Biology

The Biology Program combines access to modern equipment, newly renovated facilities, and faculty mentors in a program that emphasizes preparing students for careers in the biological and biomedical sciences.

Biology at Carroll College

The Field

The field of biology is about discovery, curiosity, exploration, and the search for solutions that can be delivered by the natural world around us.

Biology is a rapidly growing scientific discipline, opening new doors of opportunity and possibility with modern advances in biotechnology and molecular biology. It’s also a field positioned to take on the evolving challenges related to health care in the 21st century, as well as a more proactive mindset when it comes to environmental conservation and sustainability. And it offers an ideal foundation for advanced study in areas like medicine.

The Program

As a student in the biology program, you’ll embark on a dynamic academic journey designed to prepare you to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge capable of enhancing life for everyone. You’ll have abundant access to newly renovated facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, and will benefit from scientific study within a liberal arts framework—resulting in a well-rounded learning experience. On any given day in the program you may find yourself using molecular techniques to decipher the inner workings of a disease pathogen, or developing mathematical models to solve the mysteries of ecological processes. And you’ll develop the ability to work effectively with scientists and non-scientists on solutions to local, regional, and global problems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the major program in biology are expected to have:

  1. an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the major field;
  2. the critical thinking skills needed for solving problems in the field;
  3. the abilities to evaluate and interpret data and to analyze and synthesize information from different sources;
  4. a working knowledge of fundamental laboratory techniques and the ability to use them to perform experiments in the field;
  5. the writing and speaking skills needed to communicate effectively in the field.

Why Biology at Carroll?

At Carroll, our biology program delivers a number of benefits unique to our location, setting, culture, and educational philosophy. Our diocesan Catholic mission will help broaden your understanding of how and why knowledge in this discipline can serve the needs of others. Our campus, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and other natural wonders, offers unparalleled learning opportunities in the field. Our students have taken part in research endeavors ranging from molecular biology to ecology, and have taken their studies to locations ranging from the Montana backcountry, to Alaska, to Niger and Ecuador. And our faculty are celebrated experts who routinely earn prestigious grants and conduct groundbreaking research. These are just a few reasons biology leads Carroll in the number of honors graduates and the production of student research projects.

The Possibilities

As a graduate of the biology program, you’ll we well prepared for any number of educational and career paths ahead. Potential fields for alums of the program include animal behavior, bioinformatics, biophysics, biotechnology, botany, ecology, forensic science, genetics, horticulture, microbiology, physiology, and zoology, among many others. And many graduates pursue advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. In fact, over the past 10 years, 89 of our graduates have entered medical school, 30 have entered graduate programs, 26 have entered dental school, and 42 have been accepted into professional programs like veterinary medicine, physical therapy, optometry, and pharmacy.