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

As biology majors, students gain a solid background in the discipline while also gaining an appreciation for the application of biological principles to our world. Students planning on majoring in biology will prepare for the major with appropriate courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

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. 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?*

Kleinhart Institute for Hand & Microsurgery Ohio State University (D.V.M.)
Barrier Island Environmental Education Program University of Louisville School of Dentistry (D.M.D.)
Clarenson Flavor Engineering Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)
Norton Health Care CPA Lab Texas State University (M.S., conservation genetics)
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates

“As a biology major at Centre, I’ve explored the depths of Kentucky’s Hidden River Cave and the ecology of New Zealand, completed a human anatomy cadaver lab at Glasgow University in Scotland, and assisted with research on antibiotic resistance. Applying to veterinary school would have been more difficult without the support and guidance of my professors.”

Centre Class of 2018 • Biology Major


The Curriculum

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. Students build upon this foundation by choosing one course from each of the following areas: ecology and evolution, cell and molecular biology, and organismal biology. Three additional elective courses from these areas or from a select number of courses in other major programs allow the student to craft a major reflecting his or her personal interests. 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.


The biology program offers both internship and collaborative research opportunities during the academic year as well as in the summer months. 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 university labs throughout the country. Students pursuing independent research projects often present the results of their research at state and national meetings of professional scientific societies. 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.


The undergraduate experience in biology at Centre is designed to provide the best possible introduction to the breadth and depth of contemporary biology. Many graduates continue their studies in the top graduate programs in the country. 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. The qualifications of our graduates are reflected by the high number who gain admission to these programs.


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