Biology- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Biology, 212 Pearson Hall, 513-529-3100.

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. It is possible to complete a Biology Major while earning either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

Students may not double major in Biology and Botany, or in Biology and Zoology.

Program Requirements

(32 semester hours, plus 17 related hours)

Core Courses
BIO/MBI 115Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity4
BIO/MBI 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
Advanced Course Requirements 124
Select three of the following:
Introduction to Cell Biology
Evolutionary Biology
Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere
Fundamentals of Ecology
Genetics
Laboratory Course Requirement:
Select at least one advanced course with a laboratory component 2
Writing in the Major - Biology
Popular science writing for a non-specialist audience:
Complete two W Biology courses at 200- or 300-level that provides writing experience in the genre of popular science writing for a non-specialist audience
Technical science writing for a specialist audience: 3
Complete one of the following two technical writing tracks:
One Biology W course at 400-level that provides writing experience in the genre of technical science writing for a specialist audience
An independent study that provides writing experience in the genre of technical science writing for a specialist audience 4
Related Courses
One year of chemistry:10-11
First Term:
College Chemistry
College Chemistry
College Chemistry
and
College Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry Laboratory for Majors
Second Term:
College Chemistry
College Chemistry
College Chemistry for Majors
and
College Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry Laboratory
One course in Statistics3-4
Select related courses chosen from ATH, CHM, CIT, CPB, CSE, ENV, GLG, GEO, IES, MTH, MBI, PHY or STA
1

The remaining 24 semester hours must be fulfilled by taking courses at the 200 level or above. Advanced microbiology (MBI) courses and IES 275 can count for up to nine semester hours of this requirement. No more than three semester hours of independent study/research/internship may apply to the major. At least one 400 level course (minimum three semester hours) must be taken.

2

Three semester hours of independent research, taken at the 200-level or above, can be used in lieu of a formal course to fulfill this laboratory requirement

3

To ensure that all students in the Biology major complete the College of Arts and Science Writing Requirement and become experienced and proficient writers in the discipline, upon graduation, each student must show evidence of proficiency in both of the two writing genres.

4

Students choosing this track should have their proposed writing experience evaluated by the departmental representative for writing in the major at the time they initiate their independent study. Upon completion of an independent study, each student must submit, with the signed support of a faculty member, a letter of certification indicating that s/he has successfully completed the technical science writing requirement.