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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

Plant Biology—Environmental Biology Major (B.S.)

Special curriculum; major code BS2113

A major in Environmental Biology provides rigorous preparation, potentially leading to graduate-level training and/or entry level jobs in research, teaching, natural resource management, conservation planning, or science administration. You will receive a strong conceptual understanding of environmental and plant biology, competency with important tools and techniques, and a good background in the natural sciences. The program draws on supporting courses in geography, geology, mathematics, animal biology, physics, and chemistry. It is suggested that students completing this major also obtain the Environmental Studies Certificate. Students are expected to do research in the labs of faculty members or carry out an internship. Graduates of this program are working (for example) in urban forestry, directing the ecological restoration of strip mines, teaching in various colleges and universities, and collecting medicinal plants in Africa. Several graduates have gone into environmental law.

This program differs from other environmental science programs at Ohio University in that it focuses on plants, which are the foundation of life on earth and, hence, critical to an understanding of environmental science. Students graduating with this major will have marketable skills in plant identification, vegetation survey techniques, statistics, experimental design, and applied computer technology.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

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

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences

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

Required PBIO courses consist of a minimum of 53 hours, including:

One course from the following:

Additional PBIO Courses

Additional PBIO credit hours at 200 level or above to total at least 53 hours, but no more than 80. A maximum of 6 hours of PBIO 404, 406, 407, and 490 combined may count toward the 53-hour requirement.

Recommended departmental elective:

Complete 2 additional GEOG courses from the following:

Complete the following:

  • At least 9 hours from BIOS 171, 173, or any 300- or 400-level BIOS course

Recommended electives