Ohio University

Human Biology Major B.A.

  • For students interested in public policy, public health, law
  • Preparation for graduate school in occupational therapy, genetic counseling, and, with careful choice of electives, physician assistant and physical therapy programs

Major code: BA2128

Faculty Contact: Dr. Robert Colvin

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements & Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

The B.A. with a major in Biological Sciences–Human Biology is designed for students interested in human biology and its application to allied health care professions (e.g., occupational therapy, genetic counseling, and, with careful choice of electives, physician assistant and physical therapy programs).

This curriculum also is suitable for students who wish to enter law, public health, and health policy fields with a strong science background.

It provides a biology-enriched program for liberal arts students by requiring some basic genetics, neuroscience, ecology, and human reproductive physiology within the major, as well as psychology, sociology, and geography courses outside the department.

Students in this track might want to consider a minor in a social science discipline, such as psychology, sociology, or anthropology.

Note: Students interested in medical, dental, or veterinary schools should follow a B.S. track.

Careers and Graduate School

Students can pursue careers in occupational therapy, genetic counseling, and, with careful choice of electives, physician assistant and physical therapy programs. This curriculum is also suitable for students who wish to enter law, public health, and health policy fields with a strong science background.

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Admissions 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.

Degree Requirements

Major Hours Requirement

The biological science major requires a minimum of 123 hours.

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Human Biology Requirements

Complete a total of 36 semester hours of BIOS coursework, including the four sub-requirements.

Human Biology Core Sub-Requirement

Complete the following courses

  • BIOS 1700 - Biological Sciences I: Molecules and Cells Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1705 - Biological Sciences I Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 1710 - Biological Sciences II: Ecology, Evolution, Animal Body Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1715 - Biological Sciences II Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 2050 - Human Biology: Sex and Reproduction Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 2060 - Drugs and the Brain Credit Hours: 3.0

Complete one of the following Genetics courses:

  • BIOS 2250 - Genetics in Human Society Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3100 - General Genetics Credit Hours: 3.0

Anatomy Sub-Requirement

Complete either the Human Biology or Human Anatomy course group option.

Human Biology course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • BIOS 2030 - Human Biology II: Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 2035 - Human Biology II Laboratory: Functional Anatomy Credit Hours: 1.0
Human Anatomy course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • BIOS 3010 - Human Anatomy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3015 - Human Anatomy Lab Credit Hours: 1.0

Microbiology and Physiology Sub-Requirement

Complete the following courses:

  • BIOS 3210 - General Microbiology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • BIOS 3450 - Human Physiology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3455 - Human Physiology Laboratory Credit Hours: 2.0

Human Biology Electives Sub-Requirement

Complete nine credit hours from the following:

  • BIOS 3200 - Fundamentals of Animal Cell Biology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 3205 - Cell and Microbiology Techniques Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 3640 - Forensic Biology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4130 - Human Neuroscience Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4135 - Human Neuroscience Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 4230 - Pathogenic Bacteriology Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 4410 - Parasitology Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 4440 - Tropical Disease Biology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4450 - Physiology of Exercise Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4455 - Physiology of Exercise Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BIOS 4500 - Principles of Endocrinology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 4860 - Immunology Credit Hours: 2.0
  • BIOS 4865 - Immunology Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • NUTR 4320 - Diabetes From Bench to Bedside Credit Hours: 3.0

Extradepartmental Requirements

Complete four sub-requirements.

Sub-Requirement 1: Chemistry

Complete one of the following course group options:

Principles of Chemistry course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1210 - Principles of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0
Fundamentals of Chemistry course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1510 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1520 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0
Chemistry combined course group option

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1510 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0

Sub-Requirement 2: Mathematics

Complete the following course:

  • MATH 1300 - Pre-Calculus Credit Hours: 4.0

Sub-Requirement 3: Physics

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2001 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PHYS 2002 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0

Sub-Requirement 4: Other Courses

Complete six courses.

  • NUTR 1000 - Introduction to Nutrition Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PSY 1010 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PSY 2110 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours: 4.0
  • SOC 1000 - Introduction to Sociology Credit Hours: 3.0
Anthropology/Geography

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ANTH 1010 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 1200 - Human Geography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 2400 - Environmental Geography Credit Hours: 3.0
Psychology

Complete one of the following courses:

  • PSY 2410 - Child and Adolescent Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PSY 2710 - Abnormal Psychology Credit Hours: 3.0