Biology Major

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Shawnee State has three outstanding degrees in biology that prepares its graduates for careers in science, as well as providing a strong preparation for students interested in graduate or professional schools.

Biomedical sciences student

In the last two years:

  • 65% of Shawnee State’s Biology (biomedical) graduates ended up attending either medical, veterinarian, or some other professional school.

Of the remaining graduates:

  • 18% entered directly into the workforce
  • 6% went to graduate school
  • 6% pursued a second baccalaureate program.


Biology students

Since 2012:

  • 79% of our program graduates have directly entered the workforce, with such careers as:
    • Epidemiologist
    • Microbiologist
    • Ecologist
  • 14% have been admitted into graduate (MS and Ph.D.) programs


Natural Sciences (biology) student

Since 2012:

  • 54% of our program graduates have directly entered the workforce, with such careers as:
    • Industrial Hygienist
    • Radiation Technician
    • Lead Quality Assurance and Quality Control Technician
  • 13% have been accepted into graduate (MS and Ph.D.) programs
  • 17% have been accepted into professional school programs, such as:
    • MS Occupational Therapy
    • MS Physician Assistant Studies



Shawnee State faculty members offer research opportunities for every student enrolled in our program, and work one-on-one with them in several dedicated research lab spaces.

  • Nine highly-qualified faculty members. Eight with Ph.D.'s in biology, one with an M.S. in biology.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities every semester.
  • Upper-division classes are small, with class sizes typically around 10 – 20 students.
  • A teaching licensure option is available with our BS Natural Sciences degree
  • Graduates have been admitted to graduate, medical, and pharmacy Schools at: The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and the University of Cincinnati.
  • We have several active biology clubs within the department that invite speakers to campus, get involved with the community, and organize social activities.
    • Our Pre-Med Club invites speakers from medical schools, organizes social activities, and helps students with the medical school application process.
    • Our Tri-Beta Club is the Xi Upsilon chapter of the βββ National Biological Honor Society. They promote research and research activities within the department.
    • Our SSU Environmental Club promotes environmental awareness, strives to increase participation in environmental affairs, and provides a framework for persons to reduce their negative impact on the environment..
  • Field-based research opportunities are available for students, including a two-week research trip to Costa-Rica that occurs during Spring/Summer.
  • The vast majority of our senior Biomedical sciences majors are accepted to one or more medical/professional school.

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Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Kimberly Inman, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
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