Whatever your scientific interests, be ready to hit the ground running in the Department of Biology and Earth Science.

Department of Biology & Earth Science

Be ready to hit the ground running in the Biology and Earth Science department! We offer a rigorous curriculum that provides a strong foundation in the sciences, while preparing students for a variety of exciting postgraduate endeavors, including employment and graduate or professional school. From the very first year, students are actively engaged in the classroom, laboratory, and field as they take classes in each of the diverse areas offered by the department:

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Student, Faculty, & Alumni Spotlights

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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Dr. Bennett has been very important in shaping my academic experience — the opportunity to join her lab, help with the path to medical school and she helped me get a poster presentation accepted at the ASM Microbe conference.

John Peck ‘21

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
John’s learned that “no task is too great if you’re willing to work hard and surround yourself with the right people.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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Otterbein has not only prepared me academically for the rigor of medical school, but has taught and stretched me in what is more important than a GPA: service. Otterbein has given me tools to meet people where they are.

Megan McClain ’21

Biochemistry and Molecular Biolory
Calling Otterbein a safe and supportive environment, Megan says “Otterbein focuses on not just making a great student, but a great person.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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Otterbein is preparing me to take my next steps by providing me with world-class internship opportunities that are furthering my career in meaningful ways. Only at Otterbein have I been able to branch out from my major with the flexibility to discover and explore new passions.

Aidan Tansey ’22

Zoo & Conservation Science
Xổ số ba điểm Aidan says Otterbein’s real world skills, professional experiences and networking opportunities make it hard to imagine going anywhere else.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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The support from faculty, my peers, and the university has given me the confidence to travel to places ranging from Thailand to North Dakota to develop my career while working to solve real-world problems.

Abbey Dunn ’19

Biology, Environmental Science, Zoo & Conservation Science Triple Major
Otterbein has helped me grow into the young professional I am today. I am so grateful to call Otterbein my alma mater!

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You will have the opportunity to join research projects as early as your first year at Otterbein and may also present your work at a national conference or publish it in a peer-reviewed journal.

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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Mindful connections in a community of Otterbein peers and integrative studies fostered Mina Makary’s creative growth by teaching him different ways to think. Dr. Makary continues to honor what he learned at Otterbein by utilizing “outside of the box” thinking and creative skills as an interventional radiologist, where medical imaging is used to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures that diagnose, treat and cure many kinds of conditions.​

Mina Makary ’09, MD, DABR

Learn more about this 2020 Otterbein Alumni Research Achievement Award Winner >

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MEET OUR NEWEST FACULTY MEMBERS

Brandon T. Sinn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor​

Research: Plant genome evolution, speciation, morphology, and conservation.

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Alicia M. Rich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor​

Research: The health, development, and genetics of human and nonhuman primates.

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

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I wanted to really focus on bringing in scientists of color, female scientists and scientists of different nationalities to speak to my students as a way to show them how a diverse field of knowledge benefits us all.

Dr. Anna Young, Associate Profesor

Director, Zoo & Conservation Science Program

Learn more about Dr. Young’s innovative teaching methods that were recognized with an internationally renowned teaching award. >

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I really value the close, personal relationships that I’m able to have with my students. A critical aspect of my teaching happens outside the classroom when I collaboratively work with students both in the lab and field on undergraduate theses.

Dr. Sarah Bouchard, Professor

2020 Otterbein Teacher of the Year

Learn more about Otterbein’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Bouchard and her work as a physiological ecologist and researcher. >

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

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Congratulations to Professor Casey J. Tucker for receiving the 2020 Teaching in General Education award at Otterbein University.

Dr. Casey J. Tucker, Adjunct Faculty

Learn more Dr. Tucker’s thoughts as an educator who considers himself a door-opener to help students fulfill their own goals. >

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Scholarships

Xổ số ba điểmWe believe in investing in talent — from research funding to travel support to scholarships that will fuel your discovery and learning.

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Facilities

Explore the state-of-the-art Science Complex and its 96,000 square feet of discipline-specific laboratories, research space and classrooms.

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Internships

You are encouraged to take advantage of Otterbein’s many connections and partnerships for professional internships that literally span the world.

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Student Research

Xổ số ba điểm“Research helped me think critically and develop skills — it also taught me that life will always be a learning process.” What will you discover?

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Travel Opportunities

Student Organizations

Whether it’s a BMB Tea to chart Oreo flavors or traveling to offer global medical relief, we have many student organizations and other ways to get involved.

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Travel Experiences

Count the shark population off the coast of Africa. Explore the coral reefs and rainforests of Belize. Prepare medicine from local plants in Costa Rica.

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Part-Time Teaching Awards Honorees Display Full-Time Passion for Education and Students


News - November 17, 2020
The seventh annual Otterbein University Part-time Faculty Awards were presented virtually on Nov. 6, 2020. Recipients of this year’s awards were Casey J. Tucker, Department of Biology and Earth Science, for the Teaching in General Education category and Wendy N. Johnston, Department of Chemistry, for the Teaching in Discipline category.  The Part-Time Faculty Awards are given out each year to honor and celebrate the contributions of part-time faculty to the campus community. There are 150 part-time faculty members at Otterbein this academic year.  “Without fail, each year it is clear that our nominees are incredibly dedicated, phenomenal…

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Student-Run Organization Donates $3000 to Fight Food Insecurity in Westerville


News - October 7, 2020
Otterbein student-run organization Kneading Minds recently donated $3,000 to Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM), a local food pantry and family outreach center. The donation was the result of two years' worth of fundraising for the group.  “It’s quite amazing that college students, who are focused on their higher learning goals, have gathered together to recognize the need for hunger awareness by investing funds directly into the community they live and learn in,” said Dana Lawrence Forsythe, WARM’s director of development and communications. “We are so grateful for this extremely generous gift and continued support from Kneading…

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Biology Professor Anna Young

Otterbein Professor is Pioneer in Bringing Scientists into her Classroom Virtually


News - October 6, 2020
Associate Professor Anna Young, director of the Zoo and Conservation Science program at Otterbein University, has long understood the benefits of remote learning. While video chat services are now a common teaching tool, Young began incorporating them into her classes in 2013, when video chats were a novel idea. Due to her innovative teaching methods, she recently received the 2020 Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award from the Animal Behavior Society.   Young recognized the need for students to see and hear diverse voices in the scientific community. With that in mind, she began hosting in-class Skype…

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Programs of Study in Biology & Earth Science

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B.A. or B.S.

Biology

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B.A. or B.S.

Zoo & Conservations Science Program: Aquarium Track

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B.A. or B.S.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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B.A. or B.S.

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Pre Professional Health Studies

B.A. or B.S.

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B.A. or B.S

Zoo & Conservation Science

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B.A.

Sustainability Studies

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