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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, B.S.


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Students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements, General College of Arts and Sciences requirements , College of Arts and Sciences Exploratory requirement , Major Requirements, and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases a minimum of 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of coursework 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.

Schedule of Classes


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

General Education Requirements


In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundations, Explorations, and Integration. For details, refer to the General Education Requirements   section of the catalog.

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


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


8. Mathematics requirements (up to 8 credits)


9. Four credits of statistics


Note


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 biology (B.S.) with a concentration in anatomy


Adviser: Mary E. Craig

In addition to completing the courses listed under course requirements in the Biology BS program, students who are considering a career in the many aspects of the medical fields as well as anatomical teaching, may elect this concentration in their sophomore year. The selection of all courses should be planned in consultation with the adviser.

Requirements for a biology (B.S.) with a concentration in cell-molecular biology


Adviser: Lan Jiang

In addition to completing the courses listed under course requirements in the Biology B.S. program, students who are considering a career in cell biology, biotechnology or molecular biology may elect this concentration in their sophomore year. The selection of all courses should be planned in consultation with the adviser.

Requirements for a biology (B.S.) with a concentration in microbiology


Adviser: Sara Blumer-Schuette

In addition to completing the courses listed under course requirements in the Biology BS program, students who are considering a career in biotechnology, microbiology technology and research may elect this concentration in their sophomore or junior year. The selection of all courses should be planned in consultation with the adviser.

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.

Follow link for more details: Pre-Medical Studies: Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine Concentration  

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