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Biology Major

Shawnee State has four outstanding degrees in biology that prepares its graduates for careers in science, as well as providing a strong preparation for students interested in graduate or professional schools.

Shawnee State faculty members offer research opportunities for every student enrolled in our program, and work one-on-one with them in several dedicated research lab spaces.

  • Eight highly-qualified faculty members. Seven with Ph.D.s in biology, one with an M.S. in biology.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities every semester.
  • Upper-division classes are small, with class sizes typically around 10 – 20 students.
  • A teaching licensure option is available with our BS Natural Sciences degree
  • Graduates have been admitted to graduate, medical, and pharmacy Schools at: The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and the University of Cincinnati.
  • We have several active biology clubs within the department that invite speakers to campus, get involved with the community, and organize social activities.
    • Our Pre-Med Club invites speakers from medical schools, organizes social activities, and helps students with the medical school application process.
    • Our Tri-Beta Club is the Xi Upsilon chapter of the βββ National Biological Honor Society. They promote research and research activities within the department.
    • Our World Before Us Club is an environmental science based club.
  • Field-based research opportunities are available for students, including a two-week research trip to Costa-Rica that occurs during Spring/Summer.
  • The vast majority of our senior Biomedical sciences majors are accepted to one or more medical/professional school.

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Andy Napper, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3815

smesser@shawnee.edu or
science@shawnee.edu

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