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School of Science & Engineering

The biology major at Anderson University is dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded background in the field of biology. Students can concentrate their studies in various areas of biology by taking courses such as Anatomy & Physiology, Histology, Mammalian Physiology, Molecular Biology, Plant Science, and Environmental Ecology. Students interested in botany and entomology can also pursue their own individual course route. Biology majors are encouraged to design individual projects that examine and investigate their particular area of interest.

Program Overview


All biology students take a core of six courses that prepares them to take the MCAT and Graduate Record Exams. The core courses include the study of zoology, botany, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, evolution, and ecology.


4-Year Major

  • BA in Biology
  • BS in Biology
  • Both can be completed in a three-year track.

The core curriculum of the biology major offers four areas of specialization:

  • Pre-Health Professional Programs
  • Science Education
  • Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Microbiology
  • Ecology/Environmental Biology

A biology minor (16 hours) includes Foundations of Modern Biology I & II.



  • The Bachelor of Arts in Biology (48 hours) focuses primarily on biology and chemistry courses. All students are required to take courses in Foundations of Modern Biology, Cell Biology, Microbes & Disease, Genetics, Science Seminar, and 12 additional hours from upper-division biology courses. General Chemistry I & II and Organic Chemistry I are also required. View the courses required for the BA in Biology.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Biology (72 hours) begins with a 40-hour biology core and includes coursework in chemistry, as well as mathematics and physics. It fulfills the entrance requirements for medical school. View the courses required for the BS in Biology.


  • Botanist
  • Environmental Ecologist
  • Geneticist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Oceanographer
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Zoologist
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    Areas of Specialization

    Pre-Professional Specialization

    A biology degree prepares students for a pre-professional program when they graduate. Biology plays an important role in the following types of programs:

    • Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Optometry
    • Physician Assistant
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Veterinary Science

    Our faculty help students prepare to achieve their goals through a one-on-one advising process. Our alumni have been accepted into a wide range of professional schools and are successful in their chosen professions.

    Molecular/Biochemical/Microbiological Specialization

    Students gain experience in the laboratory by performing molecular techniques like:

    • DNA & Protein Gel Electrophoresis
    • DNA & Protein Purification
    • PCR
    • Gene Cloning

    Students also work with fruit fly genetics, bacterial mutagenesis, enzyme assays, and various types of chromatography. We offer opportunities for independent research projects, as well as advanced course options.

    Environmental Specialization

    Students gain hands-on experiences testing the water quality of the White River, using both a macroinvertebrate assay and a chemical monitoring assay. They also visit unique habitats in Indiana like sedge meadow fen, the highest quality remaining wetland in the state. Students visit the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, while some students take their biology electives at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies where they practice hands-on skills in the areas of ecology and conservation.


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    Michael Bailey, employee at Anderson University

    Michael Bailey

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Dan Ippolito, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

    Dr. Dan Ippolito

    Professor of Biology

    Kimberly Lyle Ippolito, an employee at Anderson University

    Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito

    Professor of Biology; Allied Health Advisor

    Richard Pottorf, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

    Dr. Richard Pottorf

    Chair, Department of Biology; Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

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