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The first student to finish at Martin with a degree in biology graduated in 2002. From the beginning, we have provided graduates with a broad base of knowledge in biology, connecting their Martin education with the outside world, and preparing them for career opportunities and graduate school.
To graduate with the B.A. or B.S. degree in four years, you should start the courses for the biology major no later than your sophomore year. A year of general biology followed by four required biology classes (Ecology, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Plant Diversity) form the core of the program. You will also choose from a large selection of elective courses, including microbiology, anatomy and physiology, parasitology, immunology, embryology, invertebrate zoology, bioethics, biochemistry and more. In addition, you will be required to take Introduction to Philosophy, Precalculus, and two years of chemistry.
How you will Benefit from this Program
Students acquire a broad base of knowledge in the life sciences, learn current ideas in Ecology, Genetics, Cell Biology, and a variety of other special areas, and get valuable preparation for jobs or further schooling.
Biology majors learn to develop and test hypotheses, collect and analyze data and to present the results. They also learn a variety of laboratory skills such as the preparation of chemical solutions, dissection, chromatography, electrophoresis, and DNA isolation and amplification. Furthermore, they acquire an understanding of cell structure, metabolism, heredity, ecology, evolution, and the phylogenetic relationships among the major taxa of organisms.
Quality, Convenience & Growth Potential
Our majors develop a deeper understanding of life processes. They develop critical thinking, and an understanding of the importance of biology to real-world current events. Many of our students find the biology program helps them to identify their career interests and prepares them for their future.
Graduates from Martin’s biology program have followed such diverse career paths as pharmacy school, high school biology teaching, and environmental chemistry. Others have gone on to study fish biology, forensics, and dentistry. For those interested in the health sciences, Martin offers all the courses necessary to prepare for medical and veterinary schools and many other health-related programs. Whether you enjoy laboratory research or counseling, working with people, plants, animals, or microbes, or working outdoors or indoors, there are many careers to choose from that you may successfully start with a biology degree.
- Learn to develop and test hypotheses, collect and analyze data and to present the results.
- Demonstrate an understanding of cell structure and the fundamentals of metabolism.
- Learn to relate the structure and function of DNA and RNA to development of an organism and to heredity.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ecology, the structures of ecosystems, and the impact of humans on ecosystems.
- Describe the fundamentals of the evolutionary processes that lead to the diversity of organisms.
- Explain the phylogenetic relationships among the major taxa of organisms.
- Learn a variety of laboratory skills such as the preparation of chemical solutions, dissection, chromatography,electrophoresis, and DNA isolation and amplification.