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 Program Learning Objectives:
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 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.
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 minimum 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
Department Chair: Dr. Scott Baird
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