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Department of Biology

One of the largest departments at Miami University, our Department of Biology provides a rich education in fields ranging from molecular to global biology. Our faculty will take you beyond the lecture hall to learn hands-on in the laboratory and in the field. Our graduates go on to pursue careers in health, biotechnology, and plant and environmental sciences, leading innovations that change the world for the better.

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the Department of Biology is to advance the frontiers of research and education in the biological sciences through outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, research and professional experiences, and state-of-the-art facilities. Our students will be broadly trained as practitioners, scientists, educators, and leaders who work to improve human health, enhance environmental sustainability, and promote public understanding of the life sciences.

Our vision is to be the premier biology department at a public, liberal arts university, internationally recognized for teaching and research strengths in emerging areas ranging from molecular to global biology.

Our Programs


Make biology the backbone of your undergraduate education. We offer B.S. and B.A. degrees in Biology, Botany, and Zoology, with similar core requirements so it's easy to switch majors if your interests evolve over time.


Pursue your interest in biology by adding a minor to your academic track. Department minors include Horticulture, Plant Biology, and Plant Biotechnology, as well as several minors in conjunction with other departments, such as Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics.


Dive deeper into your specific field of interest by pursuing a co-major in addition to your primary major and degree program. Students majoring in the biological sciences and interested in a co-major typically pursue Energy, Environmental Science, Neuroscience, Pre-Medical, or Sustainability.

Graduate Studies

Our competitive graduate programs are supported by state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in an environment ripe for collaboration and innovation. These programs include M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, plus combined Bachelor's-Master's programs and Graduate Certificates.

Biology Departmental Seminar Schedule

Tour of the Biology Department

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Help us prepare the next generation of leaders in the biological fields—and our society as a whole. We have numerous scholarships, grants, and programs accepting contributions from donors like you.


Department of Biology

Students in undergraduate and graduate programs learn biological concepts taught by dedicated faculty and gain hands-on research experiences in the laboratory and field using first-class equipment, centers, and facilities. Our graduates pursue a wide variety of career paths in health, biotechnology, the environment, and plant science.