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Frequently Asked Questions

Each year approximately 65% of our graduating seniors continue their education in professional health programs.

The percentage of graduating seniors who have participated in undergraduate research while at the university is approximately 60%.  In any given year at least 30% of undergraduates perform enough research to give a poster session at a scientific meeting or at our own Stander Symposium.

Introductory biology lecture courses will have between 30 and 50 students and the accompanying laboratories will generally enroll 12-20 students per laboratory.  The advanced biology lecture courses range from 4 to 50 students with an average class size of 18.

All biology majors lecture courses are taught by faculty with Ph.D. degrees in biology or a related sub-discipline.

The 2002 edition of the Jobs Rated Almanac ranked "Biologist" as the top job out of 250 jobs reviewed. This ranking evaluates jobs based on employment opportunities, salary and job satisfaction.  With the completion of the mapping of the human genome and application of molecular biology, biologists are in high demand and pay is lucrative.

We have built career development into our formal curriculum through three classes.  It begins in the first semester of the first year and continues through the senior year.  This includes a requirement for developing a resume in the first semester and introducing students to the various kinds of career opportunities in biology.

A student with an AP test score in biology of 4 will receive credit for the first semester of Introductory Biology (Bio 151) and the accompanying laboratory (Bio 151L).  A score of 5 will count as a full year of college introductory biology with laboratories.


Department of Biology

Science Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2320