The Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology is for the student who wishes to engage in the knowledge and the tools to understand — perhaps even uncover — the latest discoveries in an effort to solve complex problems and enrich lives. 

At Olivet, students encounter and learn about science and the scientific process. They develop critical thinking, analysis and communication skills. They do research, apply the scientific method and do investigation. They ask questions, develop hypotheses, collect and interpret data. They develop skills in scientific writing and presentation.

Biology Program

Olivet is committed to preparing students for the next steps as they pursue a career in biology. Graduates consistently exceed the national average when it comes to acceptance rates into graduate programs and medical school.

In addition to completing a required research project, many biology students are actively involved with job shadowing healthcare professionals and medical mission trips to put their knowledge to work.

Field Experience

Olivet biology majors get an up-close look at how the heart can exist and function completely on its own, unattached to vessels or the nervous system. Other students routinely have access to human cadavers for hands-on learning. For all of them, these advanced lab opportunities bring to life what they read in their textbooks.  

As undergraduates, Olivet science majors get to explore mysteries of the human body that are typically reserved for study in graduate school and beyond. Because of professors who want to provide quality learning experiences, Olivet science grads are excelling in grad school and their careers.

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Possible Careers after Graduation

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Graduate School
  • Bio-Technology
  • Industrial Biologist
  • Industrial Quality Control
  • Forensics
  • Biology Educator
  • Microbiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Research Biologist

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By the Numbers
percent of Olivet students who have taken the MCAT & applied to medical school over the last 9 years have been accepted
percent growth in demand for physicians predicted by 2025
fluorescent microscopes on campus for research
brand new state-of-the-art cell culture hoods for research & laboratory experience


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