Applied Biology


Bachelor of Science | College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science

What is Applied Biology?

The Applied Biology major focuses on the practical uses of basic biological information within two thematic concentrations: Environmental Biology and Human Biology & Health Sciences. A biological sciences major provides opportunities for students to study the building blocks of life as they take classes in evolution, genetics, microbiology, plant biology and zoology. Acquiring a broad understanding of, and gaining laboratory experience in, biology helps students understand the role of science in our complex world.  By studying how hypotheses are developed, experiments are designed, and analytical methods are employed, biological sciences majors develop critical thinking skills that are not only relevant to science, but also to being an engaged citizen of the world.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

The Applied Biology features 7 new courses in biological sciences, two professional certificates, and a "tool" requirement. Students will earn a 10 hour OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) certification (or equivalent) in their sophomore year and in the senior seminar course they will earn the 40 hour OSHA - HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) certification (or equivalent) that will prepare students to be professional biologists. The "tool:" requirement is a non-biology minor or certificate that provides the student with additional skills that are useful to professional biologists. Furthermore, the BS degree with a major in Applied Biology may be completed entirely on the Miami Regional campuses.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

The Applied Biology major is unique in that each and every course will include concrete, real-world examples and exercises that illustrate how working professionals make use of biological information and techniques. The biology faculty at the Regionals offer a wide range of courses that provide a solid background in two primary concentrations, Environmental Biology and Human Biology and Health Sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

As the students accomplish the learning outcomes listed below, they will also compete the Global Miami Plan. Together with their focus in Applied Biology, students will become independent critical thinkers with strong written communication skills, ready to integrate and apply their knowledge society's greatest problems.

  • Acquire and apply foundational knowledge, concepts, and theories in biology.
  • Collect, synthesize and critically evaluate information in order to suggest solutions to environmental and human health-related problems.
  • Acquire a broad range of tools that can be applied in research and in the workplace to solve biological problems
  • Earn professional certifications in order to increase employment prospects.

What can I do with this major?

These two concentrations are designed to meet the needs of employers in SW Ohio. Professional biologists with training in Environmental Biology are required by regional employers such as Procter & Gamble, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the Cincinnati Zoo, and many environmental consulting firms. Students in the Human Biology & Health Sciences concentration will be ready for employment in biomedical sciences at Q Labs, Children's Hospital Medical Center, MedPace and other employers involved in healthcare and biotechnology. This concentration also prepares students to attend professional schools in the health sciences. Career options for graduates include opportunities as lab technicians, science teachers, laboratory research assistants, consultants, U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency field and lab positions, field biology, technical writers, pharmaceutical sales representatives, natural resource managers, and more.

Who can I contact for more information?

Biological Sciences
4200 N. University Blvd.
112 Levey Hall
Middletown, Ohio

Learn more about the Department of Biological Sciences.