Toledo Campus: Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology


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Explore a major built on a strong foundation in the natural sciences

The Biology program at Mercy College of Ohio is a major built on a strong foundation in the natural sciences. With its small classes and doctorally-prepared faculty, students will work collaboratively in the lab and on research projects, which are designed to enhance student scholarship at the undergraduate level.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology program courses begin in the fall semester (August) however students can be admitted and begin taking pre-requisite and general education courses toward their program of choice in the fall semester (August), spring semester (January), or summer semester (May).

Graduates would be prepared to take jobs immediately as laboratory technicians for research laboratories in academia or pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, etc.

Graduates from this pre-professional degree program would be prepared to enter graduate schools to pursue professions as:

  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Research Scientists
  • Medicine careers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Podiatrists

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Biology seeks to prepare graduates for various fields of medicine and graduate study. This degree program will present students with a strong, relevant, and current foundation in the basic sciences. Graduates will be prepared to go on to medical school, physician assistant programs, or other professional fields of medicine, as well as graduate school for work as a research scientist. Students completing this degree program would also be eligible for immediate employment as a science lab technician in an academic setting or in industry.

Mercy College offers students interested in the areas listed below a well-rounded education through the Biology program.

  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Pre-Professional

Have you considered the study of Chiropractic medicine?

Chiropractic medicine focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and their effects on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to pain in the back, neck and the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic — often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians — practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to healthcare that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Mercy College of Ohio and Logan University have an articulation agreement that shortens the time to achieve both a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic degree by one year.

Sample program of study for Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

Curriculum effective Fall 2019. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2019, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biology major, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding and application of scientific principles.
  2. Integrate critical thinking skills to examine and interpret biological questions.
  3. Skillfully collect and analyze scientific data.
  4. Locate, evaluate and communicate analytical information.
  5. Enter graduate schools or scientific fields.

Program Outcomes

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    Program outcomes data for Bachelor of Science in Biology


Frequently Asked Questions

Common Career Paths

Sales representative for science and medical companies

Research technician for cosmetic companies.

Laboratory technician for a variety of industries (biotech, food, pharmaceutical industries, etc.)


Pharmaceutical representative

Educator at community organizations

Continue Your Education

B.S.-Biology +1 year
  • Masters in Education for teaching.
    Pathology Assistant (Forensics, Autopsy medical teams, laboratories, etc.)
    Medical Laboratory Science

    Biology degree and two years of post graduate school

    Masters degree in a specific area of science to prepare for research or teaching
    Physician Assistant
B.S.-Biology +2 years
  • Master degree in specific science area advancement in job
  • Physician Assistant
Logan University Agreement 3+3 years
  • Learn more about our Articulation Agreement with Logan University.
  • Begin with Mercy College – first 3 years
  • Transfer to Logan for Chiropractic School for 3 years
  • Earn a Bachelor in Science – Biology from Mercy College and a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Logan University
B.S.-Biology + 4 or more years
  • PhD in Specific Area – Teach at Collegiate Level, conduct research, hold major positions at Biotech firms, pharmaceutical companies, etc.
  • Medical School
  • Optometry School
  • Veterinary School
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy

Admission Requirements

Any Mercy College student in good standing can declare a biology major. High school science courses (Biology and Chemistry with a lab) or their college equivalents, must be taken within the past seven years with a “C” or better prior to the first semester. For a student to progress to semester III of the program, the mathematics pre-requisites must be met. (High school courses or their college equivalents within the past seven years with a "C" or better include Algebra I; Algebra II and Trigonometry or Pre- Calculus or an integrated sequence of advanced math courses (Statistics, Business Math, and/or computer courses will not fulfill this requirement). All program courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; a grade of “B” or higher preferred, to progress through the program and for graduation.