Biology (BA, BS)

Biology, Ohio State's largest major, is part of the Center for Life Sciences Education.

Biology is the science that studies the processes fundamental to all forms of life. Biology strives to answer questions such as: How do biochemical processes control a cell’s behavior? How do organisms grow and reproduce? How do pollutants threaten certain life forms? How can human life be sustained and lengthened by medical advances? 

The biology major is designed to expose students to a broad base of biological knowledge, to provide depth of experience in advanced topics, and to develop competence in scientific disciplines that are supportive of the life sciences (mathematics, physics, and chemistry). The biology major is a stepping stone from which students may go into research, various health professions, teaching, business, or service in government or independent agencies. 

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Jennifer Park, biology, talks about the wide range of classes in biology and the resources at Ohio State.

Jennifer Park, biology


Biology students often choose careers as research scientists or college professors, for which students must first obtain a PhD. In the private sector, a master’s degree may be sufficient for a research or product-development position. Some biology majors, particularly those with research experience, find research assistant positions directly after obtaining their bachelor’s degree.

courses you might take:

BIOLOGY 3401: Integrated Biology

A case studies approach is used to gain a better understanding of biological concepts and principles.

MICRO 4000: Basic and Practical Microbiology

Provides an understanding of microorganisms and their interaction with the human experience.

MOLGEN 4500: General Genetics

The principles of genetics, including molecular genetics, transmission genetics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, developmental and non-chromosomal genetics, recombinant DNA and genomics and the genetics and evolution of populations.

BIOCHEM 4511: Introduction to Biological Chemistry

An introductory course in biochemistry dealing with the molecular basis of structure, metabolism, genetic replication, transcription, and translation in plants, animals and microorganisms.

EEOB 2520 Human Physiology: Human Physiology

A survey of the human nervous system, sense organs, muscle function, circulation, respiration, digestion, metabolism, kidney function and reproduction.



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