A biology degree is the foundation for a career in many fields, from medicine to zoology to biotechnology. At The University of Toledo, we offer an undergraduate biology program to suit you, whatever your career goals may be.
Biology — the study of life and living organisms — is the perfect foundational degree for a variety of careers. A degree in biology can prepare you for immediate employment in fields like conservation or zoology. It also can set you on the right track for medical school or other professional or graduate programs.
The University of Toledo in Ohio is a large, comprehensive institution. Our College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers several undergraduate biology programs to match your goals and interests.
Here’s a brief explanation of the options.
B.A. in Biology — cellular/molecular emphasis, Department of Biological Sciences
B.S. in Biology — cellular/molecular emphasis, Department of Biological Sciences
B.S. in Biology — ecology and organismal, Department of Environmental Sciences
For information on the B.A./B.S. in biology (cellular and molecular emphasis), contact an academic advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences. For information on the B.S. in biology (ecology and organismal), contact an advisor in the Department of Environmental Sciences.
Most biology students who earn undergraduate degrees from The University of Toledo have successful careers in biology-related fields. Many enroll in graduate, professional or medical school to earn further qualifications.
"The Biological Sciences Department at The University of Toledo offered quality advising in regard to appropriate course work, direction and preparation for medical school applications, as well as opportunities to partake in research and internships. My degree in biology helped lay down a foundation in basic science that was essential to an easier transition to graduate-level work and continued success in medical school."
Venkat Vaddamani, MD candidate in The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
"My advice would be to simply take advantage of all the opportunities available in our department — apply for internships and research jobs, really get to know your professors, volunteer, go on the department field trips, join organizations and network even if you don't like to. Work hard, keep an open mind, and you never know what opportunities may arise!"
Caroline Beck, awarded most outstanding graduating senior in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Course work is research-focused. Students use modern, comprehensive scientific methods.
You don’t have to wait until graduate school to get into an active, funded research lab. This degree of access for undergraduate biology majors is unique in northwest Ohio. UToledo undergraduate students have opportunities to work directly with internationally recognized biology and environmental sciences faculty on cutting-edge research. You also may have the chance to publish your findings in scholarly journals.
In this video from 2016, UToledo students are finding proof of Grass Carp reproduction in a Great Lakes tributary.
The Environmental Sciences Department is proud to host the Toledo Peregrine Project with live audio/video of the peregrine falcon nest on top of University Hall. A pair of peregrines has made UToledo its home since 2006. They return each year and have raised more than 30 offspring.