Program Description & Mission Statement
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
discoveries are made, and to apply the scientific process to
To meet these objectives the Biology Department provides a broad
base of knowledge of the principles of molecular, cellular,
physiological, morphological, and ecological studies; an
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
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
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
diversified outdoor laboratory for both short term and long term
ecological, floristic and systematic studies.
The Biology Department contributes to four interdisciplinary majors:
The Biology Department Faculty exists in a liberal arts
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.
interdisciplinary studies in Neuroscience, Environmental
Science, Conservation Biology and
Molecular Biology, each of which has a
Faculty advising with
nurturing and caring for individual students.
students in individual research projects.
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
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
and to develop an understanding of
the scientific process as a way of
that can be applied not only to
science but to their everyday life.