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Major Areas of Study: BIOLOGY


The role of the Biology program at Muskingum is to both integrate into the student’s total education the biological information significant in a larger society and provide a foundation for the many diverse career opportunities which exist in the biological sciences.

Student Opportunities


Recent internships for Biology students include:

  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (water quality monitoring, fish surveys)
  • University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine (laboratory research work)
  • Colgate-Palmolive in Cambridge, OH (quality control)
  • Busch Gardens Adventure Camps in Tampa, FL.
  • Internship in the Caribbean (marine ecology)
  • Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans, LA (animal husbandry)
  • Baylor College of Medicine (lab research)
  • Pisgah National Forest in Asheville, NC (nature center and trail work, and bird work)
  • National Capital Region National Parks (assisting with bat inventories)


Undergraduate research is a major component of the science program at Muskingum. Biology majors have recently participated in research at:

  • The Wilds Conservation Preserve
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee
  • U.S. Army Physical Therapy Training Program in Hawaii
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jackson Memorial Laboratory in Maine
  • Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts
  • National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C.
  • Mayo Clinic in Minnesota


Qualified Muskingum University Biology students may join Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta, Upsilon Nu chapter), an international organization dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 175,000 people have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 430 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.


The Biology department typically employs 3-4 students each academic year to work in the greenhouse maintaining plants; in the stockroom, helping prep labs; in the collection room, assisting in the inventory of vertebrate and invertebrate collections; and in the ecology lab and rat room, maintaining the aquaria and taking care of the rats and mice for research purposes.

Professional Activities

Each year, members of the Biology faculty attend the annual Ohio Academy of Sciences meeting. They normally take 10-15 students along, many of whom present their research in the form of posters and/or oral presentations. Occasionally, students also accompany faculty to national meetings. Dr. Bergstrom, for instance, has taken students to national neuroscience meetings and Dr. Ingold has taken students to national ornithological meetings.

After Graduation

Career Possibilities for
Biology Majors:
Where our majors have pursued advanced degrees:
  • Health Careers (medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy)
  • Teaching
  • State Agencies (EPA, DNR)
  • Lab Tech
  • Research
  • Zoo Assistant
  • Technical writer
  • Forester
  • Law
  • Business/Industry
Medical Schools
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Case Western Reserve
  • West Virginia University

Law School

  • Vermont Law School
Physical Therapy Programs
  • Northwestern University
  • Duke University
  • Case Western Reserve
  • The Ohio State University

Veterinary Schools

  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Illinois
Graduate Schools
  • Ohio University
  • University of Alabama
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of California, Berkley
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Cornell University
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Northwestern University
  • Duke University
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Nebraska
  • Yale University

Student Stories


Sarah LinnSarah Linn ('14), biology major from Grafton, Ohio, spent a summer interning at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans. It was a formative summer for her, as it helped her determine what she wants to pursue for a career. She “performed animal husbandry duties on a daily basis for exotic cats like clouded leopards and servals.” She also interacted with a number of other species.

“The most important experience I had while I was there was when I assisted in a Type II dolphin necropsy. A necropsy is like an autopsy but for animals and the different types refer to the level of decomposition of the animals. I learned so much about the anatomy of a dolphin and tried to determine its cause of death. This experience really piqued my interest in veterinary pathology, which is the study of disease diagnosis in animals. This led me to pursue a research internship for the Summer of 2013 in pathology. I worked at the Ohio State University in the Division of Neuropathology at the College of Medicine. “

As a high school senior, Sarah was planning to attend a much larger university. “Muskingum University was definitely not what I was looking for originally when I was applying to schools. MU was the only D3 school that I applied to because I thought I was set on going to a large D1 university. Muskingum has provided me with many opportunities, like the internship at Audubon….

“Muskingum…has...a community feel to it. Everyone knows everyone so you never walk to the Quad without seeing one of your friends. The professors don't just know my name, but know me as a person. I have been able to build professional relationships with the professors and staff at Muskingum, which will help me in the career world.”



Claudia CoffeyClaudia Coffey ('17), a freshman from Hebron, Ohio, has chosen to major in biology while also pursuing her interest in musical theatre. Although it may seem like an odd juxtaposition, majoring in the sciences while minoring in the arts is one of the benefits of attending a small, liberal arts university.

For Claudia, Muskingum offered all she was looking for in a college: “It was small, so I knew I would get the care and quality attention that every student deserves. It had all of the activities that I enjoyed and wanted to continue such as Wind Ensemble and Theatre. It had my major and when I met the Biology staff I knew they were approachable and respectable. I knew that I would get the help I needed. It wasn’t too far from home. It also gave me scholarship money, which I knew would be very important, especially because I also plan on going to medical school. And with all of this schooling, I could have graduated with an unthinkable debt on my back. Muskingum gave me a great opportunity to not have to worry so much about how I’m going to pay, so I can actually focus on my education.”

Claudia was surprised to find so many activities at Muskingum. “For a person like me who enjoys being involved, it was a bit overwhelming to go from a small high school with very little going on to the Involvement Fair here, when the entire Quad is taken up by activities. I definitely had to learn what my priorities were so that I didn’t overwhelm myself, but I feel like I have taken on a good amount of extra-curricular activities and time-management has helped me enjoy my time here so far.”

Claudia says she is “thankful for the sense of community and family that’s instilled here. You’re encouraged to get involved. There’s an expected ‘Muskie Hello’ that you exchange as you walk through campus. And it’s always appropriate to go out of your way for a fellow Muskie. There’s a bond here that I’ve never known anywhere else. Muskingum is a special place.”


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