Biology and creative writing major Cameron Moss '19 prepares to use biochemical tools to determine the DNA sequences of plants growing in the Desert Southwest in order to understand their evolutionary history. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

One of the best ways to learn science is by doing it. Oberlin’s biology program teaches students essential concepts and methods of the biological sciences; increases their abilities to apply and evaluate scientific methods; and demonstrates to them how biology interacts with other sciences and to the problems associated with social, cultural, and intellectual issues. Traditional lecture-based instruction, hands-on learning, and field excursions give students a well-rounded and rigorous academic experience.

Program Director

Keith Tarvin

Professor of Biology
Department Affiliation

Twila Colley

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8315

Why Study Biology at Oberlin?

Local Research Sites
Department Faculty
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • BIOL 200 - Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology 4 credits
  • BIOL 301 - Developmental Biology 4 credits
  • BIOL 308 - Disease Ecology 4 credits
  • BIOL 307 - Microbiology 4 credits

Biology News

College Awards First-Ever Nexial Prize

April 13, 2017
Senior Adam Chazin-Gray will receive $50,000 to use toward research and graduate studies in climatology, microbiology, and public health.