Biology (Concentrations in Biotechnology, Human Biology, Life Science Secondary Education Licensure, and Life Science Secondary Education Non-licensure Available)
The Biology major is designed to provide a broad background in biological studies for those students who plan to pursue careers in research, ecology, forestry, agriculture, or laboratories or who may plan further graduate or professional work in medicine, veterinary science, nursing, and other biology-related vocations.
The student is to complete the required 38 semester hours in Foundational Core courses for the bachelor degree, 40 semester hours in the Biology Core, 32 semester hours in a concentration which includes cross-discipline courses, and unrestricted electives as needed for a total of 120 semester hours. Students in the School of Education taking Option IV: Life Science Education should consult the degree completion requirements in that school.
Concentrations are available in Biotechnology, and Human Biology.
Professional Program: Pre-Medicine
If you are interested in entering medical or dentistry school in the future, there are several undergraduate programs at OCU that can help you prepare for graduate coursework.
Although specific requirements vary by school, traditional requirements for graduate coursework in these fields include two (2) semesters of general chemistry, two (2) semesters of organic chemistry, two (2) semesters of physics, and two (2) semesters of biology, not including basic medical science courses such as anatomy and physiology, or medical microbiology. OCU’s Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration on Human Biology can be a great fit to prepare you for future work in medicine or dentistry. The program includes forty semester hours in biology core courses, thirty two semester hours in the human biology concentration (which includes cross-discipline courses in Chemistry and Physics), and unrestricted electives as needed for a total of 120 hours.
Undergraduates should take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at least 15 months ahead of their expected entrance into medical school and after having taken two (2) semesters of organic chemistry and general physics. Further, since admission to a medical school is so competitive, the completion of an undergraduate pre-medical curriculum does not guarantee admission to a medical school.
Biology/Life Science: Secondary Education
Biology is a challenging program that is designed to enhance a student’s knowledge and skills not only in biology itself but in related sciences and the mathematics needed to be successful as a scientist, researcher, technician, medical professional, or educator. Small classes and labs give students the opportunity to work one-on-one with our faculty and truly develop their skills.
The Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Life Science with licensure for Secondary Education requires completion of the Foundational Core, 52 semester hours in the subject matter concentration and cross-discipline requirements. Courses include Environmental Biology, Zoology, Microbiology, and Genetics to name a few. The Secondary Education Licensure portion, includes 36 credit-hours of education focused courses. Some of these include: Teaching Methods, Classroom Management, Cultural Competency, and Developmental Psychology. This degree is a 120 credit hour degree designed to be completed in four years. The licensure track also includes the passing of state exams, student teaching, and recommendation by Oakland City University’s School of Education.
If you are not interested in the licensure track, you can add a non-licensure Education minor to the Bachelor of Science in Biology/Life Science which requires 25 credit hours of professional education courses including Classroom management, Exceptional Children, Development Psychology, and Science Teaching Methods. State testing and student teaching are not required since this is a non-licensure track. This degree is a 120 credit hour degree designed to be completed in four years, combining the university’s Foundational Core, content courses, education courses, and electives as needed.
The Biology/Life Science: Secondary Education Program is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).