If it runs, flies or crawls, it's got your full attention. It's life, and it's always fascinated you since the day you first wriggled your toes in the dirt and snagged an earthworm. Discover the building blocks of life by studying biology, and open your life to a world of wonder and wonderful choice. Biology is the basis for a wide range of science-based careers, from medicine to laboratory research to environmental study.
Biology students have a mentor to assist them in research
Because of our Pre-Professional Health Advising program, you'll have a better chance of getting into medical school, dental school, veterinary school or other health-related professions after graduation.
All biology and natural sciences majors complete senior research projects, working directly with professors on topics like paleobiology (extinct mammals), ecology, bird behavior, manatee behavior, cardiology (hearts), entomology (insects) and genetics. Students also land research internships at places like the Mayo Clinic or Children's Hospital.
Take your pick of fascinating labs: bacteriology (make cheese), ecology (go outside), genetics (it glows), human cadaver (for upper-level students only).
Labs on campus
Average size of classes
Medical School acceptance rate (compared to 45% nationally)
Xavier Biology graduate Ann Fiegen Durbin believes in the importance of little things. For the last six years, she has probed the secrets of the tiny RIG-I protein, a substance inside the cell that acts as a kind of mini-security guard against infection.
Sally Gladwell was the kind of kid who was concerned about the energy efficiency of her family home, so it’s no surprise that she helped launch Xavier’s recycling program when she was a biology student in the early 1990s.
Derek, a 23-year-old pre-med major at Xavier, is also a Marine. He served for four years. Then it was on to the next challenge: A degree from Xavier.
Graduates go on to work at top companies like
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals