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A Biology degree from Capital gives students a well-rounded study of Biology and the flexibility to pursue the career or graduate degree of their choice. Capital faculty members are actively engaged in research in their fields of expertise and encourage undergraduate students to join the efforts. Many of these undergraduate research efforts lead to presentations at regional or national professional organizations in the sciences, and the publication of student research work.

Discover the Science of Life

From Research to Real-World Applications, Biologists Make the World a Better Place


Biology majors take a set of core courses designed to expose them to the major theories and disciplines of biology, including foundations of Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Ecology and Cell and Molecular Biology. Capital believes strongly that transformative learning also takes place beyond the traditional borders of the classroom, lab or even campus. In any environment, faculty embraces high-impact practices, like undergraduate research, internships and capstone projects, to achieve the very best in teaching and learning. Central to the study of the Biological Sciences is the pursuit of research. While all Capital students are not required to do research, you'll be given the opportunity to pursue various research options and encouraged to take advantage of research opportunities.

What can you do with a degree in this academic area?

  • Science Writer
  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • Teacher
  • Public Health Professional
  • Zookeeper

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Experiential Learning

Both laboratory and field-based research opportunities exist for biology majors, ranging from animal reproduction to wildflower populations to synthesis of new drugs for human disease. Capital’s partnerships with The Metro Parks, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the Primmer Outdoor Learning Center takes students from textbook to field experience. Short-term field courses outside of the U.S. also give students opportunities to experience new cultures and give valuable service. Capital has sponsored study experiences in:

  • Mexico (Reef Biology)
  • Costa Rica (Tropical Ecology)
  • Cuba (Environmental Issues)

Eight laboratories in the Battelle Hall of Science are used for Biology teaching and research. In addition, several small lab facilities, an animal care facility and a two-story greenhouse are available to be used for faculty and student research. All labs are equipped with computers as well as equipment and models specific to the courses and projects that take place in that room. A state-of-the-art Molecular Biology laboratory allows students to grow living cells under controlled conditions, while the Molecular Biology lab has equipment to perform DNA fingerprint analysis. Two cadavers are used in the anatomy lab, and the botany lab opens directly into the second story of the greenhouse.

Primmer Outdoor Learning Center

Capital University’s Primmer Outdoor Learning Center in the Hocking Hills region is a 74-acre property with seven ecosystems, including a 15-acre wetland, a secondary growth deciduous woodlot with groundwater seeps which feed into small streams, and restored prairie habitats. This center is used by students and faculty for research and service projects focused on ecological restoration, biological conservation, and environmental sustainability.

Sample Classes

  • Foundations of Biology
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Calculus and Modeling for Biological Sciences
  • Immunology, Endocrinology, Embryology and Developmental Biology, Oceanography, Hydrogeology (elective courses)
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