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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.
To schedule an appointment with your Biology advisor go to On Course or call 614-292-1704 to schedule an appointment with any Biology advisor. This appointment scheduling system is linked to your name.# and also displays notes from your past advising meetings. If your advisor is not available when you are, we will be happy to schedule you with whoever is free.
For more information visit the CLSE website
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.
If you are not currently a Biology major, and would like to become one, call (614) 292-1704 to set up an appointment.
ALL Biology majors who are in the Biological Sciences Scholars Program
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Jennifer Park, biology, talks about the wide range of classes in biology and the resources at Ohio State.
Many biology students go on to careers in medicine or some other health profession. While a major in the biological sciences is not a requirement for medical school (or other professional schools in the health sciences), it has many advantages, with its exposure to the basic principles of life’s processes and the theoretical underpinnings of sophisticated medical procedures.
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.
A case studies approach is used to gain a better understanding of biological concepts and principles.
Provides an understanding of microorganisms and their interaction with the human experience.
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.
An introductory course in biochemistry dealing with the molecular basis of structure, metabolism, genetic replication, transcription, and translation in plants, animals and microorganisms.
A survey of the human nervous system, sense organs, muscle function, circulation, respiration, digestion, metabolism, kidney function and reproduction.