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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Biological Sciences—Marine, Freshwater, and Environmental Biology Major (B.S.)


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Major code BS2126

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

Biological Sciences provides this program for undergraduate majors who are interested in careers studying marine and freshwater organisms and their environments. Students focusing on terrestrial environments should consider the wildlife and conservation biology track. Courses meet the requirements for admission to graduate programs in marine biology, zoology, ecology, and conservation biology. The program also provides the necessary background for jobs with state and federal agencies (i.e., USDA or EPA) charged with environmental protection, research and monitoring, and information collection. Tier II social science electives can be chosen to meet the requirements of the Environmental Studies Certificate. For federal job and employment information, see http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/.

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

Courses meet the requirements for admission to graduate programs in marine biology, zoology, ecology, and conservation biology. The program also provides the necessary background for jobs with state and federal agencies (i.e., USDA or EPA) charged with environmental protection, research and monitoring, and information collection.

Requirements

 

Major Hours Requirement


The marine, freshwater, and environmental biology major requires a minimum of 123 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 37 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.

Aquatic


Complete one of the following courses:

Ecology


Complete one of the following courses:

Molecular, Cellular, Physiology


Complete one course from the following:

Organismal


Complete one of the following courses:

Internship


Complete an internship for a minimum of 2 credit hours:

Biological Sciences Upper Level Laboratory Courses


Complete additional Biological Sciences courses at the 3000 level or above to meet the 37 credit hour requirement. At least three laboratory courses at the 3000 level or above must be included in the 37 hours.

Extradepartmental Requirements


Complete five sub-requirements.

Sub-Requirement 1: Chemistry


Complete the following courses:

Organic Chemistry


 Complete either the following course or course group option:

Organic Chemistry course group option

Complete the following courses:

Sub-Requirement 2: Mathematics


Complete the following course:

Sub-Requirement 3: 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 4: Statistics


Complete one of the following courses:

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