The Department of Biology prepares students in the principles, concepts, and methods of modern biology and develops analytical skills necessary for advanced study in a broad range of scientific and non-science disciplines.

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Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through fieldwork, research, and writing. Their research interests range from disease ecology, systems modeling, and genetics to embryology, and cancer immunology, and more. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Department Overview

One of the best ways to learn science is by doing it. The biology major at Oberlin has three learning goals.

  1. Students should have knowledge of key biological concepts and underlying fundamentals and should be able to apply these across all levels of organization.
  2. Students should have critical thinking and functional skills needed to carry out the scientific process from inception through communication of results.
  3. Students should have an understanding of the ways in which biology interrelates with other sciences, disciplines, and society. 

Whether you are a declared major or a science enthusiast, our flexible program meets the requirements of the biology major and has courses for those with a keen interest in the subject. Our program prepares students in the principles, concepts, and methods of modern biology and develops analytical skills necessary for advanced study in a broad range of scientific and non-science disciplines.

Many biology majors continue study and work in life sciences, including fundamental research and such applied fields as medicine, conservation biology, science writing, and teaching. A proper selection of biology and other science courses along with academic advising can prepare students for graduate study in a wide range of areas—from animal behavior, biochemistry, and ecology, to environmental sciences, genetic counseling, public health, systematics, and more.

Discover how to become a biology major at Oberlin: Biology Majors Guidebook.

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