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BS Biology

Trine Merit PageThe Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology program 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. At Trine, you'll explore the latest advancements, including discoveries in molecular biology and biochemistry.

The Experience

Trine offers a thorough education in the classic principles and techniques of the biological sciences with application of contemporary issues and problems. Our program uses new technology to train students in modern, recombinant DNA techniques in gene cloning and chromosomal genetics. You will use a variety of 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.

The Results

A degree in biology prepares you for work in government and industry, such as pharmaceutical sales, teaching, environmental management and conservation, forensic science, medicine, research, and more. It is a valuable foundation for graduate programs in health-related fields, genetics, and marine biology--fields pursued by recent graduates of our biology program.

Bridget Hoffman, Biology Week 2018 
Bridgett Hoffman, a freshman forensic science major,
holds a turtle during a “Meet the Animals” event.

Additional Information

Wetland Initiative Internship

The Wetlands Initiative is a conservation organization based in Chicago, Illinois. The internship may involve any aspect of conservation, particularly restoration of native communities.

Internship duties may include nuisance species control or removal, propagation of common or rare species, including seed collection, greenhouse production, a field installation, data collection on various research projects, or any other activities as necessary. Most projects are relatively large, usually hundreds to thousands of acres. Supervision is mainly done by William Sluis, Ph.D., Trine University.

Past Internships

Many other internships and research opportunities have revolved around lake water quality or environmental quality.

  • Brandi Kunce Foster, a 2006 graduate, did a summer internship with Pokagon State Park in their wastewater treatment plant.
  • At Astbury Water Technology, Natalie Bramel, a 2010 graduate, tested drinking water for contaminants and wastewater for suspended solids and bacteria.
  • As the ecology director at Camp Chief Little Turtle, Courtney Daniels (class of 2012) not only gained experience in her chosen field and confidence in herself, she helped change the lives of over 1,000 boy scouts over the course of the summer internship at the camp.

Other students have done independent research projects with individual professors at Trine.

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

Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.