The study of biology reveals the universal principles governing the
phenomenon of life. Our program enables students to know what a
modern biologist is, to understand how biologists think, to see how
discoveries are made, and to apply the scientific process to everyday
To meet these objectives the Biology Department provides a broad
base of knowledge of the principles of molecular, cellular, genetic,
physiological, morphological, and ecological studies; an environment
that provides independent development and habits of life-long
scholarship; and a program that enables the individual student to
carry out independent biological research.
At Muskingum College the study of biology prepares students for
graduate work in biology at a university or medical school, to teach
biology, and to fulfill requirements for entrance into schools
of medicine, dentistry, nursing, medical technology, and physical
The Biology Department occupies 12,500 square feet in the Boyd
Science Center. The space includes five teaching labs, a greenhouse,
five controlled environment rooms, twelve double occupancy
student research laboratories, a photographic darkroom, animal
rooms for cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals, a seminar room,
and a classroom.
In addition the Biology Department operates the McAllister
Biological Station, a fifty-seven acre field station that provides a
diversified outdoor laboratory for both short term and long term
ecological, floristic and systematic studies.
The Biology Department contributes to four interdisciplinary majors:
Environmental Science, Conservation Science, Neuroscience & Molecular Biology
Biology Department Mission Statement:
The Biology Department Faculty exists in a liberal arts college
environment with the overriding purpose to develop students
intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.
The Biology Department Faculty Encourages The Following:
- Students destined for professional or graduate schools requiring a Biology
Major. These include pre-graduate, pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinarian,
and pre-physical therapy students and future Biology teachers.
- Liberal arts students who are majoring in other disciplines and yet have an
interest in Biology.
- Participation in interdisciplinary studies in Neuroscience, Environmental
Science, Conservation Biology and Molecular Biology, each of which has a
significant Biological component.
- Faculty advising with nurturing and caring for individual students.
- Involvement in summer internship opportunities and/or research with faculty members in our department.
- Faculty development, renewal, and research. Life-long Faculty scholarship is
important as it is a model for the student's future life-long learning.
- Students will understand the universal principles governing the phenomenon of
- Students will know what a modern biologist is, understand how biologists think,
see how discoveries are made, and apply the scientific process to their everyday
- Students will engage in a broad based knowledge of the principles of cellular,
molecular, genetic, physiological, morphological, and ecological studies.
- Students will develop a sensitivity to the role of critical and creative thinking as
it operates in the scientific process.
- To integrate a sense of ethical thinking and behavior in the student's
professional and personal life.
- To engage the liberal arts students in their development of scientific literacy
and to develop an understanding of the scientific process as a way of thinking
that can be applied not only to science but to their everyday life.