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Department of Biological Sciences

Clippinger Laboratories 136
Athens, OH 45701

Ralph DiCaprio
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College of Arts and Sciences

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Athens, OH

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120 Chubb Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45710

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Department of Biological Sciences  

The Department of Biological Sciences provides quality instruction in biology at all levels. Students are exposed to historical and current perspectives, theoretical and practical applications of knowledge and laboratory techniques. In the Department of Biological Sciences there are ten curricular tracks leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and two leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological science.

While each track is oriented towards a specific career goal, each one also provides the depth and breadth of the science of biology needed to attain a Biological Sciences degree. The Biological Sciences Bachelor of Science degree requires extensive supplementary course work in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and statistics. The ten tracks are:

Biological Sciences
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Environmental Biology
Human Biology
Marine, Freshwater and Environmental Biology
Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Wildlife and Conservation Biology

The Department of Biological Sciences is also proud to have special research facilities including an electron microscopy facility; a quantitative microscopy and imaging facility with a laser scanning confocal microscope; exercise and metabolic physiology facilities; a hybridoma facility; a molecular genetics laboratory with computer-assisted DNA, RNA, and protein sequencing facilities; a phosphorimager and fluorimager; a gel documentation system; an NMR facility; mass spectrophotometry facilities; a transgenic mouse facility; a fluorescence activated cell sorter.


The College of Arts and Sciences offers 26 student clubs and organizations.

There are activities for any interest, such as: Anthropology Club, Health Careers and Pre-professional Advising, Phi Alpha Delta, Pre-Vet Club, Soc-Crim-Law Student Club, Wildlife Club, and many more.

For a full list of our student organizations, please click here.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.

Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.

All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.