About the Program

The biology major at The University of Olivet is designed to introduce you to the major aspects of modern biology and its applications. You’ll participate in hands-on experiences both in the laboratory and in the field, and have the opportunity to work one-one-one with faculty on research and independent study projects.

Kirkelldel Biological Preserve

Located two miles from campus on Pine Lake, Kirkelldel Biological Preserve has five habitat types and broad biological diversity, serving as an outdoor classroom for a range of science classes and research projects. This biological research station also contains a large collection of natural history specimens, including many fossils, rocks and minerals, mollusk shells, mammals, birds, and numerous live animals and insects.

Below is a sampling of Biology courses offered. A full listing of courses can be found in the Academic Catalog on page 96.


As a biology major, you will choose a concentration that aligns with your career interests.

  • Biomedical/Molecular

    This concentration is for students interested in biomedical research, pharmacology, toxicology, molecular biology, genetics and related areas.

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  • Ecology and Organismal

    This concentration is for students with an interest in the fields of biology, zoology, botany, ecology and related areas.

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  • Pre-Med

    This concentration is for students interested in pursuing further education in human medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy or training as a physician’s assistant or other allied health fields.

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  • General Biology

    The general biology concentration is for students who are interested in general biology or who are not interested in a specific concentration.

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Courses in the Program

BIO 207 - Microbiology
BIO 210 - Entomology
BIO 401 - Cell Biology
BIO 403 - Environmental Health and Toxicology


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