Study the miracle of life with a biology degree
The Bachelor of Science with a major in biology program at Trine University takes you deep into science and explains its miracles. How can a living organism, composed of the same elements in similar proportions to a piece of rock, think and live, while the rock is inert? The study of biology explains this miracle, taking you beyond merely studying organisms and their environment.
The degree: Classic principles with the latest advancements
In the Bachelor of Science with a major in biology, you'll explore the latest advancements in ecology, microbiology, genetics, pathology and molecular biology, among others. You will receive a broad education in basic areas of biology and then be able to go in-depth into the sub-disciplines of your choice. In all courses, background knowledge will be followed by application to contemporary issues and problems.
The experience: State-of-the-art technology and research opportunities
Our program uses new technology to train you. From recombinant DNA techniques in gene cloning and chromosomal genetics to virtual dissections of digitized cadavers, you will use cutting-edge equipment in our laboratories. As a senior, you will participate in a research project and may partner with local companies, organizations and/or research laboratories.
The result: Work or research in the public and private sectors
A degree in biology prepares you for work in government and industry, such as pharmaceutical sales, teaching, environmental management and conservation, forensic science, and research. It is a valuable foundation for graduate programs in all pre-health fields (medicine, dental, physician assistant, etc.) and in other sub-specialties such as veterinary medicine, genetics, conservation, and marine biology.
Dolphin tales: Biology major to live dream during summer internship
Elizabeth Koch, a Trine University biology major from Franklin, Wisconsino, Indiana, says swimming with dolphins as a child at Florida’s Dolphin Research Center sparked her interest in marine life.
She will intern at the center from May 15 to Sept. 3.
“I’m not 100% sure what my duties are yet for this internship,” she said. “We have a 101 course when I get down there for a week, covering what we will be doing for the whole summer.” She will intern at the center from May 15 to Sept. 3.
“I know I will be mostly working with dolphins, one day a week with the sea lions
and parrots, and then one day in the fish house prepping the fish buckets for training
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Braced for success: Trine student Young got support to excel in dental school
Kinzey Young knew Trine University wasn’t a traditional choice for someone wanting to go on to dental school.
“Both of my parents attended Trine, so I had the opportunity to see the campus over the years and I fell in love with the small, beautiful campus,” she said. “I went to a small high school, so I wanted to pursue a school that had a small, community feel where all of the professors knew your name in the classroom.”
The Coatesville, Indiana, biology major has been accepted to the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, Missouri, and will begin in July.
“I just want to encourage anyone who is questioning whether they can do a career to
try it even if they doubt if they can do it. I definitely had doubts that I would
not be able to go to dental school, but I am so thankful for all of the support and
reassurance from my family and friends that led me to where I am. It takes a lot of
hard work and dedication, but it is possible and feels amazing when you complete a
goal that you have been dreaming about for so long.”
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Trine support prepared Small for graduate school
Jason Small says the support system at Trine University prepared him to succeed in graduate school.
“Not only from my friends I met while at Trine, but the professors who supported me, and helped me so much in getting into graduate school,” he said. “I was the first person in my family to pursue a PhD, and I really had no clue what graduate school entailed, or what it was about until my professors talked to me about it, and told me it was something I should consider.”
Jason, who graduated from Trine in 2018 with degrees in biology and chemistry, recently
defended his dissertation to earn his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University
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Wetland Initiative Internship
The Wetlands Initiative is a conservation organization based in Chicago, Illinois. The internship may involve any aspect of conservation, particularly restoration of native communities.
Internship duties may include nuisance species control or removal, propagation of common or rare species, including seed collection, greenhouse production, a field installation, data collection on various research projects, or any other activities as necessary. Most projects are relatively large, usually hundreds to thousands of acres. Supervision is mainly done by William Sluis, Ph.D., Trine University.
Many other internships and research opportunities have revolved around lake water quality or environmental quality.
- Brandi Kunce Foster, a 2006 graduate, did a summer internship with Pokagon State Park in their wastewater treatment plant.
- At Astbury Water Technology, Natalie Bramel, a 2010 graduate, tested drinking water for contaminants and wastewater for suspended solids and bacteria.
- As the ecology director at Camp Chief Little Turtle, Courtney Daniels (class of 2012) not only gained experience in her chosen field and confidence in herself, she helped change the lives of over 1,000 boy scouts over the course of the summer internship at the camp.
Other students have done independent research projects with individual professors at Trine.
Bachelor of Science with a major in biology career possibilities
- Lab technician (industrial and governmental agencies)
- Health safety specialist
- Research analyst
- Sales/technical support staff member
- Health related careers
- Education fields
BS in Biology