Biology is a challenging, detail-driven subject – one of the fundamental branches of the natural sciences. As a biology student, you’ll explore complex topics that range from the molecular to the organic, to the ecological. You’ll go deep – and broad – investigating the fundamentals of natural life.
As you move from course to course within your major, you will do more than obtain a collection of stand-alone lessons. You will apply the scientific method and place it and the knowledge that it has produced within the larger context of the liberal arts. This context will allow you to ask the big questions, such as “what are the ethical & social ramifications of new technologies and related industries?” It will also help you find the confidence to pursue your curiosities and achieve your career goals.
The small, supportive classes and highly dedicated professors help each and every student thrive in the classroom, in the lab, and during individual advisory sessions. Plus, research opportunities abound, from the student-accessible labs on campus (where you can get some hands-on practice with serious equipment), to field sites in urban Atlanta and natural areas throughout the state.
B.S. in Biology (TU)
Minor in Biology (TU)
As a major center for biotechnology, industry, healthcare, and government (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Atlanta is a great place to study biology. There are many relevant opportunities for internships, service, and other forms of hands-on learning.
- Lace up your boots and head out for some fieldwork. Atlanta is ideally positioned for convenient access to several of Georgia’s distinctive geographic regions – including the Blue Ridge, the Piedmont, and Atlantic coast. For courses such as Conservation Biology and Ecology, these field sites are the laboratories.
- Service learning is strongly integrated with the curriculum, at organizations like Northside Hospital, Brookhaven Animal Hospital, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Chattahoochee Riverkeepers, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Mercer School of Pharmacy, Miami Children’s Hospital, Murnane Laboratories, Winship Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, Coaches Curing Cancer, Hospice Atlanta, and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, where students have mapped invasive species to suggest strategies for their control.
- The spirit of inquiry abounds at Oglethorpe, as evidenced by the student research projects featured in our annual PRISM (Presentations of Research in Science and Mathematics). Recent project titles include the effects of extracellular matrix cues on axon production in PC-12 cells; cell migration in a vimentin-deficient lung cancer cell line; mate choice in sea horses; local and landscape determinants of nest box selection by bluebirds; and use of a geomagnetic compass by migrating butterflies.
- Students have also completed internships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Grady Memorial Hospital, Zoo Atlanta, Southface Institute, and Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute, and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
Biology courses at Oglethorpe are designed to introduce the variety of jobs available to biology majors and to provide the skills and knowledge required to land those jobs. For example, guest speakers from relevant organizations (e.g., the Research Program Director at the American Cancer Society and the Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at Zoo Atlanta) often visit classes to discuss their career paths and current job duties. This type of career development is made possible by Oglethorpe’s location in a thriving metropolitan area and has allowed many graduates to pursue further study and training in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and many fields unrelated to health.
- Beyond the healthcare professions, graduates can pursue careers in public health, education, biomedical and biotechnology research, pharmaceutical sales, or wildlife management and conservation. Others become veterinarians, emergency medical technicians, or lab technicians working in a clinical or research setting.
- Recent alumni are enrolled in graduate and professional programs at Duke University, Georgia Regents University, Georgia State University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, University of California San Francisco, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Delaware, University of Georgia, University of Washington, Emory University, and Mercer University.