Special curriculum; major code BS2113
A major in Environmental Biology provides rigorous preparation, potentially leading to graduate-level training and/or entry level jobs in research, teaching, natural resource management, conservation planning, or science administration. You will receive a strong conceptual understanding of environmental and plant biology, competency with important tools and techniques, and a good background in the natural sciences. The program draws on supporting courses in geography, geology, mathematics, animal biology, physics, and chemistry. It is suggested that students completing this major also obtain the Environmental Studies Certificate. Students are expected to do research in the labs of faculty members or carry out an internship. Graduates of this program are working (for example) in urban forestry, directing the ecological restoration of strip mines, teaching in various colleges and universities, and collecting medicinal plants in Africa. Several graduates have gone into environmental law.
This program differs from other environmental science programs at Ohio University in that it focuses on plants, which are the foundation of life on earth and hence critical to an understanding of environmental science. Students graduating with this major will have marketable skills in plant identification, vegetation survey techniques, statistics, experimental design, and applied computer technology.