2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
    Dec 06, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Biological Sciences, BS


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Program Description:

The Department of Biological Sciences offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. Students can focus their studies in health professions (e.g., medicine, dentistry, optometry), molecular & cellular biology, microbiology, conservation biology, and ecology.

Our curriculum fosters critical thinking and scientific reasoning, with a breadth of courses. 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, as do field-based courses like ornithology and Amazon ecology.

Biological Sciences Honors Program

An honors program allows qualified students to carry out sustained independent projects under the guidance of faculty sponsors. Students who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.4 during the preceding two semesters 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 Meredith Rodgers at 937-775-2374.

Biological Sciences, BS, Biology Education Concentration Program Description:

Students interested in teaching biology in Ohio public high schools may pursue their B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and upon completion they will enter the M.Ed graduate program in the College of Health, Education, and Human Services for licensure. Minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in biology include successfully completing the required courses, with a GPA of at least 2.25 for all biology-specific courses, as well as completing university and college degree requirements.

Biological Sciences Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences will be able to:

Demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge of essential concepts of biology at molecular, organismal, and ecosystem scales.

Demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge of concepts in chemistry and physics necessary to understand the foundations of biology.

Utilize mathematics and statistics to apply quantitative reasoning to biological concepts.

Evaluate data using quantitative analysis and graphical representation.

Apply observational strategies, formulate testable hypotheses, and design experiments with appropriate controls and variables.

Exhibit problem solving skills and trouble-shoot procedures.

Effectively communicate biological concepts and interpretations to varied audiences orally and in writing.

Discuss the ethical implications of biological understanding and discoveries.

 

Biological Sciences, BS, Biology Education Concentration Learning Outcomes:

Students completing a Bachelor of Science, BS, Biology Education Sciences Concentration will be able to:

Demonstrate current best practices of inquiry and educational pedagogical theory.

Design and implement AYA-level curriculum and lessons.

Demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge of pedagogical best practices through formative and summative assessments.

Observe and participate in field placement teaching.

Participate in diversity and inclusivity training and exhibit correct responses across all teaching domains.

 

Departmental Entrance Requirements

For admission into the Department of Biological Sciences, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • completion of a least 15 semester hours with a miniumu GPA of 2.00 overall
  • completion of at least one semester course in general biology (BIO1120 or 1150) with a grade of “C” or higher

After review by a departmental advisor, students will be notified via email of their acceptance.  Once accepted, students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor who will help develop a program of study.

For more information about undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences, please contact:

College of Science and Mathematics Advising Center
106 Oelman Hall
(937) 775-3180
bioadvising@wright.edu

Department Chair:  Dr. Scott Baird

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Biological Sciences, BS Program Requirements:






Note: For graduation credit, all CoSM courses require a grade of C or better.

l. Wright State Core: 43 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours


Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Additional Core Courses: 10 Hours


III. Departmental Requirements and Electives: 31 Hours


Select 31 credits from approved 3000- and 4000- level courses. Among those selected:

  • At least two course must include a lab component.
  • At least 21 credits must have a BIO or MLB prefix.  (Up to 5 credit hours of Independent Study can be used.  Independent Study is to be arranged by the student and the professor and can include BIO 4880  - Indpendent Reading, BIO 4900  - Internship, BIO 4990  - Research, BIO 4950  - Honors Research. Up to 8 hours of Honors Research can be used. Up to 3 hours of BIO 3990  - Undergrad Teaching Assistant can be used.  3.0 required for BIO 3990.)
  • At most 10 credits may have a prefix of ANT, BMB, EES, PPH, CHM, MI, MTH, NEU, STT, PHY, PSY.
  • Maximum of 6 cr hrs of online courses
  • Maximum of 5 cr hrs of MLB course
  • Must include 1 of the following capstone or department approved courses:  BIO4000, 4020, 4920, 4240, 4460, 4730, 4800, 4110, 3920 (Honors only).

V. General Electives: 5 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

Biological Sciences, BS, Biology Education Concentration Program Requirements:


Note: for graduation credit, all CoSM courses require a grade or C or better.

I. Wright State Core: 43 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours


Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Additional Core Courses: 10 Hours


lll. Department Requirements and Electives: 18 Hours


Select 18 credits from approved 3000- and 4000- level BIO courses. Must include at least one BIO4020.

  • Up to 5 credit hours of Independent Study can be used.  Independent Study is to be arranged by the student and the professor and can include BIO 4880 - Indpendent Reading, BIO 4900 - Internship, BIO 4990 - Research, BIO 4950 - Honors Research. Up to 8 hours of Honors Research can be used. Up to 3 hours of BIO 3990 - Undergrad Teaching Assistant can be used.  3.0 required for BIO 3990.)

Vl: General Electives: 13 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


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