Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science | College of Arts and Science

What is Biology?

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.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Recently, the Department of Botany and the Department of Zoology have merged to create the new Department of Biology, one of the largest programs at the university. The Department of Biology offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in BiologyBotany and Zoology.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

In general, the B.A. degree is designed for students who desire more flexibility or wish to take more courses outside of the natural sciences.  All Miami Plan Foundation (MPF) and College of Arts and Science (CAS) requirements apply to this degree.  The Departmental requirements are more flexible for the B.A. than for the B.S. degree and leave more room for customizing your program; you can use that flexibility to focus more on certain subdisciplines within biology, to take courses in other branches of science, or to take a variety of nonscience electives.  This flexibility is also helpful if students have transferred to Miami from other colleges or from nonscience majors.

What can I do with this major?

There are many options available to Biology majors. A partial list would include admission to pre-professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy, etc.), graduate studies, or immediate employment as a naturalist, park technician, assistant pathologist, lab technician, technical sales representative, research technician, museum curator, fisheries manager, environmental planner, municipal zookeeper, environmental impact analyst, or high school biology teacher. A more complete list of career opportunities can be found at the Biology website.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Biology
212 Pearson Hall
Oxford, OH 45056