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Biology Major Course Requirements


This revised version of the biology major is effective for all students choosing the biology major on or after June 1, 2008, as well as students selecting the major before that date who choose to switch to the Revised major. Students who choose to remain under the old major may request the descriptive sheet from their advisor.

The biology major provides a survey of the essential areas of study in modern biology, an individually-tailored focus of study, and an emphasis on methods of communication in the discipline.

Part A. Required Prerequisites or Supplements

(Do not count toward the 45 hour major)
CoursesHours
Biology 113 or H115, 114 or H116 10
Mathematics 148, 150, 151, 152 or 161 (or Honors versions) 5 – 19
Chemistry 121 or H201, 122 or H202, 123 or H203 15
Chemistry 251, 252, 254 or 245, 255 or 246 (or Honors versions) 12 – 14
Physics 111 or 131, 112 or 132, 113 or 133 (or Honors versions) 15

Part B. Core Requirements

Biology 401 — Integrated Biology I 5
Biology 402 — Integrated Biology II 5
Biology 320 — Biological Inquiry (Sophomore Colloquium)
Biology 320 is in development, and is not offered yet. This requirement is currently being waived.
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Part C. Specialization Areas

In consultation with his or her advisor, each student must decide on an area of specialization within the broader field of biology. If the pre-approved specializations do not meet a student's needs, he or she may work with a biology advisor to choose a series of at least three advanced courses (300 and above, not including 591 and 597) in the biological sciences with a coherent theme, and present the proposed specialization to the College of Biological Sciences Curriculum Committee for approval.

  • Education in Life Sciences
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    Students wishing to pursue a career as a high school science teacher are encouraged to complete a bachelor's degree in the content area (e.g. Biology) and apply to the Master's of Education (M.Ed.) program through Ohio State's College of Education. For further information, and for additional information about entrance requirements to the M.Ed. program, please refer to The College of Education.

    • Required: Introduction to Biological Chemistry: Biochemistry 511 (5 cr.)
    • Required: General Genetics: Mol Gen 500 (5 cr.)
    • Required: Evolution: EEOB 400 (5 cr.)
    • Required: Basic and Practical Microbiology: Micro 509 (5 cr.)
    • Required: General Plant Biology: PCMB 300 (5 cr.)
    • Additional coursework – choose at least two courses from the following list or consult with the Biology major advisor for additional suggestions:
      • General Entomology: Entomol 500 (5 cr.)
      • Introduction to Ornithology: EEOB 322 (5 cr.)
      • Diversity and Systematics of Organisms: EEOB 405.01 (4 cr.) (strongly recommended)
      • Ichthyology: EEOB 621 (5 cr.)
      • Mammalogy: EEOB 625 (5 cr.)
      • DNA Fingerprinting Workshops in Columbus Public Schools: Mol Gen, Biochem, or Micro 591 (2 cr. – may only be counted once)
  • Forensic Biology
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    • Recommended additional prerequisite: Introduction to Physical Anthropology: Anthropology 200 (5 cr.)
    • Required: An introductory course or sequence in biochemistry: Biochemistry 511 or Biochemistry 613 and 614 (5–8 cr.)
    • Required: An introductory course or sequence in molecular genetics: Mol Gen 500 or Mol Gen 605 and 606 (5–8 cr.)
    • Additional coursework in molecular biology and forensic science – choose at least three courses or series from the following list:
      • Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton: Anthropology 603.01, 603.02, 603.03 or 603.04 (5 cr.)
      • Forensic Anthropology: Anthropology 640.04 (5 cr.; Anthro 603.01 prereq)
      • 3rd course in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Biochemistry 615 (4 cr.)
      • Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics Laboratory: Mol Gen 601 (5 cr.)
      • Cell Biology: Mol Gen 607 (3 cr.)
      • Molecular Genetics: DNA Transactions: Mol Gen 701 (3 cr.)
      • A course or sequence in microbiology: Micro 509 or Micro 520 and 521 (5–10 cr.)
      • DNA Fingerprinting Workshops in Columbus Public Schools: Mol Gen, Biochem, or Micro 591 (2 cr. – may only be counted once)
  • Pre-health Professions
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    • Recommended additional prerequisite: Chemistry 253
    • Required: An introductory course or sequence in molecular genetics: Mol Gen 500 or Mol Gen 605 and 606 (5–8 cr.)
    • Additional coursework – choose at least four courses or series from the following list:
      • An introductory course or sequence in biochemistry: Biochemistry 511 or Biochemistry 613 and 614 (5–8 cr.)
      • Evolution: EEOB 400 (5 cr.)
      • An introductory course or sequence in general microbiology: Micro 509 or Micro 520 and 521 (5–10 cr.)
      • Principles of Animal Cellular and Developmental Biology: EEOB 415 (4 cr.)
      • Vertebrate Histology: EEOB 630 (5 cr.)
      • A course in human or comparative anatomy: Anatomy 200 or EEOB 410 (4–5 cr.) [A course in human anatomy is required by the OSU Dental School.]
      • A sequence in human physiology: Physiology CB 311 and 312 or Physiology CB 601 and 602 (10 cr.)

Please see a biology advisor for other specialization options.

Part D. General Requirements

  • 45 or more credit hours beyond the prerequisites to the major (some students may need additional courses at the 300-level or above after completing the Core and Specialization Area)
  • Three courses in the major must have a laboratory or data analysis component.
  • Independent Study, e.g. Biology 699 or H783, can be included to a maximum of 5 hours, and may be counted towards the laboratory/data analysis component.
  • A minimum of C– in each course in the major
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the major
  • COURSES IN THE MAJOR MUST BE APPROVED BY A BIOLOGY ADVISOR.

For more information about the biology major, contact:

biologyadvisor@osu.edu, or call (614) 292-1704 for an appointment.

Undergraduate Research Coordinator

Honors Advisors