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.
PARTNERS IN LEARNING
Because they focus on creating the next generation of scientists, Hanover’s award winning Biology professors mentor students closely and engage them as colleagues. That mean’s you will think critically, solve problems and use science to better understand the world around you.
Learn from passionate professors in lectures to explore how life works.
Engage in professor-led labs that focus on inquiry and learning how science is done.
Conduct hands-on research in collaboration with processors at a level often reserved for graduate students at research institutions.
COURSEWORK AND STUDY OPTIONS
Environmental Biology Genetics and Developmental Biology Zoology Botany Cellular and Molecular Biology Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Pre-professional training (Medical, Vet, Dental, PA, Optometry)
Among the thousands of career options available to biology majors, careers of recent graduates have included:
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)
Graduate and Medical School placements have included:
Auburn University (Vet) Baylor University Bellarmine University (Nursing) Clemson East Tennessee State University Marian University (DO) Marymount University (Nursing) Missouri State University Indiana State University Indiana University (MD) IUPUI Purdue University (Vet) University of Arizona University of Iowa University of Louisville (MD) University of Pikeville (DO) University of Kentucky (MD, MD/PhD) Western Kentucky University
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
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
TRAVEL AND STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
Take advantage of our spring travel courses to learn about the ecology of the Appalachian Mountains or the tropical biology of Central America.
Study biology abroad at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Conduct research on coevolution between garter snakes and newts in the Western United States (Utah, Oregon, California).
Present the results of your research at state and national scientific conferences.
SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWS IN BIOLOGY
Designed to give students the opportunity to participate in scientific research, the Summer Research Fellows program emphasizes experiential learning in one or more different biological sub-disciplines. Students work closely with a professor on an active research project over the summer, learning the skills necessary to be a professional scientist. The program provides a monetary award, consumables used during the research as well as a stipend to cover the cost of room and board.
Design and conduct lab and field studies in various disciplines
Work directly with scientists to learn how science is done
Develop the skills and expertise to excel in graduate school or biology related careers
Learn to read and write scientifically
Present your work at state and national scientific conferences
Author articles in peer-reviewed publications
BIO 161Ecology and Evolution1.00An introduction to the scientific study of life with an emphasis on evolution, ecology and classical genetics. The nature and practice of science will be examined throughout the course. For prospective pre-health-profession students and natural science majors. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR. Satisfies the QL ACE. This class is open only to first-year students. Lab fee.
BIO 165Concepts of Biology1.00An historical approach to explore the development of primary topics in modern biology such as mechanisms of inheritance and diversification of life on Earth via the process of evolution. The nature and practice of science will be examined throughout the course. Does not require college-level chemistry. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR. Not open to students with prior credit in Bio 161 or equivalent. Lab fee.
BIO 185Cell and Molecular Biology1.00An introduction to the scientific study of life with emphasis on the chemistry of life, cells, and physiology. For prospective natural science majors and pre-health-profession students. Prerequisite: Bio 161. Satisfies the QL ACE and partially satisfies SM/SL CCR. Lab fee.
BIO 214Tropical Biology1.00This course aims to provide students with a hands-on and exploratory study of Belizean biodiversity, exploring a range of biological habitats such as moist forests, coral reefs, barrier islands, and mangrove swamps unique to central America. Course experiences will be documented through photography and writing media. The course will include not only an exploration of animal and plant diversity, but also immerse students in the cultural aspects of Belizean living, particularly as it relates to societal views and preservation of biological diversity Prerequisite BIO 221. Fee charged.
BIO 221Genetics1.00A survey of molecular, organismal, and population genetics. Laboratory work illustrates basic genetic principles and modern laboratory techniques. Prerequisites: BIO 185. Prerequisite/co-requisite: CHE 161 or equivalent. Lab fee.
BIO 223General Microbiology1.00Basics of microorganisms and their roles in human health; provides an overview of the structure, function, and physiology of cells, microbial ecology, controlling microbial growth, and identification of microorganisms. This course is designed for nursing and pre-health students. Satisfies the SL CCR. Partially satisfies the SM CCR. Prerequisite: CHEM 161 and one of BIO 185 or KIP 161. Not open to students with prior credit in BIO 333. Fee charged.
BIO 225Entomology1.00The study and identification of insects with an emphasis on field work, life cycles, classification, curation, ecology, and economic impacts of insects. Prerequisite: 161 or 165. Fee charged.
BIO 227Herpetology1.00A study of the biology of amphibians and reptiles. Topics covered include classification, evolution, ecology, physiology, behavior and conservation. Emphasis on the amphibians and reptiles of southeastern Indiana and field research methods. Prerequisite: BIO 161. Lab fee.
BIO 231Biodiversity1.00An introduction to the biological diversity of earth. Topics covered include analysis of the form and function of the major taxonomic groups: protists, fungi, plants, and animals, the origin of life, the evolutionary history of life on earth, and principles of biological classification. Prerequisite: BIO 185. Lab fee.
BIO 234Plant Taxonomy1.00Identification of higher plants with emphasis on the native flora; emphasis on the use of keys, principles of classification, field work, and herbarium methods. Prerequisite: BIO 161. Lab fee.
BIO 235Comparative Anatomy & Physiology1.00A comparative approach to the structure and function of body systems across the animal kingdom, including invertebrates and vertebrates. Laboratory work involves dissections, modeling activities, experiments, and case studies. Prerequisite: BIO 185. Fee charged.
BIO 313Plant Anatomy and Physiology1.00Study of vascular plant structure and function as adaptations to the terrestrial environment. Lectures, discussions, laboratories, and field trips. Prerequisite: BIO 231. Lab fee.
BIO 314Molecular Biology1.00A detailed survey of gene structure, function, regulation, and replication as well as the experimental techniques used to understand these phenomena. Prerequisite: BIO 221. Satisfies the W2 ACE. Lab fee.
BIO 315Ecology1.00Study of interactions of organisms and their environments; emphasis on energy flow, nutrient cycling, and equilibrium processes in ecosystems. Lectures, field projects, preparation of scientific reports, and laboratories. Prerequisite: BIO 231. Lab fee.
BIO 316Animal Behavior1.00A study of the behavior of animals, with emphasis on the ecology and evolution of behavior. Lab focuses on the scientific method and scientific literacy (reading/writing) through practical application of experiments on animals. Prerequisite: BIO 231. Satisfies the W2 ACE. Lab Fee.
BIO 317Vertebrate Biology1.00A study of the biology of the vertebrates, including the evolutionary history, ecology, behavior, and structure and function of the major vertebrate groups. Lab includes dissection of representative vertebrates and field studies with local vertebrate species. Prerequisite: Bio 231. Offered alternate years. Lab fee.
BIO 326Developmental Biology1.00Development of organisms with an emphasis on vertebrates. Laboratories will combine modern molecular analyses and classical descriptions of organismal development. Prerequisite: BIO 221. Fee charged.
BIO 328Immunology1.00Introduction of both theories and techniques in the field of immunology. Prerequisite: BIO 221. Fee charged.
BIO 332Evolution1.00An analysis of the process of evolution. Topics cover the history of evolutionary thought, evidence for the evolution of life, mechanisms of evolutionary change, and the history of life on earth. Special emphasis will be placed on current research and developing an experimental evolutionary approach. Lectures, discussions, field and laboratory experiments. Prerequisite: BIO 231. Fee charged.
BIO 333Microbiology1.00A study of the structure and function of bacteria and related organisms. Prerequisite: 221. Not open to students with prior credit in BIO 223. Fee charged.
BIO 334Virology1.00A consideration of structure, life histories, and biological impact of representatives of the major classes of viruses. Laboratory activities focus primarily on cultivation and experimentation with bacterial viruses to illustrate principles in viral growth. Prerequisite: Bio 221. Fee Charged
BIO 335Principles of Systematics1.00An introduction to the theory and practice of biological classification, taxonomy, and systematics. Topics covered include the description, naming, and identity of species, construction and analysis of phylogenetic trees, and exploration of the evolution of molecular and morphological characters. Prerequisites: Bio 221 or Bio 231. Satisfies the W2 ACE. Lab fee.
BIO 336Cell Biology1.00A study of the evolution, structure, and functioning of cells. Topics include membranes, bioenergetics, intracellular sorting, the cytoskeleton, cell communication, and cellular mechanisms of development. Laboratory emphasis on the methodology of cell biology. Prerequisite: BIO 221. Lab fee.
BIO 461Senior Seminar1.00Analysis and discussion of advanced principles of biology. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Fee charged.
BIO 462Research Methods in Biology1.00Integration and application of techniques nevessary for conducting investigations in the biological sciences. Includes experimental design, data analysis, and oral and written presentation skills. Also includes discussion of skills necessary for post-graduate preparation. Prerequsite: Biology Major. Senior standing. Satisfies QL ACE. Fee charged.