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
Laboratory Course Requirement:
Select at least one advanced course with a laboratory component 2
Related Courses
One year of chemistry:10-11
First Term:
College Chemistry
College Chemistry
College Chemistry
College Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry Laboratory for Majors
Second Term:
College Chemistry
College Chemistry
College Chemistry for Majors
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

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.


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

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Biology meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: two W Biology courses at the 200- or 300-level and one biology W course at the 400-level. As an alternative to the 400-level course, students may complete an independent study that includes technical science writing. Upon completion of an independent study, the 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.