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The Department - The Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio University is the fulcrum of basic biological teaching and research on campus. Our mission is to provide excellent, transformative teaching experiences, and to function as a leading institution in biological research.

Research - The new Life Sciences Building opened in 2003. The University also maintains a 682 acre land lab adjacent to the campus available for both teaching and research. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the Department of Biological Sciences conduct research a wide array of biological topics spanning from molecules to ecosystems. Faculty and students develop collaborative networks both within and outside the department as they conduct their research. Within Ohio University, the Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies (OCEES), the Interdisciplinary Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program bring together researchers with common research interests from across diverse departments.
   Special research facilities available include:
  • MicroCT Scanning Facility
  • Electron microscopy facility
  • Molecular genetics and genomics facilities
  • AAALAC-accredited animal holding facilities are available for terrestrial and aquatic animals
  • 15,000 specimen vertebrate collection
  • mass spectrophotometry facilities
  • transgenic mouse facility
  • laser scanning confocal microscope
Education - The Department of Biological Sciences is the largest undergraduate degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences, with about 900 declared majors. A number of faculty in the department are specialized instructional faculty who focus on quality teaching. Undergraduate students may choose to follow a curriculum leading to a B.S. in one of the following tracks:
  • General Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Marine, Freshwater, and Environmental Biology
  • Pre-physical Therapy
  • Pre-professional Program
  • Wildlife and Conservation Biology
B.A. degrees can be earned in:
  • Environmental Biology
  • Human Biology
A minor in Biology can also be earned. Students in all tracks are encouraged to extend their educational experience by conducting undergraduate research under the guidance of a faculty member. This provides for the practical application of classroom knowledge, increases exposure to the scientific process, and cultivates skills in analytical thinking and scientific writing. Many students pursue honors degrees involving research, and present their research findings at prominent scientific meetings.