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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Biological Sciences—Environmental Biology Major (B.A.)


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Major code BA2129

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.A. with a major in biological sciences—environmental biology provides students with a foundation in basic and organismal biology, as well as an exposure to the social sciences. Students study the ecology, evolution, behavior, and natural history of animals, along with plant biology, geography, geology, philosophy, and political science. The environmental biology track is designed to serve students who are interested in natural resource management, public policy, law, or who wish to enter graduate programs in wildlife or environmental studies. Students who complete this curriculum will also complete the requirement for the undergraduate Environmental Studies Certificate. Students might want to consider a minor in geography or environmental health sciences.

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

The environmental biology track is designed to serve students who are interested in natural resource management, public policy, law or who wish to enter graduate programs in wildlife or environmental studies. Students with a degree in environmental biology can secure positions with employers such as the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental consulting firms, research laboratories, nonprofit organizations, plant treatment plants, zoos, etc.

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Requirements

 

Major Hours Requirement


The environmental biology major requires a minimum of 124 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) .

Environmental Biology Requirements


Complete a total of 29 semester hours of BIOS coursework, including the four sub-requirements.

Complete one of the following Genetics courses:


Microbiology Sub-Requirement


Complete one of the following course group options:

Course group option


Complete the following courses:

Tier 3 Equivalent Sub-Requirement


Complete one of the following courses:

Environmental Biology Electives Sub-Requirement


Complete at least two of the following courses:

Extradepartmental Requirements


Complete five sub-requirements.

Sub-Requirement 1: Chemistry


Complete one of the following course group options:

Principles of Chemistry course group option


Complete the following courses:

Fundamentals of Chemistry course group option


Complete the following courses:

Chemistry combined course group option


Complete the following courses:
 

Sub-Requirement 2: Mathematics


Complete the following course:

Sub-Requirement 3: Physics


Complete the following course:

Sub-Requirement 4: Statistics


Complete one of the following:

Sub-Requirement 5: Environmental Studies Certificate


Complete one course in each of the following four components.

Introduction to Environmental Studies


Complete one of the following courses:

Social Sciences and Humanities


Complete one of the following courses:

Synthesis


Complete one of the following courses:

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