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Ohio Dominican Biology students focus on the study of living organisms and graduate with an appreciation for the natural world and its diversity. Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers or for further studies.

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Minor in Biology
Two main tracts exist within the Biology major; one leading to graduate or professional school and one leading to bachelor’s level employment.

Graduate School: Students wishing to enter graduate school after graduation are advised to take additional courses in Chemistry and Physics to fulfill the admission requirements of these schools. 

Medical School: Students wishing to enter medical school with the goal of becoming a physician, osteopath, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist or veterinarian are advised to major in either Biology or Chemistry and minor in the other. 

Three teaching licensures in the natural sciences are also available: All teaching licensures include a common core of science courses and an emphasis on pedagogical techniques. The three licensures are designed so a student may move from one teaching major to another with ease.
  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan for Biology Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 CHM 110
    BIO 201 BIO 203
    CHM 109 THL 225
    MTH 140 or 240  Elective Social Science
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BIO 202
    Recommended Elective
    LNG 242
    BIO elective
    SOPH CORE - THL
    ART/MUS/THL
    CHM 229 PHL 109 or PHL 170
    Elective CHM 230
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BIO 341
    BIO 342
    BIO elective
    BIO elective
    JR CORE
    Social science
    HST
    PHL 200 level
    Elective 
    Elective 
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BIO 366
    SCI 479
    Additional elective
    CFM 451
    Additional elective 
    Additional elective 
    Elective 
    Elective
    Elective 
    Elective 

    Student either needs Minor or an Emphasis (complete 9 credit hours) but could also do both.

    • BIO Electives – select 12 credits from any BIO, ENV, or EXSC courses above 203 except BIO 279, ENV 279, and EXSC 279
    • Additional Recommended Electives: EXSC 354, EXSC 214, MTH 240, CHM 230, EXSC 262, PSY 236, PSY 335, PSY 255, PSY 354

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.S. in Biology
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in addition to the major requirements listed below. 
    Courses Credits
    BIO 201 General Biology: Cells, Genetics & Evolution 4*
    BIO 202 General Biology: Botany, Zoology & Ecology 4*
    BIO 203 General Biology: Anatomy & Physiology 4*
    BIO 330 Ecology 4*
    BIO 366 Genetics 4*

    Select four credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    CHM 451 Biochemistry 4*
    BIO 469 Cell & Molecular Biology 4*

    Select twelve credits from any BIO, ENV, or EXSC courses above 203 except BIO 279, BIO 379, ENV 279, and EXSC 279. Related correlatives:

    Courses Credits
    CHM 109 General Chemistry I 4
    CHM 110 General Chemistry II 4
    CHM 229 Organic Chemistry I 4

    Select one course from the following: 

    Courses Credits
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3-4
    MTH 240 Calculus I 4
    Total Credits Required 51-52
    *used to calculate the Major GPA
  • Minor in Biology
    Courses Credits
    BIO 201 General Biology: Cells, Genetics & Evolution 4
    BIO 202 General Biology: Botany, Zoology & Ecology 4
    BIO 203 General Biology: Anatomy & Physiology 4
    Select eight credits from any BIO, ENV, or EXSC courses above 203 except BIO 279, BIO 379, ENV 279, and EXSC 279 8

      Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    SCI 102 Basic Physical Science 3-4
    CHM 109 General Chemistry I 4
    Total Credits Required 23-24