Bachelor of Science
Be on the edge of biological research, prepare to attend medical, dental or veterinary school – all with the biology program at Tiffin University.
Tiffin University’s biology program teaches students how to read and interpret scientific research as well as develop and carry out their own research. The program also provides students with the foundational coursework needed to pursue medical-related studies after graduation including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary and pre-dental.
TU’s biology curriculum prepares students for the future with courses that cover biological and biochemical foundations of living systems (anatomy and physiology, developmental biology, cellular and molecular biology); chemical and physical foundations of biological systems (organic and biochemistry); psychological, social and biological foundations of behavior (animal behavior, introduction to psychology) and critical analysis and reasoning skills. These classes not only prepare students for a career in biology, but also for graduate school entrance exams like the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
Preparing You for the Real World
Through the biology program, students will learn skills in the formal practices of observation, experimentation and hypothesis testing necessary to function as a biologist in the workplace or as a candidate for an advanced degree. They will be able to articulate, verbally and in writing, knowledge of biology, biological methods and biological issues in context. Students will develop an awareness of the impact that biology has had on society at large as well as the interactions of biology with other disciplines.
Active, Experiential Learning
Biology students will have access to a range of experiential learning opportunities that greatly enhance their understanding of the subject. Students will engage in laboratory experiments, where students will conduct practical investigations to learn techniques such as DNA analysis, microbiological culturing, or dissections. These experiences not only reinforce classroom concepts but also foster critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and proficiency in handling scientific equipment. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in field trips, where students visit natural habitats, ecosystems, or research centers to observe and study various organisms in their natural environments. This hands-on approach allows students to directly apply their theoretical knowledge, develop fieldwork skills, and gain a deeper appreciation for the complexity of ecological interactions. Finally, internships or research placements provide biology students with real-world exposure, allowing them to work alongside professionals at research institutions, conservation organizations, or governmental agencies. Such opportunities enable students to contribute to ongoing projects, conduct independent research, and gain invaluable insights into the practical applications of biology.
Courses & Format
ENG141 Rhetoric & Res Writing
ENG142 Rhetoric & Academic Writing
BIO120 + L General Biology I & Lab
BIO121 + L General Biology II & Lab
CHM131 + L General Chemistry I & Lab
CHM132 + L General Chemistry II & Lab
DEC100 Dragon Education: Engage
MAT273 Applied Statistics I
MAT181 College Algebra
MAT281 Calculus I
MAT285 Calculus II
BIO221 + L Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab
BIO222 + L Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab
CHM331 + L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHM332 + L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
BIO250 Ecology and Evolution
DEC200 Dragon Education: Explore
BIO333 + L Genetics and Lab
PHY212 + L Physics II and Lab
BIO373 + L Microbiology and Lab
BIO325+L Botany or BIO350 Animal Behavior
PHY211 + L Physics I and Lab
CHM411 + L
NAT130 Foundations of Healthy Living
DEC300 Dragon Education: Connect
CST111 Digital Literacy
COM130 Introduction to Speech
BIO410 Developmental Biology
BIO445 + L Cellular and Molecular Biology and Lab
DEC400 + L Dragon Education: Impact
BIO325+L Plant Bio or BIO350 Animal Behavior
SAS470 Internship CHM411 + L
BIO250 – Ecology and Evolution – This course looks at the role of evolution in shaping the organisms alive today. This course will look at how evolution operates at the molecular, organismal, and ecological levels. It will also look at the ways the environment impacts the evolutionary trajectories of organisms. Evolutionary topics covered will include genetic and phenotypic variation, natural selection, phylogenetics, population genetics, speciation, and macroevolution. Ecological topics of climate, species interactions, and biodiversity will also be discussed.
BIO 325 – Botany– A general survey of the plant kingdom. Introduction to plant morphology, physiology, genetics,reproduction, classification, evolution, and ecology. Combined lecture/lab. (There is a corequisite lab component to this course).
BIO 325L -Botany Lab – A general laboratory introduction into the plant kingdom. This includes plant morphology, physiology, genetics, reproduction, classification, evolution, and ecology. Combined lecture/lab. (There is a corequisite lecture component to this course).
BIO 350 – Animal Behavior – This course is a comparative study of animal behaviors, and analysis of their adaptive value, physiological mechanisms, development, and evolution, within their ecological and social context. During this course students will learn how to apply scientific reasoning to understand both the evolution and mechanisms behind animal behavior with an emphasis on how evolution joins numerous sub disciplines within the field.
**Course titles and content may change.
On Campus – Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August
Biology majors can use their degrees to work in a wide variety of fields including medical fields, government (Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Geological Survey, etc.), corporate research and advising and higher education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of a biology degree graduate in 2019 was $65,000.
Many of the occupations below require or prefer an advanced degree, but offer above average wages and many areas have high projected job growth.
- Animal Scientists
- Biochemists and Biophysicists
- Biological Scientists
- Clinical Laboratory Technicians
- Conservation Scientists
- Diagnostic Related Technicians
- Food Scientists and Technologists
- Life Scientists
- Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
- Miscellaneous Life Scientists
- Physician Assistants
- Soil and Plant Scientists
- Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
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At a Glance
- Pursue a rewarding career as a registered nurse (R.N.)
- Earn two degrees: B.S. Applied Health Sciences and B.S. Nursing
- Engage in over 900 hours of clinical learning
- Learn in one of Ohio’s largest medical systems
“There is always going to be a little doubt in any person’s mind when it comes to new things. But for me, I think proving people, who said I couldn’t do it, wrong is my biggest motivation. There’s really nothing that seems impossible to me anymore. The world is constantly changing and I feel like I am much more capable of adapting to those changes now compared to when I was walking on to TU’s campus for the first time.”
Class of 2018
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