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Patrick Burton in a biology lab

What is biology?

The Wabash College biology major studies the living world – from molecule to ecosystem – through coursework, mentored research, and individual exploration. The Wabash biology department distinguishes itself with a strong and diverse faculty and a commitment to undergraduate teaching and research. In a field that is rapidly changing, the ability to acquire new information and place it in a broad context is a crucial skill. Wabash biology classes emphasize analytical and problem-solving skills that enable students to reach their own conclusions and solutions. For specific biology course offerings, check out our curriculum.

Why go to college for biology?

Biology majors at Wabash College have a wide range of experiences in the classroom, the laboratory, and the field, which prepare them for careers in fields as diverse as medicine, molecular biology, ecology, education, and even finance or public policy. Students engage in independent research with faculty, prestigious internships off campus, and interdisciplinary internships supported by a variety of on-campus programs. Biology majors are also given many opportunities to participate in immersion courses offered by the department. Our students have recently traveled to do field work in the Everglades, Belize, Ecuador, and Peru. Take a look at Hays Hall, our 80,000-square-foot science facility. 

What can you do with a biology degree?

Wabash graduates have pursued a range of careers with a biology major: Dentist, Optometrist, Pharmaceutical Sales, Orthodontist, Family Physician, High School Science Teacher, Pediatrician, Financial Analyst, Environmentalist, Surgeon, Radiologist, Science Writer, Plastic Surgeon, Chemist, Ophthalmologist, Aquaculture Operations Manager, Acupuncturist, Attorney, Medical Communications, CEO Tech Center, College Professor, Industrial Sales, FBI, Anesthesiologist, Medical Marketing, Foundation President, Neonatologist, Chiropractor, Psychologist, Conservation Officer, and Environmental Scientist.