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The discipline of biology encompasses many subject areas ranging from the study of molecular and cellular functions to the ecological interactions among organisms.


Through a diverse set of classes, lab and field work, and off-campus study opportunities, the biology program at Centre is dedicated to fostering in students the ability to understand and appreciate the biological world at all levels, from the subcellular to the ecosystem. Students planning on majoring in biology will prepare for the major with appropriate courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. In addition, the faculty of the biology program place a strong emphasis on collaborative research with undergraduates, and many opportunities for internship experiences in biology are available.

Your Major Took You Where?

Biology majors have gone on to a variety of graduate programs and careers.


  • Kleinhart Institute for Hand & Microsurgery
  • Barrier Island Environmental Education Program
  • Clarenson Flavor Engineering
  • Norton Health Care CPA Lab

Postgraduate Study

  • Ohio State University (DVM)
  • University of Louisville School of Dentistry
  • Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Texas State University (MS Conservation Genetics)


Students gain a solid background in the discipline while also gaining the ability to apply biological principles to our world. Students prepare for the major with appropriate courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics or computer science. In their first two years, students are introduced to the breadth of the discipline in three core courses that provide a foundation in biological diversity, ecology, evolution, genetics, and cell biology. As seniors, our majors enroll in the capstone seminar course in which students hone their oral and written communication skills as well as their ability to analyze and discuss primary literature in biology.

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

Experiential Learning

Students engage in hands-on learning experiences and reflection to develop skills and increase knowledge retention.

The biology faculty actively engages Centre students in a wide range of collaborative research projects. In addition, many biology majors are also successful at gaining acceptance into prestigious summer research programs in outstanding labs throughout the country.


We're committed to helping students find quality internship experiences in the career area of their choice.

The biology program also works closely with the Center for Career & Professional Development to sponsor a variety of internships which provide majors with valuable real-life experiences.


Our extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education prepares students for meaningful lives and careers.

Biologists find employment as teachers and researchers as well as in the private and government sectors. The biology major is excellent preparation for medical, dental, veterinary school, and other health professions.

Biology Faculty

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Stephen E. Asmus

  • H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Stephanie E. Dew

  • Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Chair of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stephanie Fabritius

  • Professor of Biology, Emeritus
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Emeritus
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Amanda Falk

  • Associate Professor of Biology
  • Pre-Veterinary Advisor
  • Chair of Biology Program
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Kelly O'Quin

  • Elizabeth Molloy Dowling Associate Professor of Biology

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