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Biological Sciences

The Honors Tutorial College Program in Biological Sciences offers exceptional students the opportunity to study the many aspects of biology in one-on-one interactions with Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences faculty members. 


Maximum opportunities will be afforded for the student to progress well beyond the material found in conventional courses. 


Students select either the Cellular and Molecular Biology (MCB), or Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB) track. Care is also taken to ensure that each student, depending upon particular career goals, fulfills the admission requirements for either graduate work or professional school (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, etc.). 

Program Overview

The following list of required courses is given as a guide for the students. Upon consultation with the Director of Studies, this curriculum may be modified to suit the individual interests and career goals of the students.


Core Biological Sciences Requirements

Introduction to Biological Sciences I & II, General Genetics, Animal Cell Biology, Principles of Evolutions, Principles of Physiology, and General Microbiology


MCB Specialization 

  • Human Anatomy or Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Developmental Biology, Molecular Genetics, or Mechanisms of Gene Regulation
  • Laboratory Genetics or Cell and Microbiology Techniques

EEB Specialization

  • Animal Ecology and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Four additional EEB courses: Field Ecology, Evolutionary Genetics, Animal Behavior, Population Ecology, Animal Conservation Biology, Aquatic Biology, or other EEB courses

Other Requirements

Freshman Composition 

Junior Composition 

Calculus and Statistics


Inorganic and Organic Chemistry



Senior Thesis


In addition to formal courses, tutorials must be taken every semester.


Freshman Year

In the freshman year each Biological Sciences HTC student takes group tutorials in the following subjects:

Fall: Molecular & cell biology, neurobiology, and physiology

Spring: Ecology, evolution, and behavior


Sophomore and Junior Years

In the sophomore and junior year of the program the student takes advanced tutorials. Although a tutorial may extend for more than one semester with a single faculty tutor, the Director of Studies strongly encourages taking tutorials with at least two different topics/themes each year. The student may take more than one tutorial per semester if desired.


 The format of the advanced tutorial is determined by discussion between the student and the faculty tutor. There are no limits to the field of study, and it can be taken with a faculty tutor in any department on campus upon permission. The format may include directed readings, laboratory research, field research, etc.


Senior Thesis

During the senior year in the program, each student will engage in an independent research project. Arrangements for the project will be made in consultation with the Director of Studies and a faculty thesis advisor in the area of interest. Each student is strongly encouraged to choose her or his thesis advisor by the end of fall semester of the junior year and to start designing her or his thesis project including writing the prospectus in spring semester of the junior year. 


A thesis describing the background, methods, results and conclusions of the research must be approved by the senior thesis advisor, the Director of Studies, and the Dean of the College. Senior thesis guidelines can be obtained from the Director of Studies. Seniors must present their results in a seminar during their final semester at Ohio University. Presentation of the results at scientific meetings or publication in professional journals is highly encouraged.

Evaluation of Progress

The Director of Studies will evaluate the progress of each student each semester by examining tutorial and formal course performances as well as the evaluations submitted by the tutors. Students are expected to maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA in courses required for the major and overall. At the end of each year, the Director of Studies, in collaboration with the Dean of the College, will review each student's progress with regard to aptitude for independent study, initiative, and scholarly performance. If it is felt that the student would do better in a more traditional program, or another major, the student will be so advised and assisted in transferring to another college or major.


Applicants are expected to have a high school class rank in the top ten percent and to have achieved a composite ACT score of 30 or a combined SAT score of 1300. Two letters of recommendation from high school teachers (at least one from a science or math teacher) and an on-campus interview are required.


Students wishing to transfer from other colleges at Ohio University should contact the Director of Studies by the middle of fall semester of their freshman year regarding the procedure for application. The student must have taken coursework comparable to a freshman HTC student and have at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA.

Additional Information

Dr. Soichi Tanda

Department of Biological Sciences

Ohio University

Life Sciences Building 215

Athens, OH 45701

(740) 593-2270

Additional information can be found on the Department of Biological Sciences website.


Honors Community Council 

35 Park Place Common Room 
Mon, Oct 3 at 5:30 PM