The Department of Biological Sciences offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, and Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science. We offer four options within the Bachelor of Science: an exercise biology option, a bioinformatics option, a microbiology and immunology option, and an ecology option. A preparatory program in Allied Health Areas is available, along with a dual major program in chemistry.
There are minimum grade requirements for departmental courses in each of the undergraduate degree programs. See specific program requirements for details.
The teaching and research programs of the department are conducted in modern, well-equipped classrooms and laboratories. A 200-acre biology preserve on campus and nearby parks and preserves, such as the Beavercreek Wetlands, provide excellent opportunities for terrestrial and aquatic field studies. Students must plan their individual programs of study with the help of a departmental advisor to be sure they are meeting university, college, and departmental requirements. Many undergraduate students include faculty-guided, independent research projects in their academic programs.
Clinical Laboratory Science (Previously Medical Technology)
The Clinical Laboratory Science program includes three years of prescribed study at Wright State University and a one-year clinical laboratory curriculum in a clinical laboratory science program accredited by the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education through the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL. 60018. Upon successfully completing the program, students receive the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree. They also become eligible to take the national certification examination given by the Board of Certification for Medical Laboratory Scientists (ASCP) and the CLS examination administered by the National Certification Agency for Laboratory Personnel. Through special arrangements, students may obtain their clinical education in other programs of clinical laboratory science accredited by the NAACLS, after they receive approval from the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.
In the fall semester of their preclinical year, students apply, through the department, for admission into the clinical laboratory program. Criteria used to determine admission include the academic record, letters of recommendation, and results of a personal interview. The number of positions in each class for the clinical year program is limited.
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science Degree
Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course used to fulfill the departmental requirements and clinical program requirements of this degree.
Clinical Laboratory Science Clinical Year Program
The College of Science and Mathematics offers a comprehensive Clinical Laboratory Science Clinical Year Program that provides participating students with the academic preparation and clinical skills needed to be a qualified practitioner. The curriculum begins in
May and includes one semester of basic lecture/laboratory courses on campus, followed by two semesters of supervised clinical rotations in twelve cooperating affiliated clinical facilities: Atrium Medical Center, Children’s Medical Center (Dayton and Cincinnati), CompuNet Clinical Laboratory, Grandview Health Network, Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center, , Reid Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, Kettering Medical Center, Springfield Regional Hospital, , Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Community Blood Center. Upon successfully completing the program, students are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree, provided they meet the requirements for the degree as stated in this catalog.
Biological Sciences Honors Program
An honors program allows qualified students to carry out independent projects under the guidance of faculty sponsors. Students who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.4 during the preceding three quarters may apply to the Department of Biological Sciences to pursue an honors program. Application for admission to the program should be made during the student’s junior year. Students interested in the honors program should contact the departmental office.
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