Bachelor in Biology
Biology is the study of life, from the molecular level to the whole organism to the global biosphere. Biologists explore all aspects of living systems, and biological discoveries continue to improve human health, food production, and environmental sustainability.
About the Major
This Biology major provides a foundation in biological principles with the largest range of flexibility in electives to explore a variety of biological topics. As a Biology major, you learn to identify, alter or manage biological processes from single cells to whole organisms.
Keywords: medicine, health careers, public health, conservation, advanced research, laboratory science, field research, environmental science, biotechnology, pharmaceutical arenas.
Other majors in the Biological Sciences:
- Pre-Professional Zoology
- Environment & Sustainability
- Health & Human Kinetics
Courses taught by faculty in Botany and Microbiology are designated with a BOMI prefix, courses taught by faculty in Zoology are designated with a ZOOL prefix. Courses taught by faculty from both departments are designated with a BIOL prefix.
Biology Major (may be declared in either the BOMI or ZOOL department)
- BIOL 120: Intro to Cell Biology (with lab)
- BIOL 122: Organisms & Their Environment (with lab)
- CHEM 110: General Chemistry I (with lab)
- CHEM 111: General Chemistry II (with lab)
- ZOOL 261: Evolution OR BIOL 271: Genetics
(a) Five upper-level BOMI or ZOOL courses (numbered 250-400):
- at least 2 courses must be listed as "BOMI"
- at least 2 courses must be listed as "ZOOL"
- at least four of these five must have a lab
(b) Three additional courses in the "Natural Sciences": chemistry, physics, geology, math, or computer science.
Note: The Biology major may not be combined with any other major in BOMI or ZOOL for a second major.
Every Biology major is encouraged to seek distinctive learning, research, and field experiences. These often take the form of independent study, summer research at OWU or other institutions, summer classes at a biological field station, and apprenticeships at hospitals and ecological or agricultural centers.
Travel-Learning Courses provide a unique way to go from theory into practice—and to journey to a distant land and interact with people from other cultures. OWU offers dozens of these courses each year (usually during spring break or at the end of classes in May), and the University covers a substantial portion of the travel costs, lodging, meals, and on-site transportation.