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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Biological Sciences

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(248) 370-3550
Fax: (248) 370-4225

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Chairperson: Arik Dvir

Professors emeriti: Francis M. Butterworth, John D. Cowlishaw, William C. Forbes, 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

Associate professors: Amy Banes-Berceli, Keith A. Berven, Arik Dvir, Feona M. Hansen, Anne L. Hitt, Shailesh K. Lal, Zijuan Liu, Scott Tiegs, Satish K. Walia, Douglas L. Wendell

Assistant professors: Fabia U. Battistuzzi, Sara Blumer-Schuette, Chabi Govind, Lan Jiang, Gerard Madlambayan, Thomas R. Raffel, Mi Hye Song, Scott D. Tiegs, Randal Westrick

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

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

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

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

Lecturers: Jonathan Bartkus, Gerard R. Jozwiak, Andrea Moyer, Jenn-Tser Pan, Stacey Wensink

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; 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. These programs in biology are particularly suited to the needs of pre-medical students. 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 490) . In the past, many such students have appeared 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 2.0 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

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 400-level BIO lecture course (BIO 405 , BIO 490 , BIO 495  and BIO 497  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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