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. Within the B.S. degree, we offer a specialized track in Applied Physiology and Life Sciences Licensure. Students can also focus their studies in health professions (e.g., medicine, dentistry, optometry). Students plan their individual programs of study with the help of departmental advisors.
The teaching and research programs of the department are conducted in modern, well-equipped classrooms and laboratories. Our curriculum fosters critical thinking and scientific reasoning, and many courses, including cell culture, biostatistics, cell and molecular laboratory, and others, build particular skills. 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. Many undergraduate students include faculty-guided, independent research projects in their academic programs.
The Bachelor of Science curriculum offers a broad, integrated, and in-depth approach to the life sciences. Departmental requirements consist of a balanced core of courses selected from several subject areas, combined with elective courses from the Department of Biological Sciences and other life science departments such as Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Physiology, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
Within this degree, several options are available to students. Programs of study can accommodate students with such differing interests and objectives as graduate work in molecular biology, laboratory work in microbiology, or field work in ecology. Programs also satisfy the curricular requirements for educational licensure and admission to professional schools in health sciences, including human and veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, dentistry and others.
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 the departmental office.
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