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BS in Biology

Trine University
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Bachelor's degree
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Program description

BS in Biology

The Bachelor of Science with a major in biology program at Trine University takes you deep into science and explains its miracles. How can a living organism, composed of the same elements in similar proportions to a piece of rock, think and live, while the rock is inert? The study of biology explains this miracle, taking you beyond merely studying organisms and their environment.

Our program uses new technology to train you. From recombinant DNA techniques in gene cloning and chromosomal genetics to virtual dissections of digitized cadavers, you will use cutting-edge equipment in our laboratories. As a senior, you will participate in a research project and may partner with local companies, organizations and/or research laboratories.

Admission requirements

  • Admission into the Allen School of Engineering and Computing and the Rinker Ross School of Health Sciences requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. In addition, students must have successfully completed the equivalent of Trine's English Composition I, Calculus I, and Chemistry I with a "C" or higher.
  • Admission into the Franks School of Education requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Admission into the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences and the Ketner School of Business require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

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

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General Education Requirements

  • General Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • General Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • Technical Communication OR College Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Humanities Seminar
  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Effective Speaking OR Interpersonal Communication
  • Principles of Psychology
  • Humanities or Social Sciences Elective

Biology Core

  • University Experience
  • Principles of Biology I and Laboratory
  • Principles of Biology II and Laboratory
  • Introduction to Biological Literature and Communication
  • General Ecology and Laboratory
  • Professional Practice in Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics and Laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • Statistics
  • College Physics I and Laboratory
  • College Physics II and Laboratory
  • Senior Research Seminar and Senior Research Project
  • Science Internship
  • Choose one of the following natural science courses - 4 credit hours:
    • Conservation and Laboratory
    • Aquatic Biology and Laboratory
    • Environmental Biology and Laboratory

Choose one of the following four tracks in addition to the Biology Core:

Traditional Track

  • Choose one of the following physiology courses
    • Plant Biology and Laboratory
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Laboratory
  • Choose one of the following organism courses
    • Plant Biology and Laboratory
    • Animal Biology and Laboratory
    • Microbiology and Laboratory
    • Biology Electives
    • Chemistry or Math Elective
    • Unrestrictive electives

Physician Assistant Track

  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology and Laboratory
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory
  • Biochemistry I and Laboratory
  • Unrestrictive electives
  • Choose two of the following courses
    • Toxicology and Laboratory
    • Embryology and Laboratory
    • Pathology
    • Molecular Biology and Laboratory

Physical Therapy Track

  • Microbiology and Laboratory
  • Toxicology and Laboratory
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Laboratory
  • Advanced Composition
  • Biology electives
  • Chemistry or Math Electives
  • Unrestrictive electives

Pre-Medical Track

  • Biochemistry I and Laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • Calculus I
  • Ethics
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Biology Electives
  • Unrestrictive electives
  • Choose one of the following physiology courses
    • Plant Biology and Laboratory
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory
  • Choose one of the following organism courses
    • Plant Biology and Laboratory
    • Animal Biology and Laboratory
    • Microbiology and Laboratory

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.


In the Bachelor of Science with a major in biology, you'll explore the latest advancements in ecology, microbiology, genetics, pathology and molecular biology, among others. You will receive a broad education in basic areas of biology and then be able to go in-depth into the sub-disciplines of your choice. In all courses, background knowledge will be followed by application to contemporary issues and problems.

Career opportunities

A degree in biology prepares you for work in government and industry, such as pharmaceutical sales, teaching, environmental management and conservation, forensic science, and research. It is a valuable foundation for graduate programs in all pre-health fields (medicine, dental, physician assistant, etc.) and in other sub-specialties such as veterinary medicine, genetics, conservation, and marine biology.

Bachelor of Science with a major in biology career possibilities

  • Lab technician (industrial and governmental agencies)
  • Health safety specialist
  • Research analyst
  • Sales/technical support staff member
  • Health related careers
  • Education fields

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About this institute

Trine University

Trine University, established in 1884 as a university to educate and nurture future professors and teachers, has evolved over time into an institute of inculcating and imparting  knowledge and learning. Through Trine’s small class size of 17:1, invaluable focus and...

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Why study at Trine University

Trine's philosophy of teaching has always been to put the student first. The small class sizes of 17:1, be it a 100-level or a 400-level course, are intended to provide individual attention to students and allow our experienced professors to understand students and help bring their potential out. The individual, focused attention also allows students to clear their doubts in a one-on-one session or be able to take part in study groups that happen in the evening for students to learn in a holistic, enriching environment. The state-of-the-art facilities at the university, whether in athletics, engineering, business and management or arts and sciences, enable Trine students to gain real-world experience and get a leg up in the field.

Education at Trine is focused at producing graduates whose skills are tailored to industry, allowing students to embark upon successful career paths. Learning to operate different kinds of manufacturing equipment or processes, making your own video game, learning when to disinvest from a company — all these learnings and experiences are delivered in a way to maximize learning and retention.

As an incentive for undergraduate students to join, Trine offers on-campus jobs, scholarships, and financial aid packages of different calibers. With the efforts of both well-connected professors and the Career Center, motivated and high-performing undergraduate students are able to participate in internships and co-ops under the curricular practical training (CPT) program after their first academic year. Trine’s hybrid graduate classes are a unique blend of seated and virtual classes that allow those students to pursue industrial experience while taking classes. CPT allows for undergraduate and graduate students to have US work experience during their degree program.

With an employment rate of more than 99% within six months of graduation over the past seven years, Trine University prepares you for the workforce. Part of the reason for this is that Trine is located in the industrially rich region of the Tri-State area. With so many different companies in the region, this is a melting pot of opportunity, international and domestic, for Trine University students. Trine is also just 40 minutes away from Fort Wayne, the second largest city in Indiana. Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Indianapolis are just a three-hour drive away from the university, offering convenient excursions for food, culture, transportation and leisure. Such an environment makes Angola, Indiana, a very calm and peaceful city, devoid of most distractions from studies while still allowing students to kick back and relax over the weekends.

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Trine University

1 University Ave
IN 46703 Angola Indiana
United States of America

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