Biology 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:

  • Health Careers (medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy)
  • Teaching
  • State Agencies (EPA, DNR)
  • Lab Tech
  • Research
  • Zoo Assistant
  • Technical writer
  • Forester
  • Law
  • Business/Industry

Where our majors have pursued advanced degrees: 
Medical School

  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Case Western Reserve
  • West Virginia University

Law School

  • Vermont Law School

Physical Therapy Programs

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • 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
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