Feb 29, 2024
Major code BS2121
The B.S. degree program in biological sciences is designed for students who seek flexibility and breadth in their programs. This track is particularly well suited for students who plan to enter a biological sciences graduate program or professional school. To fulfill the minimum of 54 hours in biology, courses can be chosen to prepare for the student’s specific area of interest, while fulfilling the biology breadth requirement. This track also fulfills the needs of students interested in specializations in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology, Exercise Physiology, or Neuroscience. See below for more information on these areas.
Some graduate or professional programs may require organic chemistry labs CHEM 303, 304.
At least one course must be taken from three of the five areas below:
1. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
2. Physiology and Body Systems
Select one of the following options:
4. Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Additional BIOS Electives
Additional BIOS electives will be needed to fulfill the following requirements:
- 54 credit hours—additional courses from BIOS 109 or any BIOS course at the 300 level or above (except 392)
- 3 BIOS courses with a laboratory component 300 level or above.
Special Interest Options
A student in the Biological Sciences track also has the option of pursuing one of the following special interests. Contact the preprofessional advisor by the end of sophomore year to be assigned an appropriate faculty advisor.
Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Technology
Students in any biological sciences major track may choose to enter a Clinical Laboratory Sciences internship provided they have taken Microbiology (BIOS 321), Immunology (BIOS 486A,486B), and Human Physiology (BIOS 345). The internship year in a licensed clinical facility qualifies a student to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists registry exam to become a registered medical technologist. The program prepares students to work in hospitals, public health facilities, forensic biology organizations, and medical diagnosis laboratories, or to go on to graduate or professional education. Students registered at Ohio University may count courses taken during this period toward total credit hours in Biological Sciences.
Students interested in exercise physiology may take courses designed to prepare for graduate studies in exercise or applied physiology. These students should take Human Anatomy (BIOS 301), Human Physiology (BIOS 345, 346), and Physiology of Exercise (BIOS 445, 446). Biomechanics (BIOS 352) is also highly recommended.
Students interested in graduate study in neuroscience or neuroscience research in conjunction with a health professional career should consider this option. Specialized neuroscience courses are required in the junior and senior years. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue undergraduate research, since neuroscience careers almost exclusively involve research. Stipends and support for research are available, by application, during the summer of the third year.