prepare you for internships, graduate study, and most importantly, professional work and an exciting career in the biological sciences. There are 30 different courses to choose from to fulfill your biology degree requirements. These courses explore the unity and diversity of life, concepts of chemistry, genetics and cell biology, and so much more. You will have the opportunity to choose between a variety of organismal biology courses, such as vertebrate zoology, as well as ecology and evolutionary courses, such as biology of marine organisms. The high-degree of hands-on experiments, depth of curriculum choices, close collaboration amongst peers and professors and applying classroom knowledge out in the field are complementary in achieving your biology major requirements.


Students majoring in biology will be able to: 

  • Understand and apply fundamental concepts in biology and related disciplines
  • Are proficient in the use of standard laboratory and field equipment/instrumentation
  • Analyze published scientific research in the biological sciences
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Perform experiments to test hypotheses, analyze data, and interpret significance of results
  • Possess advanced skills in particular fields of study within biology

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