Biology at Carroll College



As a student in the biology program, you’ll be closely mentored by faculty who are leaders in their field. You’ll have access to modern equipment in state-of-the-art facilities in a discipline that’s opening new opportunities in cutting-edge areas such as biotechnology, conservation and sustainability. And you’ll be well-prepared to succeed in medical, dental, or veterinary school.

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About the Program

You will benefit from scientific study within a liberal arts framework—resulting in a well-rounded learning experience. On any given day in the program you may find yourself using molecular techniques to decipher the inner workings of a disease pathogen, or developing mathematical models to solve the mysteries of ecological processes. And you’ll develop the ability to work effectively with scientists and nonscientists on solutions to local, regional, and global problems.

Academic Overview

When you complete this major, you will have:

  • an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of biology
  • the critical thinking skills needed for solving biology-related problems
  • the ability to evaluate and interpret data and to analyze and synthesize information from different sources
  • a working knowledge of fundamental laboratory techniques and the ability to use them to perform experiments
  • the writing and speaking skills needed to communicate effectively in the field.

The Carroll Difference

We recognize that rich learning experiences can take place outside the classroom. Juniors and seniors may participate in an internship related to their field of study with the approval of a faculty internship advisor and Career Services.. Once approved, you will receive academic credit, and some internships are paid.

Students Present at Research Conference

In fall 2022, six research students from Chemistry, Biology, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology attended the 31st annual Murdock Science Research Conference in Vancouver, WA. The conference is unique amongst scientific conferences because it is exclusively focused on displaying the depth, breadth, and quality of undergraduate research. Carroll was one of the elite 30 private schools invited to the undergraduate research conference.

After Graduation

With an undergraduate biology degree from Carroll, you’ll be prepared to pursue career and educational paths in fields such as:

  • Medical, dental, and veterinary school
  • Animal Behavior and Zoology
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany and Horticulture
  • Ecology
  • Forensic science
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology

There are many options for schools that will provide a fine education for continuing onto medical school, but seldom will you find schools that prepare you academically, spiritually, and professionally to deal with many of the challenges you will face.

Ted Olenick B.A., Biology '16

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