Undergraduate Program (BS)

Biology

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.

Sample Four-Year Biology Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
First Semester Course 5
Another First Semester Course 7
Second Semester Semester Hours
The Great Second Semester Course 3
A Second Second Semester Course 10

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Sophomore Year, yo! 4
Second Semester Semester Hours
Weeee Go Year 2 4

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
test 5
Second Semester Semester Hours
testest 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Senior Skip Class 10
Second Semester Semester Hours
Senior Skip II 5

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

MBA

First Semester Semester Hours
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This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Biology major at Xavier:

Genetics Laboratory (BIOL 231) - Laboratory exercises to provide students with experience in modern molecular genetics and methods of manipulating and studying nucleic acids.

Biochemistry (BIOL 440) - A lecture course treating the structure, properties, and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids.

Animal Behavior (BIOL 244) - Study of the innate, learned, aggressive, social and sexual behavior of animals as evolutionary products.

All Biology students have a mentor to assist them in research

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Biology students have a mentor to assist them in research

Stand Out - That's the Xavier Difference

Pre-Med

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.

Student Research

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.

Cool Labs

Take your pick of fascinating labs: bacteriology (make cheese), ecology (go outside), genetics (it glows), human cadaver (for upper-level students only).

Xavier by the numbers

14

Labs on Campus

94%

Placement Rate

20

Average Size of Classes

82%

Medical School Acceptance Rate (Compared to 40% Nationally)

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Careers After Xavier

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Medical School Early Acceptance Program

Stand Out. That's the Xavier Difference.
  • Get Accepted: Xavier has partnered with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer early acceptance to the college, so qualified students can get a head start in their career in medicine.
  • Waive the MCAT: This is a great benefit. If you can qualify based on your high school scores, you will not have to take the Medical College Admission Test.
  • Choose Your Campus: If you meet the criteria, you can choose from any of LECOM's campuses, located in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Outcomes

As we say, you're already "in the door," meaning you've already started your medical career. Here, you'll be developing relationships with prospective employers and hospitals, not starting from scratch.

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