Biology

Biology (BS)

Human Biology and Microbiology

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 thirty-eight (38) semester hours in Foundational Core courses for the bachelor’s degree, forty (40) semester hours in the Biology Core, thirty-two (32) semester hours in a concentration (which includes cross-discipline courses), and unrestricted electives as needed for a total of 120 semester hours. Students choosing the Option IV: Life Science Education with Licensure should consult degree completion requirements from the School of Education.

Benefits

Transferable Skills
  • Identifying problems
  • Interpreting results
  • Utilizing statistical tests and outcome predictions
  • Preparing statistical reports
  • Analytical Skills
  • Examining components
  • Examining problems and ideas
  • Logical reasoning
  • Categorizing data
  • Data Projections
  • Phenomena evaluating
  • Writing research proposals
  • Summarizing research
  • Result reporting of charts and other visuals
  • Assessing risks and risk factors
  • Defining expected / potential results
  • Inspecting specimens
  • Cataloging information
  • Research / Quantitative Skills
  • Defining problems
  • Designing experiments
  • Utilizing laboratory equipment
  • Using computers for computation / simulation
  • Conducting studies
  • Recording observations
Career Options for Bachelors
  • Biological Technician
  • Biochemist
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Biology Teacher
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Science Writer
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Medical Equipment Sales
  • Environmental protection specialist
  • Water quality inspector
  • Conservationist
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Pest control consultant
  • Food technician
  • Aquarist
  • Programmer/analyst
  • Hunger policy analyst
  • Pharmaceutical sales rep
  • Park ranger
  • Park naturalist
  • Public health officer
  • Biological researcher
Career Options for Undergrad in Biology with Masters or Dr.
  • Food and drug inspector
  • Biochemist
  • Biostatistician
  • Data analyst
  • Parasitologist
  • Marine biologist
  • Botanist
  • Zoologist
  • Ichthyologist
  • Entomologist
  • Curator, botanical garden
  • Toxicologist
  • Bacteriologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Analytical Skills
  • College professor
  • College administrator
  • Administrator, nuclear waste program
  • Ecologist
  • Bioengineer
  • Molecular biologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Physician
  • Health policy consultant
  • Administrator, HMO
  • Medical librarian
  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Podiatrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Optometrist
  • Physicians assistant
  • Bio- Chemist
  • Bio-physicist
  • Medical Scientist

Degree Courses

  • Environmental Biology
  • Principles of Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Chemistry
  • Probability & Statistics

Other Biology Programs

General Biology with Life Science Secondary Education Licensure (BA)

If you are interested in teaching Biology and Life Sciences at the secondary level, you can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Life Science with a concentration in Life Science Secondary Education. This concentration includes an education minor leading to teaching licensure, and 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.

Did you know?

You can get into almost any masters medical program with an undergrad in Biology?.

Did you know?

Graduating with a 3.5 in Biology will get you into most medical programs?

Did you know?

Most students are more successful in their masters and Dr programs when transferring from a small college?

If you are not interested in the licensure track, you can pursue the Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Life Science Secondary Education. This concentration includes an education minor requiring 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.

Both the licensure and non-licensure concentrations are nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Degree Courses

  • Foundations of Education
  • Exceptional Children
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Reading Across the Content
  • Differentiated Instruction

Biology (Minor)

The Biology minor 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.

A minor in Biology consists of thirty (34) semester hours.

Dr. Tyler Counsil
Dr. Tyler Counsil

Adjunct Instructor - Biology

Dr. Michael Atkinson
Dr. Michael Atkinson

Professor of Biology

Dr. Kiev Gracias
Dr. Kiev Gracias

Associate Professor of Biology (Biotechnology and Microbiology)

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