Biology- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Biology, 212 Pearson Hall (513-529-3100).

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. The biology major can be tailored to meet the needs of students interested in the health sciences, animal or plant physiology, cell and molecular biology, ecology or environmental studies, or evolution and systematics. It is possible to complete a Biology Major while earning either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

Program Requirements:

(32 semester hours)

Core Courses: (8 hrs)

BIO/MBI 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4)

BIO/MBI 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4)

Advanced course requirements: (24 hrs)

The remaining 24 semester hours must be fulfilled by taking courses at the 200 level or above. Advanced microbiology (MBI) courses and IES 275 can count for up to nine semester hours of this requirement. No more than three semester hours of independent study/research/internship may apply to the major. At least one 400 level course (minimum three semester hours) must be taken.

Three of these four courses are required:

BIO 203 Introduction to Cell Biology (3)

BIO 206 Evolutionary Biology (3) or

BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere (4)

BIO 209 Fundamentals of Ecology (3)

BIO 342 Genetics (3)

Laboratory course requirement:

At least one advanced course must have a laboratory component (three semester hours of independent research, taken at the 200-level or above, can be used in lieu of a formal course to fulfill this laboratory requirement).

Related (17 hrs)

One year of chemistry is required:

CHM 141 or 141M or 141R, 142 or 142M College Chemistry (3-4, 3) and

CHM 144, 145 College Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2)

One course in Statistics: (3-4 hrs)

Remaining related courses can be chosen from ATH, CHM, CIT, CPE, CSE, ENV, GLG, GEO, IES, MTH, MBI, PHY or STA.

Writing in the Major - Biology:

To ensure that all students in the Biology major complete the College of Arts and Science Writing Requirement and become experienced and proficient writers in the discipline, upon graduation, each student must show evidence of proficiency in both of the following two writing genres:

1. Popular science writing for a non-specialist audience. To fulfill this requirement, students must successfully complete two W Biology courses at the 200- or 300- level which provide writing experience in the genre of popular science writing for a non-specialist audience.

2. Technical science writing for a specialist audience. To fulfill this requirement, students must successfully complete at least one of the following two technical writing tracks:

a) A student may opt to complete one Biology W course at the 400-level which provides writing experience in the genre of technical science writing for a specialist audience.

b) A student may opt to complete an independent study which provides writing experience in the genre of technical science writing for a specialist audience. Students choosing this track should have their proposed writing experience evaluated by the departmental representative for writing in the major at the time they initiate their independent study. Upon completion of an independent study, each student must submit, with the signed support of a faculty member, a letter of certification indicating that s/he has successfully completed the technical science writing requirement.

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