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Degrees in Biology

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-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

The minor in Biology offers students a coherent program of study and training in the biological sciences. It provides exposure to the fundamental principles of biology, including studies of the structure, organization, and diversity of life. The minor is well-suited for students who wish to pursue a career that requires an understanding and appreciation of the life sciences. Students from the following majors may not elect a minor in Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Biomedical Science.

How do I declare a minor in Biology?

Students interested in any major or minor in the biological sciences are encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss their academic plans as soon as possible!  You have to declare your minor in order for it to show up on your transcript. Merely taking the required classes is not enough. You need to fill out the “Change in Academic Status” form, signed by the chair of the Biology Department.

What courses do I need to take for a minor in Biology?

Students are required to complete 20 credit hours, which includes:

  • Fundamentals of Biology (BIOL 1214)
  • 8 hours of 2000-level BIOL courses
  • 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.