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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Biological Sciences—Biological Sciences Major (B.S.)


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Major code BS2121

College of Arts and Sciences 
Biological Sciences Department  
Irvine Hall 107
Phone: 740.593.2290
Fax: 740.593.0300
biosci@ohio.edu
https://www.ohio.edu/cas/biosci/


Matthew White, contact person
whitem@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The B.S. degree program in biological sciences is designed for students who seek flexibility and breadth in their programs. This track is particularly well suited for students who plan to enter a biological sciences graduate program or professional school. To fulfill the minimum of 36 hours in biology, courses can be chosen to prepare for the student’s specific area of interest, while fulfilling the biology breadth requirement. This track also fulfills the needs of students interested in specializations in clinical laboratory science/medical technology, exercise physiology, or neuroscience.

Admission Information

Freshman/First Year Admission

Freshmen who would like to declare any Biology major must have a minimum Math ACT subscore of 20, equivalent Math SAT subscore (490 on tests taken prior to March 2016 or 520 on tests taken March 2016 or later), or a minimum Ohio University math placement score of PL1 to enter these programs. Students who do not meet this criterion may still earn admission to Ohio University but will not be able to enter any of the Biological Sciences majors directly. After admission to Ohio University, students may transfer into a Biological Sciences major if they have earned a grade of “C” or better in both BIOS 1700 and BIOS 1705 and have a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.5 at Ohio University.

Change of Program Policy

Current Ohio University students who would like to declare one of the Biology majors must have a minimum Math ACT subscore of 20; equivalent Math SAT subscore (490 on tests taken prior to March 2016 or 520 on tests taken March 2016 or later); a minimum Ohio University math placement score of PL1; or a grade of “C” or better in equivalent courses to both BIOS 1700 and BIOS 1705 with a minimum accumulative Ohio University GPA of 2.5.

External Transfer Admission

Transfer students who would like to declare one of the Biology majors must have a minimum Math ACT subscore of 20; equivalent Math SAT subscore (490 on tests taken prior to March 2016 or 520 on tests taken March 2016 or later); a minimum Ohio University math placement score of PL1; or a grade of “C” or better in the equivalent courses to both BIOS 1700 and BIOS 1705 with a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.5 from their previous institution.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Students who complete a program in Biological Sciences will be prepared for a wide range of careers, including, but not limited to, work in the state and federal government, higher education settings, the health industry, research laboratories, environmental organizations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nature centers, museums, etc. This track is particularly well suited for students who plan to enter a biological sciences graduate program or professional school. With careful course selection, this major will meet the prerequisites for applying to the Physician’s Assistant programs.

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Requirements

 

Major Hours Requirement


The biological science major requires a minimum of 121 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement


View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Biological Sciences Hours Requirement


Complete a total of 36 semester hours of BIOS coursework, including all of the requirements below. Note: 1000- and 2000-level courses not specifically required by the major will not count toward the BIOS hours requirement, but they may be used to fulfill University graduation requirements.

Biological Sciences Sub-Requirements


Complete one course or course group in three of the following five sub-requirements.

Sub-Requirement 1: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior


Complete one of the following courses:

Sub-Requirement 2: Form and Function


Complete one of the following courses or course group:

Or complete the following Human Anatomy course group:


Sub-Requirement 3: Microbes


Complete the following course:

Sub-Requirement 4: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology


Complete one of the following courses or course group:

Or complete the following Biochemistry course group:


Sub-Requirement 5: Physiology and Body Systems


Complete the following course or course group:

Or complete one Human Physiology course group:


Biological Sciences Upper Level Laboratory Courses


Complete additional Biological Sciences courses at the 3000 level or above to meet the 36 credit hour requirement. At least three laboratory courses at the 3000 level or above must be included in the 36 hours.

Extradepartmental Requirements


Complete five sub-requirements.

Sub-Requirement 1: Intro Chemistry


Complete the following courses:

Sub-Requirement 2: Mathematics


Complete the following course:

Sub-Requirement 3: Organic Chemistry


Complete the following course or course group:

Sub-Requirement 4: Physics


Complete one of the following course group options:

Introduction to Physics course group option


Complete the following courses:

General Physics course group option


Complete the following courses:

Sub-Requirement 5: Statistics


Complete one of the following:

Special Interest Options


Students in the Biological Sciences track also have the option of pursuing one of the following special interests. Contact the preprofessional advisor by the end of the sophomore year to be assigned an appropriate faculty advisor.

Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Technology


Students in any biological sciences major track may choose to enter a clinical laboratory sciences internship provide they have taken Microbiology (BIOS 3210), Immunology (BIOS 4860, 4865), and Human Physiology (BIOS 3450). The internship year in a licensed clinical facility qualifies a student to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists registry exam to become a registered medical technologist. The program prepares students to work in hospitals, public health facilities, forensic biology organizations, and medical diagnosis laboratories, or to go on to graduate or professional education. Students registered at Ohio University may count courses taken during this period toward total credit hours in Biological Sciences.

Exercise Physiology


Students interested in exercise physiology may take courses designed to prepare for graduate studies in exercise or applied physiology. These students should take Human Anatomy (BIOS 3010), Human Physiology (BIOS 3450, 3455), and Physiology of Exercise (BIOS 4450, 4455). Biomechanics and Applied Kinesiology (EXPH 3200 and 3205) is also highly recommended.

Neuroscience


Students interested in graduate study in neuroscience or neuroscience research in conjunction with a health professional career should consider this option. Specialized neuroscience courses are required in the junior and senior years. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue undergraduate research, since neuroscience careers almost exclusively involve research. Stipends and support for research are available, by application, during the summer of the third year.

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