MajorMinor3YRBachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
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Thrive Beyond the Lab.

As a Biology major at Butler, our commitment is to equip you with the comprehensive skills necessary to thrive as a versatile and well-rounded scientist. The program is designed to prepare you for success in diverse fields, ensuring that you can excel not only in biological and medical research but also in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, business, law, education, government, and biotechnology, among many others.

The intentionally crafted curriculum provides students with a solid scientific foundation, complemented by training in literature, laboratory techniques, experimental design, and effective communication skills. As evidenced by our high placement rate, graduates from Butler’s Biology program embark on successful and fulfilling careers across the entire country, making meaningful contributions in a wide range of professions.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program include:

  • BI 111 – Contemporary Issues in Biology
  • BI 210 – Genetics – Fundamentals
  • BI 250 – Biostatistics – Fundamentals
  • BI 299 – Biology Seminar
  • BI 480 – Biology Capstone

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Three-Year Program

The Biology major can be completed in a total of three years, which includes completing coursework during both summer terms. More information can be found here.

The Butler Advantage

Biology students should show mastery of various types of learning during their progression through different types of courses in the major. By the time they complete the Biology major, students should be able to:

Demonstrate content knowledge and proficiency in using and explaining techniques essential to the study of fundamental areas of biology: genetics, cellular and molecular biology, and ecology and evolutionary biology.

Use and apply scientific literature properly to ask and answer questions in the biological science; communicate scientific ideas, concepts, and findings through writing and speaking.

Design experiments and collect, analyze, and interpret data using graphical and statistical analyses, in order to evaluate hypotheses.

Evaluate the reciprocal ways in which scientific endeavors and inherent structural inequities impact scientific progress, societal practices, and the people who get to contribute to and benefit from science.  

Articulate the historical and current contributions of diverse ideas, experiences, and backgrounds to the advancement of science and the betterment of society.  

Mentoring is crucial to success for college students.

“We do our best to support our students and their success both in and out of the classroom to ensure that from the moment our students walk through the door, they have the mentorship they need to aim high and find what they need.”

Christopher Stobart
Associate Professor, Biology

Sciences Complex

Butler’s new Sciences Complex includes high-tech classrooms that promote learning by doing, labs that mimic the set-up at top research companies, and work spaces encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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