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Biology — Degrees and Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Biology: Our traditional major offers a thorough grounding in the biological sciences and prepares students for a variety of career paths, including graduate studies and employment in areas such as veterinary medicine and animal care, conservation biology and wildlife management.

B.S. in Biology Education: This major provides a solid foundation in biology and includes all the education courses required for licensure and certification to teach Biology at the secondary (grades 6 through 12) level.

B.S. in Biomedical Science: This major is designed to include the prerequisites necessary for students pursuing graduate studies and careers in allied health fields, including Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Optometry and others.

B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology: Our most rigorous major, this program prepares students to pursue graduate study and careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and biomedical research.

Pre-Health 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-Health Professional Studies page contains detailed information about several of the most popular programs and links to information about many others.

Minor in Biology

Minor in Environmental Science

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