AQ Difference

The biology program at Aquinas College provides biology majors and minors with a broad, yet detailed background in biology that will prepare them to compete for jobs, internships and positions in graduate school or pre-professional programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physician assistance, physical therapy and other allied health professions.
General education courses in biology provide liberal arts majors with an exposure to the methodologies biologists use to investigate the world around them, and sufficient background to understand and discuss biological concepts they will encounter in the popular press and media.
Outstanding Seniors Mission Statement Career Opportunities Why AQ?
Outstanding Senior Award 2014
Senior Awards









Graduating seniors Trent Schmeling and Jamaal Tarpeh were honored as the Biology Department's Outstanding Senior for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Aquinas College Biology Department is to provide an environment that fosters learning, critical thinking, and scientific literacy through courses in molecular, cellular, organismal and environmental biology. Through excellence in classroom instruction, laboratory experiences that support critical concepts and opportunities for independent research, we strive to prepare students to pursue careers in the life sciences and health professions.
Career Opportunities

Why Biology?  What can I do with my biology major?

Health Professions: Education:
Patient Contact: Behind the Scenes:
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Optometrist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Veterinarian
  • Biomedical Research
  • Genetics Research
  • Lab Technician
  • High school biology teacher
  • College professor
  • Environmental educator
Industrial Applications: Environmental Applications:
  • Pharmaceuticals: Research, Sales
  • Food processing: Research, Quality assurance
  • Cosmetics/personal health care: Research, Quality assurance
  • Biotechnology: Molecular biology, Bioengineering
  • Wildlife management
  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental research
  • Environmental protection
  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental law
Why Aquinas?
Why biology at Aquinas?  How is Aquinas different from other colleges?
Small Class Sizes: Faculty Availability:
  • Personal Attention
  • You'll know your classmates
  • Freedom to ask questions
  • Hands-on lab experiences
  • Faculty teach their own labs
  • Help available outside of class
  • Advice on curriculum and career options
  • Meaningful recommendation letters
Opportunities for research:
  • Medical: Van Andel Institute
  • Industrial: Amway Corporation
  • Environmental: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
  • On-campus: Mohler/Thompson Program

Over 70% of med school applicants recommended by our Pre-health Committee were accepted over the past fifteen years.
Aquinas biology graduates have attended medical, veterinary and graduate schools all over the country.
Senior biology majors at Aquinas annually rank at the 75th percentile nationally on the standardized Major Field Test.