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Biological Sciences Undergraduate Degrees



Why are there so many different biology majors?

Biological Sciences is such a broad field that can prepare a student for so many different career paths, we offer seven Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees, two Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees, and a Biology minor.

Which major should you choose if you want to go to medical school?

The Biological Sciences-Preprofessional major (BS 2127), is designed with the required coursework to support preparation for applying to health professions programs. ln addition to medical school, this track prepares students for professional programs in Dentistry, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine. Another option for pre-health majors is Biological Sciences (BS2121), a flexible major that allows you to choose upper-level science coursework incorporating the pre-requisites required for your chosen professional program.



What are the special interest options in Biological Sciences?

Students in the general Biological Sciences major BS2121 have the option of pursuing a special interest in Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Technology, Neuroscience, or Exercise Physiology. The option includes designated upper-level coursework in the area of interest and possible inclusion of research and/or internship experience.


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Admission Requirements

First-year students who would like to declare any major in Biological Sciences need a minimum Ohio University math placement score of PL1 (math placement 1) or ACT Math score 20-23 or SAT Math Score 520-579. Admitted students can activate their OHIO ID and take the Math placement before the Bobcat Student Orientation. We are going test optional this year but the department would highly recommend you  to submit your ACT or SAT scores if available. If you do not have a standardized test score, please take the OHIO Math and Chemistry placement before the Bobcat Student Orientation.

Explore Your Passion | In the Lab | In the Wild

Imagine studying how bacteria cause diseases in humans or studying the causes of Alzheimer's disease or diabetes. Imagine evaluating the impacts of highway construction on wildlife populations. Or interning with the Ohio EPA or in the biotechnology industry. Or studying diseases affecting wild bat populations, or even tracking elusive bobcats in the Wayne National Forest. Or taking a 3+3 assured pathway into OHIO's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. All these opportunities are available to students majoring in Biology @ OHIO.

If you are looking for outstanding instructors, look no further. All of our courses and laboratories are taught by committed faculty who are expert in their field. Our laboratory courses in microbiology, anatomy, and physiology offer quality instruction utilizing the very latest equipment and techniques. Field courses in ecology, ornithology, mammalogy, and freshwater biology utilize the rich environment of Southeast Ohio to provide quality educational experiences.

Our best students participate in undergraduate research with our renowned faculty, whether as paid assistants, as volunteers, or for course credit. Undergraduate research is a great experience (and great fun) whether you are interested in graduate school or you just want to get hands-on experience.

We are also very proud of the support services we have in place to help our students succeed at every level. These include our Peer-Led Team Learning groups, the Biology Advising Resource Room, and the Pre-Professional Advising office. You will be able to find the guidance and support you need to succeed!

Which Major Should You Choose if You Want to Go to Medical School?


About Biological Sciences at Ohio University

The aim of the undergraduate program in Biological Sciences is to provide a transformative educational experience, and to prepare students for top professional schools, graduate programs, a wide range of careers, and civic involvement.

Students in Biological Sciences are exposed to historical and current perspectives on the biological sciences, theoretical and practical applications of scientific knowledge, cutting-edge laboratory techniques, abundant field opportunities, and internship experiences. Our academic and professional advising system provides each student with an advisor knowledgeable in the student's chosen concentration. In addition, we also have a dedicated pre-professional advising office.

About the B.S. in Biological Sciences

Within the Biological Sciences major, there are seven curricular majors leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, each oriented toward a specific field of biology. Every major includes broad exposure to all fields of biology, from molecules to ecosystems.

About the B.A. in Biological Sciences

There are two curricular tracks leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences: one with a human health emphasis, and one in environmental biology. Both provide a sound science background, but include more of an exposure to the social sciences than is provided by a B.S. degree. This interdisciplinary approach gives students the flexibility to prepare for a wide range of higher education and career opportunities in health, social service, and environmental fields.