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Major

The biology major at Olivet College is designed to introduce you to the major aspects of modern biology and its applications. A broad range of dynamic courses are offered including basic biological principles, ecological and natural sciences, and medically oriented classes. As a biology major, you’ll participate in hands-on experiences both in the laboratory and in the field, and have the opportunity to work one-one-one with faculty on research and independent study projects. Course offerings are enhanced through use of the Kirkelldel Biological Preserve, a college-owned biological research station containing a wide variety of habitats, as well as a large collection of natural history specimens, including many fossils, rocks and minerals, mollusk shells, mammals, birds, numerous live animals and insects. The biology program provides a strong foundation for students interested in entering medical professional schools and graduate school, and serves individuals seeking certification in elementary or secondary teaching. It also is a major component of the environmental science major and minor. If you are interested in pursuing a professional degree in dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, medicine, or veterinary medicine, or graduate study you should meet with your academic advisor as soon as possible. There are specific courses required or recommended for admission to graduate or professional school, including organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics and specific electives applicable to the area you wish to pursue. The following is an overview of courses associated with our biology major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements for the 2018-19 academic year, please reference our academic catalog.

Minor

The following is an overview of courses associated with this minor. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements for the 2018-19 academic year, please reference our academic catalog.

Biology Major, Biomedical/Molecular Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in biomedical research, pharmacology, toxicology, molecular biology, genetics and related areas. Complementary minors include chemistry and environmental science.

The following is an overview of courses associated with this major and concentration. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements for the 2018-19 academic year, please reference our academic catalog.

Biology Major, Ecology and Organismal Concentration

This concentration is for students with interest in field biology, zoology, botany, ecology and related areas. Complementary minors include environmental science, chemistry, and biochemistry.

The following is an overview of courses associated with this major and concentration. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements for the 2018-19 academic year, please reference our academic catalog.

Biology Major, Premed Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in pursuing further education in human medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy or training as a physician’s assistant or other allied health fields. Complementary minors include chemistry, biochemistry, psychology and environmental science for those interested in environmental health.

The following is an overview of courses associated with this major and concentration. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements for the 2018-19 academic year, please reference our academic catalog.

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