Degrees in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology (BIOL)

Our traditional biology major prepares you for a variety of career paths, including medical studies and secondary science teaching.

Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology (CELL)

Our most specialized and rigorous degree program prepares you for graduate study in genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology.

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (BMES)

This human-centered program of study prepares you for numerous careers in allied health.

Bachelor of Science in Biology Education (BIED)  - NEW Fall 2014!

Thoroughly prepares individuals for success as a biology educator.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies (ENVS)

An interdisciplinary degree program steeped in the tradition of classical biology training, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies degree also includes studies in chemistry, geology, economics, history, and much more.


Pre-Professional Studies at OCU

Many students come to OCU knowing that they will continue on after graduation to attend medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, physical therapy school, or one of the many other health profession programs.

Other students come to OCU and find that biology is their passion and true calling, and decide to continue their study of biology in graduate programs leading to master's or doctoral degrees.

Whichever path you decide is right for you, the faculty of the Department of Biology will assist you in planning a degree program that meets your needs. The Pre-Professional Studies page contains detailed information about several of the most popular programs, and links to information about many others.

Minor in Biology

Requirements Credit Hours: 20

BIOL 1214 Fundamentals of Biology

Select at least 8 hours from the following 2000-level BIOL courses:

BIOL 2003 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 2041 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

BIOL 2103 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 2441 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

BIOL 2214 General Botany

BIOL 2314 Introductory Microbiology

BIOL 2414 General Zoology

BIOL 2852 Directed Study: Medical Vocabulary

In addition, select at least 8 hours of additional classes from 3000- and/or 4000-level BIOL courses (note: either BIOL 3114 General Microbiology or BIOL 2314 Introductory Microbiology may be counted towards a minor, but not both).