Bachelor of Science in Biology

Hanover College
4 years
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Bachelor's degree
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Bachelor of Science in Biology

About this program

Bachelor of Science in Biology

As a Biology student at Hanover, you will become immersed in the study of living things. Gain valuable field experience in the remarkable forests, wildlife refuges and state parks located nearby and on our 650-acre campus overlooking the Ohio River – an ever-changing outdoor classroom. Work directly with professors in class and modern labs and participate in the Biology Department's Summer Research Program, which provides you with real research experience working directly with top scientists in the fields of Animal Behavior, Evolution, Botany, Immunology, Development, Genetics or Systematics. Our students receive outstanding preparation for many careers, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary and related fields, and have a remarkable record of acceptance into professional schools and in establishing notable careers in the biological sciences.

Admission requirements

As a selective liberal arts college, Hanover is looking for those students who have completed a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have completed the following high school courses:

  • Four years of English (literature and composition)
  • At least two years of foreign language
  • At least two years of mathematics, including Algebra II

The following courses are recommended as part of a well-rounded college-preparatory curriculum:

  • At least three years of laboratory science
  • At least three years of social studies
  • At least one year of fine or performing arts

Students who have taken AP, IB and dual-credit courses may be eligible for Hanover College credits.Hanover College has adopted a test-optional admission policy. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, there is no preference for either the SAT or ACT. Hanover College's school code for the SAT is ""1290"" and our ACT code is ""1200"". For international applicants, the TOEFL, IELTS or SAT-I score minimums must be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Concepts of Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Tropical Biology
  • Genetics
  • General Microbiology
  • Entomology
  • Herpetology
  • Biodiversity
  • Plant Taxonomy
  • Comparative Anatomy & Physiology
  • Plant Anatomy and Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Vertebrate Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Immunology
  • Evolution
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Principles of Systematics
  • Cell Biology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Research Methods in Biology

Scholarships & funding

All Admitted International Students will receive a scholarship in the amount of $32,000 USD renewable annually for 4 years. The scholarship will be referred to as the HAQ scholarship.


Tuition fee for the course is $58,544 per academic year, including estimated book and insurance costs. Visit the university's website for more information.


Hanover College's biology program will provide you with opportunities for research in a variety of fields.

  • Work directly with faculty during the school year or during the summer as part of the Summer Research Fellow's Program
  • Students routinely present findings at regional and national conferences (recent talks at: Indiana Academy of Science, Evolution Meetings, Animal Behavior Conference)
  • Students take their research to the next level by publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals (recent student papers in: Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Ethology, Ecology and Evolution)
  • Our student researchers are frequently at the top of their programs, earning numerous awards
    • Fulbright scholar
    • Research Experience for Undergraduates (National Science Foundation)
    • Numerous STAR grants for students presenting at conferences
    • Numerous Richter Grants for off-campus independent research
    • Rivers Institute Grants for Independent Research
    • 3 consecutive years of student researchers winning the Taylor Award for Student Publishing

Recent Research Projects include:

  • Faunistic surveys of insects in Indiana forests
  • Evolution of ant-associated behavior in beetles
  • The role of female choice in sexual selection in Eastern newts
  • Clutch-level behavioral differences in the antipredator behavior of wood frogs
  • Predator-prey interactions between opossums and toxic salamander species
  • Tree-ring dating of National Historic Landmarks
  • Mechanical treatment of invasive Autumn Olive
  • Seasonal growth analysis of mesophytic forests
  • The impact of eye development on craniofacial structure in Zebrafish
  • Genetic variation in forensically-important dermestid beetles
  • Effects of MMP9 on aging

Career paths

Previous graduates' careers and professional placements have included:

Among the thousands of career options available to biology majors, careers of recent graduates include:

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Optometrist
  • Research Scientist
  • Nursing
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor
  • Medical assistant
  • Science Teacher (Secondary Education)
  • Zookeeper
  • Lab Technician
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Field Biologist (Natural Resource Agencies, State and Federal)

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About this institute

Hanover College

Hanover College is small, private college located in Hanover, Indiana. Established in 1827 as Indiana’s first private college, Hanover has a longstanding history within the state and recognition for Alumni success. With about 1,100 undergraduate students, over 600 acres of...

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Why study at Hanover College

Hanover College gives students the best of all worlds. There are renowned professors at the top of their discipline, but classes small enough to get 1:1 interaction and mentoring from those professors.

We are located in a small midwestern area near one of Indiana's most historic small towns (Madison, IN), but less than an hour away from some of the largest and most touristic cities of the Midwest.

We have a one-of-a-kind naturally beautiful campus with over 600 acres of space, hiking trails, over 30 waterfalls, and endless hammocking spots. Hanover is also Indiana's first and oldest private, liberal arts, college. Hanover is also a global institution with about 18 different international partner universities and a variety of study abroad options to participate in during your 4 years here.

Contact info

Hanover College

517 Ball Drive
47243 Hanover IN
United States of America (USA)

Phone no: +18128667021

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