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Cure cancer? Develop state-of-the-art organ transplant procedures? Invent biomaterials that help burn victims regrow their skin? Whatever lofty goal you’ve set for yourself, and however you’ve decided to put your bio-inclined brain to work, the McDaniel Biology major is your home base. Your launch pad to a future of rewarding scholarly and career opportunities.

Degree Types
Major , Minor
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
5 Lab Courses
Academic Spaces
6 Research Labs

Thanks to our carefully structured courses and gifted professors who gladly dive into research projects with their students, our graduates find great, meaningful jobs in many venues and industries. They enter a variety of fields such as genetics, marine science, cancer research, environmental analysis, or work as laboratory research associates.

Your Home Away From Home

On campus, Biology majors will study in Eaton Hall, which houses state-of-the-art biology and chemistry laboratories, faculty offices, and research labs dedicated for student use to take their knowledge to a new level.

Preparation for Graduate School

Many McDaniel Biology grads also decide to pursue careers in such health science fields as medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.

Learn more about our pre-med & pre-health advising and preparation.

Future Career Paths

A biology degree is a ticket to near-limitless career and graduate school opportunities. Our graduates have found success in places like:

  • Medical school
  • Veterinary school
  • Research labs
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Biotechnology companies
  • The federal government

Distinctive Courses

BIO 1111 - Principles of Biology

This course focuses on unifying themes and principles including evolution and the relationship of structure to function. 

BIO 2203 - Genetics

A study of the concepts of classical and contemporary genetics. The action of genetic mechanisms at various levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, organismal, and population) and in a variety of cells and organisms is included.

BIO 2234 - Marine Biology

A study of organisms inhabiting marine and estuarine environments including structural and functional adaptations to these ecological regions. Emphasis will be placed on ecological principles involving marine organisms.

Senior Capstone

Nicolette Olson, a Biology major from Woodbine, Md., spent six weeks in Madagascar researching color variability in the leaf-tailed gecko, Uroplatus ebenaui.

Impressive Academics Research & Internships Preparation for the Next Step

Jade Enright, Molecular Biology major at McDaniel College, conducted research at Yale.

Molecular Biology major conducts summer research at Yale as Amgen scholar

Jade Enright, a senior Molecular Biology major with a strong Chemistry minor, conducted research at Yale University after being named an Amgen Scholar.

Molecular Biology major Cooper Hostetler

Biology major’s passion for plants feeds his research to improve soybeans

Like many science majors, Cooper Hostetler wants to make the world a better place through technology.

Special Opportunities

There are several major, minor, and specialization tracks for you to pursue in McDaniel’s biology department.

Students sitting at classroom desks during Estimathon.

Biology – Mathematics Dual Major

A collaboration between the Biology and Mathematics departments for students who want to combine their interests and graduate with two complementary majors.

Jackie Fahrenholz snorkeling in the Bahamas for student research.

Biology – Specialization in Environmental Studies

For students who want a deep dive into Biology’s relationship to the environment.

Student-faculty researchers senior Phuc Truong, senior Jake Holechek, Chemistry professor Dana Ferraris and senior Bobby Lease.

Biology – Specialization in Molecular Biology

A course of study for Biology students who want to zoom way, way in.

Student teaching one-on-one in elementary school setting.

Biology Major with Education Minor

Thinking about becoming a teacher? A minor in Education is a great place to start.

McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

McDaniel College mascot with Randy Day '77

Impressive Outcomes Randy Day '77 Meet Our Alumni

As the chief operating officer of Perdue Farms, Randy Day '77 with CEO Jim Perdue is setting a new industry standard for how its chickens are bred, raised and harvested that has won unanimous applause from animal-rights organizations.

Biology professor Katie Staab (left) with research students Riley Palmer, Adelle Laniyan, Courtney Bohn and Biology professor Molly Jacobs in New Orleans.

Share Your Expertise Four Biology seniors present research at annual biology conference Research in Action

Four seniors at McDaniel College presented student-faculty research findings with Biology professor Katie Staab at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology conference.

News for Biology

  • McDaniel College elects new members to the Board of Trustees

    McDaniel College has named two new members to its Board of Trustees. Jin Kang of Great Falls, Va., is president and chief executive officer of WidePoint Corporation. Susan C. Stevenson of Ashland, Mass., a 1985 alumna of the college, is an executive director at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

  • McDaniel seniors, alumni, and faculty present at the Entomology 2020 Virtual Meeting

    McDaniel seniors Kaitlin Murphy and Anna Kuhn are presenting at the Entomological Society of America’s Entomology 2020 Virtual Meeting with presentations available to be viewed Nov. 11 through Nov. 25. Alumnae Jessica Wyatt ’20 and Suji Kim ’20 also participated as presenters for the event with Holly Martinson, assistant professor of Biology. The meeting features livestream sessions and symposia on Nov. 16, in addition to on-demand symposia, student competition, and 10-minute presentations, posters, and infographics.

  • Capstone research projects position Biology majors for grad school and career success

    Now on their way to doctorate programs, medical school, high school classrooms and careers that span wildlife preservation, agriculture production and forensics, McDaniel’s 2020 Biology graduates all learned valuable skills and life lessons while immersing in the capstone research that is the culmination of their studies in their major.