Sep 21, 2023
Requirements for the major in biology, B.S.
This curriculum is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the sciences, including medicine and health-related fields. A minimum of 48 credits in biology (excepting BIO 1000 , BIO 1002 , BIO 1004 , BIO 2006 and BIO 3000 ) is required, including at least ten lecture courses and a minimum of five BIO laboratory courses. Students must complete:
2. One course from each of the following areas
Molecular & Cellular Systems
3. Two 4000-level lecture courses selected from the following:
4. Four biology laboratory courses at the 3000 level or above
Note: BIO 2101 does not fulfill this requirement. BIO 3361 and BIO 4995 may only count toward one lab requirement, even if taken multiple times.
5. Additional biology elective courses, at the 2000 level or above, as needed to meet the 48-credit minimum
6. Chemistry requirements
Plus one of the following
8. Mathematics requirements (up to 8 credits)
9. Four credits of statistics
Corresponding lecture and lab courses should normally be taken simultaneously. Note that some courses have incorporated labs into lecture credit while other labs are given separate credit.
Students using this catalog to meet biology B.S. major requirements may also use any course subsequently approved as satisfying specific requirements and published in a later catalog.
Requirements for a modified major in biology (B.S.) with a specialization in anatomy
Adviser: Mary E. Craig
Students considering a career in the many aspects of the medical fields as well as anatomical teaching, may elect this specialization in their sophomore year. The selection of all courses should be planned in consultation with the adviser.
Biology courses required for the anatomy specialization include
And one of the following electives
Requirements for a modified major in biology (B.S.) with a specialization in cell-molecular biology
Adviser: Lan Jiang
Students considering a career in cell biology, biotechnology or molecular biology may elect this specialization in their sophomore year. The selection of all courses should be planned in consultation with the adviser.
Biology courses required are
Requirements for a modified major in biology (B.S.) with a specialization in microbiology
Adviser: Sara Blumer-Schuette
Students considering a career in biotechnology, microbiology technology and research may elect this specialization in their sophomore or junior year. The selection of all courses should be planned in consultation with the adviser.
Biology courses required for the microbiology specialization are
And one of the following electives
Pre-Medical Studies: Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine Concentration
The concentration in Pre-Medical Studies is designed to provide students with a framework for planning pre-medical studies (medicine, dentistry, optometry, and veterinary medicine). The concentration satisfies the minimum admission requirements for most medical and health programs and provides background for the science portion of the standardized aptitude tests: medical (MCAT), dental (DAT), optometry (OAT) and veterinary (VCAT or GRE). This concentration does not constitute a major. Students must elect a major from those offered by the university.
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In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences College Exploratory Requirement, and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases 124; some degrees may require a greater number).
As a general rule, no more than eight credits of course work used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.