Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minor in Biology

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Office of Admission 800-331-7896

To inquire about this program, contact:
Dr. David Brown

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The Department of Biology and Environmental Science will prepare students majoring in Biology, Environmental Science, Health Science, and Biochemistry for the graduate programs and careers in the discipline of their choosing.

The curriculum is built on an investigative model of science education, whereby students are shown how to use scientific methodology to address complex questions beginning in Intro level courses. The curriculum stresses competence in the scientific method, scientific writing, and information retrieval and analysis, to best prepare students for careers in any field of biology they wish to pursue. We strive to combine the breadth of the liberal arts core curriculum with the depth of the biology courses, and add to the mix as much hands-on experience as a student wishes to do.

The biology major culminates with a capstone experience, where students design, execute and present either a hands-on research project or a critical review of the scientific literature to answer a basic question. Both experiences are modeled on the graduate level thesis and are designed to better prepare students for graduate education in biology. The best capstone research projects have been presented at state, national or international scientific conferences.

You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for microbiology, anatomy cell biology, molecular biology and other fields. The program is housed in the Rickey Science Center, which also provides student-faculty research areas, several computer labs, GIS mapping facility, a rooftop greenhouse, animal quarters, and student lounges.


The brand new Rickey Science Center, the Bartlett Biology Building, and the Selby Chemistry Building house many state-of-the-art lab facilities, including cell biology, microbiology, anatomy, zoology, and botany labs. Many of the labs and classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art projection systems, capable of projecting videos, overheads, power point presentations, or even actual specimens, such as bones or botanical material.

The Student Research Lab, located in the Rickey Science Center, provides access to fully networked research microscopes and digital cameras, as well as other graphics equipment, a UV spectrophotometer, refrigerated ultracentrifuge, freezers, and a CO2 incubator. There is also a new animal care facility in the basement of Rickey.

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The Biology Major includes such required courses as:

  • Modern Biology
  • Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology Laboratory I and II

One course in each of the following areas:

  • Cellular
  • Plant
  • Animal
  • Integrative
  • Internship or Tutorship

Senior Capstone: Hands-on Research or Literature Research Project.

Other Requirements

  • Introduction to Chemistry, Lecture and Lab
  • 1 semester of Organic Chemistry
  • Statistics

Requirements for a Minor
Biology 101, 105, 106, 131, 133 and 11 hours of Biology electives.

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David Brown

Tanya Jarrell

Katrina Lustofin

David McShaffrey

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To further enrich your education, you’ll have the chance to work in research facilities, participate in the “rounds program at Marietta Memorial Hospital, conduct field studies at local forests and streams, and perform hands-on research with faculty. You will have the opportunities to use the techniques and technologies that will enrich your education and prepare you for your future career.

Clubs & Organizations

Health Professionals Club, assists students in the decision to choose an occupation in the field of healthcare. The club also provides healthcare support to students and employees of Marietta College and the people in the surrounding community.

Beta Beta Beta, national biological society, was founded in 1922. The Iota chapter, the sixth oldest of more than 250 active chapters, was installed at Marietta in 1926. Students selected for membership must have Junior status and meet the certain scholastic standards. The organization promotes sound scholarship, dissemination of scientific truth, and research.

Field Studies

You will have the opportunity to extend you education to distant learning sites. Recent trips have gone to Costa Rica to study tropical biology and to the Utah desert to study desert biology and dig dinosaurs.

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Ami Casis '08

Monica Dimick '12

Keira Hambrick '09

Jessica Mcdaniel '08

Malisa Spring '14

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The Eggleston-Ruby Prize is given at Commencement annually to the member of the graduating class who field of interest is biology, and who in the judgment of the faculty of the department, has done the most meritorious work in biology.

The Hal H. Lloyd Science Scholarship is awarded to science majors in the sophomore through senior classes who need financial assistance.

The Eggleston-Ekas Scholarship assists students studying biology, chemistry, or petroleum engineering.

The David F. Young Alumni Scholarship goes to a student chosen by the Department of Biology and the Office of Financial Aid, who has completed his or her junior year and demonstrates devotion and enthusiasm for the study of biology.

The Edward B. Ruby Scholarship is awarded to deserving students in biology who have completed a full year at Marietta.

The Alan C. Hall Memorial Fund provides scholarship help to upperclass students, preferably seniors, intending to study medicine.

The J. Robert McConnell and Abigail Welch McConnell Scholarship provides aid to qualified students, with a preference given to pre-medical students.