Aug 18, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Biological Sciences

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Chairperson: Douglas L. Wendell

Professors emeriti: Francis M. Butterworth, John D. Cowlishaw, George J. Gamboa, Esther M. Goudsmit, R. Douglas Hunter, Charles B. Lindemann, Virinder K. Moudgil, Ashish C. Nag, John R. Reddan, Nalin J. Unakar

Professors: G. Rasul Chaudhry, Sheldon R. Gordon, Shailesh K. Lal

Associate professors: Amy Banes-Berceli, Keith A. Berven, Arik Dvir, Chhabi Govind, Feona M. Hansen, Anne L. Hitt, Lan Jiang, Zijuan Liu, Gerard Madlambayan, Scott Tiegs, Satish K. Walia, Douglas L. Wendell

Assistant professors: Fabia U. Battistuzzi, Sara Blumer-Schuette, Mary Jamieson, Taras K. Oleksyk, Thomas R. Raffel, Sang Hoon Rhee, Mi Hye Song, Luis G. Villa-Diaz, Randal Westrick

Adjunct professor: Ronny Otero

Adjunct associate professors: Mary Tracy-Bee, Sumit Dinda, Andrew F. X. Goldberg, Howard A. Klausner

Adjunct assistant professors: Sarah Hosch, Ashok Kumar, Mark A. Sturtevant

Visiting Assistant Professor: Subha Bhaskaran

Special instructors: Mary Ann Bednarski, Mary E. Craig, Michael O’Regan, Jonathan W. Yates

Special lecturers: Thomas G. Fishwild, Holly Greiner-Hallman, Janell Hallauer, Christopher Kauhn, Gary Miller, Ann Sturtevant

Lecturers: Moumita Choudhury, Gerard R. Jozwiak, Tobi Limke, James Montante, Andrea Moyer, Megan Niedzwiecki, Richard Sabina, Sandra Troxell-Smith, Bridget Varughese

Chief adviser: Sarah Hosch

The Department of Biological Sciences offers several undergraduate programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and the Bachelor of Science degrees in biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, and bioengineering. These undergraduate programs prepare students for graduate study in the life sciences in areas ranging from cell and molecular biology to ecology and environmental sciences; professional careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry or veterinary medicine; laboratory work and research in industries concerned with biological materials; nursing or other allied health areas; or teaching science in high school. For information on graduate study within the department, see the Oakland University Graduate Catalog

The department’s academic programs benefit from a diversified selection of courses and research opportunities in biochemistry, bioinformatics, botany, cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, morphology, physiology, immunology and zoology. Students select courses that suit their goals and interests. Students may apply to participate in the research laboratories of individual faculty members for which they may receive course credit (BIO 4995) . Many such students appear as co-authors on scientific publications as a result of the work in which they participated. Such opportunities are of particular value to students preparing for graduate study or research positions. High school students intending to major in biological sciences should refer to the Admissions section of the catalog for specific preparation requirements.  All biology prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or higher.


Concentration in pre-medical studies: medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine

Pre-Medical Studies: Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine Concentration  

Requirements for Departmental Honors in Biology and Biomedical Sciences

Departmental honors may be granted to students who have been nominated by a faculty member on the basis of high academic achievement and excellence in either independent research or teaching assistance.

The specific requirements are:

  1. 3.20 grade point average (GPA) minimum overall and 3.50 GPA minimum in BIO courses,
  2. at least one 4000-level BIO lecture course (BIO 3920 , BIO 4995 , BIO 4970 BIO 4972  and BIO 4997  do not qualify),
  3. excellence in one of the following two service roles:
    1. assisting in teaching a laboratory course(s) either for pay or credit
    2. performing independent laboratory study or serving as a laboratory research assistant.

Schedule of classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.

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