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Professor Keith Tarvin and students meet at the beginning of winter term to prepare for their Squirrel Anti-Predator Study. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko
Program Overview


Program Type: Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Biology

One of the best ways to learn science is by doing it. Oberlin’s major in biology 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 biology majors a well-rounded and rigorous academic experience.

Why Study Biology at Oberlin?

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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 Faculty

Biology 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 include disease ecology, systems modeling, genetics, embryology, cancer immunology, and more.

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“A lot of biology faculty at a small school do a wide array of research. So incoming students can find all sorts of things to do, from molecular genetics, to behavior ecology and evolution, to conservation and applied ecology. Oberlin is nice because students have an opportunity to work with professors directly. All my students and I interact all the time, every day. Those opportunities abound at Oberlin.”

Keith Tarvin, Professor of Biology
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