Discovering inspired solutions from the natural world.
Learning is about discovery. Exploration. It’s about finding realistic solutions to life’s toughest questions. And there are few academic disciplines that exemplify this in quite the same way as biology. Marian’s biology program will put you at the forefront of that discovery, and position you for a lifetime of answering those tough questions.
If anything in life has the power to inspire, it’s finding truths from the natural world around us that can enhance the way we live. The biology program is all about empowering you to do just that. You’ll benefit from the program’s small, dynamic lectures, which will give you the theoretical knowledge that you'll apply in extensive laboratory, research and field work. You’ll work closely with our experienced and respected faculty, who are recognized leaders in the field and believe in a true mentoring relationship with their students.
As a student in the biology program, you’ll be presented with countless opportunities to enhance your learning experience and set yourself apart in the eyes of employers and graduate schools. From gaining valuable insights into the human anatomy through dissecting a human cadaver, to exploring amazing habitats and ecosystems in places like Costa Rica and Australia, to working on significant research projects and presenting your findings to the Marian community, the possibilities are endless. In fact, a Marian student recently earned an international fellowship to continue his research on E. coli.
Graduates of Marian’s biology program really do find a world of opportunities waiting for them. For many, their path is graduate school, so during their time at Marian they couple their biology major with another major or minor in the sciences, or engage in a pre-professional curriculum. Whether graduate school is in your future or not, the biology program offers outstanding theoretical and practical preparation for careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, allied health, research, environmental conservation and teaching—many of which are expected to see exceptional job growth through the year 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Marian Difference
A key benefit to studying biology at Marian is the true liberal arts core we provide in our academic setting. Think about it. Studying the sciences at a school that is focused on the sciences and scientific research delivers a fairly one-dimensional learning experience. At Marian, you’ll immerse yourself in the theory and practical application of biological principles, while at the same time enhancing your education with exploration of the arts, humanities and social sciences. You’ll see how these areas of inquiry really do interconnect in the real world. And you’ll see how they’re also impacted by things like social justice and service to a greater cause, which are pursuits that have always been a part of Marian’s founding mission.
Testing the waters: EPA internship provides hands-on experience
As far as internships go, working for a government agency is near the top of what looks good on a resume. Marian alumni Dennis Mudd ’13, a chemistry/biology double major, now has first-hand experience in how our water supply is protected at the highest level, thanks to an internship with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“This research is unique because it is regulated and maintained by the EPA of the United States government,” Mudd said. “Due to this, the research not only affects the area in which it was done, but its findings will also be applied nationwide as a standard for recreational and other areas of water regulation.”
Overseen directly by the EPA, the research Mudd conducted aimed to help the regulation of water quality, especially at sources of recreational use. It also dealt with various methods of analysis to expedite the research findings in order to be quickly implemented to maintain public health and safety.
While working with the EPA, Mudd assisted in research that included analyzing levels of bacteria in recreational and other water sources, attempting to determine the source of the bacteria and determining the method of analysis that would be the most accurate and fastest to aid public safety. He not only learned about water quality in theory but also gained hands-on experience in carrying out a research project, including use of the different instruments and machines necessary in such research. Mudd was a participant in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which has prepared Mudd for graduate studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.
“Even though I have never had an experience in a lab outside of the University, I took on parts of this research alone and really was able to quickly pick up on all of the methodology,” Mudd said. “It also makes me very proud that I was a part of a research project that will help ensure the health and safety of the populous in the coming years.”
Mudd plans to earn his M.D./Ph.D., and feels that this study has given him great insight into the research process.