Biology and Geology

Department of Biology and Geology
Telfer Hall
(440) 826-2262
(440) 826-8502 (fax)

Field & Stream Experience: BW students joined Mike Durkalec, aquatic biologist for Cleveland Metroparks and BW alum, in a recent assessment of the Metropark waterways. Watch the video where students study fish diversity in the Rocky River.

Versatile Field

A bachelor's degree in biology can be a stepping-stone to post graduate education or can lead directly to a career. Biology-related opportunities include:

  • Aquatic biologist
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Teacher
  • Ecologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Nurse
  • Medical technologist
  • Geneticist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Naturalist
  • Veterinarian

Majors and Minors

  • Biology is offered as a major and minor.
  • Geology is offered as a minor.
  • BW's neuroscience program unifies several disciplines, including biology.
Wildlife...wild about studying life. Hands-on learning...learning about hands.

Whichever interests you, biology is a multi-faceted program focusing on the study of life processes and living organisms (human, plant, animal and aquatic).


From the nearby Metroparks and Cleveland Zoo to Iceland and beyond, you can be in the neighborhood and across the world. You'll learn with your hands, contemplate with your mind and stretch your imagination by taking the complex and applying it to the real world through independent research studies, field experiences and internships.


Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring make BW's biology program ideal for career preparation and/or medical, professional or graduate school. Student successes include presenting at conferences, having papers published and earning coveted national summer research positions.

Greenhouse, gross anatomy and more

Infusing plant cells, inspecting human cadavers and identifying bacteria, you can do research alongside your professors.  Starting at the freshman level, you'll have hands-on access at nine biology labs:

View the department's greenhouse and see our plant collection, which was beautifully compiled by Katherine McConnell, BW '04.   (Note: This will open in a new window.)

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