Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES)

B. S. in Biology

Undergraduate Programs in Biology

BIOLOGY MAJOR
  • B.S. in Biology

  • Special Programs available with the B.S. in Biology

  • BIOLOGY MINOR
  • Minor in Biology

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology

    Description of Program: The Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES) offers a comprehensive program providing the education and training necessary for careers in modern biological science, including the background for admission to graduate schools and to professional schools (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science). The biology major provides a solid foundation in fundamental areas of biology while permitting sufficient choice in course selection that majors may explore and develop areas of interest within the field.

    Advising for biology majors: Biology and Medical Technology majors must discuss their program of study with the undergraduate advisor for biology prior to registration each semester. Contact the BGES office at (216) 687-2440 or bges@csuohio.edu to schedule an advising appointment.

    Transfer students intending to major in biology: Transfer students intending to major in biology must meet, prior to registering for courses, with the undergraduate advisor for biology for evaluation of their transferred science courses. Contact the BGES office at (216) 687-2440 or bges@csuohio.edu to schedule an advising appointment.

    Admission to the major: Grade of C or better in BIO 200 and good academic standing in the College of Science.

    Suggested Freshman Program
    To minimize the time needed to complete the major field requirements, academically proficient students are advised to complete the Introductory Biology (BIO 200/201 and 202/203) and the General Chemistry (CHM 261/266 and 262/267) sequences in their first year.

    Required Grade-Point Average
    To qualify for graduation, all biology majors must have a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.00 across all biology courses used to fulfill the major field requirements. This is in addition to the university requirement of a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.00. Check the University Regulations section of the CSU Undergraduate Bulletin to determine how a GPA is calculated.

    Additional information: The Doretta Thielker Award is presented annually to outstanding graduating biology major(s).

    Student Organizations:
    The Biology Student Association (currently not active)
    The Ecology and Conservation Biology Association
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    Minimum hours required for the major: 72

    Major Field Requirements

    Biology Core Courses (25 credit hours)

    • BIO 200/201 Introductory Biology I and Laboratory
    • BIO 202/203 Introductory Biology II and Laboratory
    • TWO of the following three courses:
      BIO 300/301 Plant Biology and Laboratory
      BIO 302/303 Animal Biology and Laboratory
      BIO 304/305 Population Biology & Evolution and Laboratory
    • TWO of the following three courses:
      BIO 306 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
      BIO 308/309 Cell Biology and Laboratory
      BIO 310/311 Genetics and Recitation
    • BIO 390 Writing in Biology (fulfills University GenEd08 requirement for WAC in the major; counts as an elective once)
    • BIO 495 (GenEd08 SPAC)
    • BIO 499 Exit Evaluation

    Biology Electives (at least 19 credits)

    • BIO courses numbered 300-311 and not used as biology core courses will be used as biology electives.
    • The writing courses BIO 390& BIO 391 may each be used once as biology electives.
    • Select from all biology courses numbered 401 to 497, with the following three restrictions:
      1) Only one course numbered 402 to 497 that does not have a 300-level course as a prerequisite may be used as a biology elective;
      2) A maximum of 8 credits from the following courses may be used as biology electives: BIO 496, BIO 497;
      3) BIO 492 and BIO 495 do not count as electives the first time either is taken.
    • In addition, EVS 302/303, EVS 454, EVS 455, CHM 332/337 or 338, CHM 341, CHM 342, CHM 351, CHM 352, CHM 403, CHE 366, MTH 493, PHY 415, HSC 381, HSC 475, and HSC 476 (HSC 476 and BIO 426 may not both be used);
    • EVS 490, and EVS 493 or 494, may be used as biology electives with permission of the biology advisor.
    • Check with the biology advisor for other courses that may be used as biology electives.

    Chemistry Courses (16 credit hours)

    • CHM 261/266 General Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • CHM 262/267 General Chemistry II and Laboratory
    • CHM 331/336 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

    Mathematics or Statistics Course (4 credit hours)

    • ONE of the following courses:
      • MTH 181 Calculus I
      • MTH 147 Statistical Concepts
      • ANT 305 Quantitative Anthropology
      • PSY 311 Behavioral Science Statistics
      • SOC 354 Quantitative Sociological Research

    Physics Course (8 credit hours)

    • PHY 231 College Physics I — Biomedical Applications (or PHY 221 College Physics I)
    • PHY 232 College Physics II — Biomedical Applications (or PHY 222 College Physics II)

    (PHY 221 and 222 College Physics I and II or PHY 241 and 242 University Physics I and II may be substituted for PHY 231 and 232.)

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    Honors Program

    Biology majors with junior or senior standing, who have a cumulative grade point average of a least 3.00 overall and at least 3.20 in courses required for the biology major, are encouraged to apply for admission to the honors program. The honors degree requires a minimum of 8 credit hours of honors research and seminar, and a successful oral defense of the written thesis. Honors Program course credits count as Biology Elective credits.

    Honors students will undertake 3 or 4 credits of research (BIO 490) in a supervising faculty member's laboratory on a project approved by the faculty member and by the Honors Program Committee. A written report on the research project must be defended before a three-person faculty review committee (BIO 491). Honors Seminar (BIO 492) must be taken twice, and an oral report on the project must be given as a research seminar when the student takes BIO 492 for the second time. Honors students do not take BIO 495. All honors students must sustain the grade-point averages required for admission, as well as the approval of the faculty member supervising the student's research.

    Upon successful completion of the honors program, the student will receive a certificate from the Department, and a recommendation to the University for graduation with honors in Biology. For further information, contact the BGES office at (216) 687-2440 or bges@csuohio.edu.
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    B.S.-M.S. (Non-Thesis) Five-Year Program

    Admission to the program

    Students are eligible to apply for the accelerated program after they have completed sixty credit hours (at least 30 credits hours at CSU), which is typically at the end of the sophomore year. They must have a GPA of at least 3.00, both overall and in the sciences. They must apply before the end of the junior year. The application procedure follows the normal graduate admission requirements: a complete application requires the graduate application form, transcripts, at least two letters of recommendation (preferably from departmental faculty), and an essay statement of career goals. Students in their junior year must take the GRE general test. If application material is judged to be satisfactory, the department will make a decision and issue a letter recommending admission to the 4+1 B.S./M.S. program; formal admission to graduate status will be conditional upon satisfactory completion of all B.S. requirements. Students in this program, like other non-thesis M.S. students, will not be eligible for Graduate Assistantships/Teaching Assistantships

    Academic requirements

    Once admitted to the joint B.S.-M.S. program, a student may complete up to 12 credits of graduate course work, while still an undergraduate; these credits will count towards undergraduate requirements, and—as long as the grades are B or better—against graduate program requirements. Maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better is required to continue in the program, as is completion of the double-counted courses with B or better grades. Students remain undergraduates until they meet the requirements for the B.S.—including all General Education, university, college, and major field requirements, at which point they will receive the B.S. degree and assume graduate status. Students in the non-thesis M.S. program are generally not eligible for consideration for graduate assistantships.

    The M.S. degree is awarded after students have completed 32 credits of graduate course work and all requirements of the conventional non-thesis M.S. program, including attaining a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the graduate course work.

    Students who have been admitted to the 5-year program but fail to meet subsequent 5-year program requirements before completing the B.S. revert to conventional student status and must meet all B.S. requirements. Because the BS in Biology requires electives, the double-counted classes taken at the graduate level can be applied towards their BS degree. Such students may re-apply to the conventional MS program. If admitted, these students are subject to conventional MS program policies and requirements. Subject to graduate college requirements and approval of the BGES graduate committee, graduate courses completed with B or better grades while in the 5-year program may be counted towards M.S. requirements.

    Students who have been admitted to the 5-year program and complete the B.S. but for any reason do not complete the M.S. within a year of the B.S. revert to conventional graduate status and must meet all M.S. requirements. Subject to graduate college requirements and approval of the BGES graduate committee, graduate courses completed with B or better grades while in the 5-year program may be counted towards M.S. requirements.

    Required Undergraduate Courses

    • See the B.S. in Biology Requirements, except that one BIO 688 substitutes for BIO 492/495
    Required Graduate Courses
    • BIO 500 Graduate Orientation
    • BIO 504 Graduate Biochemistry
    • BIO 684 Research Seminar
    • BIO 688 M.S. Seminar (3x)
    • BIO 690 M.S. Exit project
    • (College statistics)
    • Electives, to make a total of 32 credits, including the required coursework.

    Suggested Biology schedule for 4+1 Program
    Year Fall

    Spring

    FreshmanBIO 200/201BIO 202/203
    Sophomore BIO 300/301 &/or 302/303 BIO 306 or 310/311; BIO 304/305 or 310/311
    Junior Additional 300-level + BIO elective Additional 300-level + BIO elective
    Senior BIO 500, 504 BIO 300+elective BIO 499; 688; BIO graduate electives
    Yr 5 Graduate BIO 5/600 electives; BIO 688; Biostats or elective BIO 684, 688, 690; Graduate electives;

    For further information, contact the BGES office at (216) 687-2440 or bges@csuohio.edu.
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    Teacher Licensure (in Biology)

    For information concerning the education courses required for licensure in biology or in integrated science, contact the College of Education and Human Services. Students seeking secondary teaching licensure in biology, but not majoring in biology, should also consult with the College of Education and Human Services. Students seeking secondary education licensure with a major in biology must now take one of the two dual licensure programs through CSUTeach; life science licensure is also available in combination with a physics major. See the College of Education and CSUTeach for details and course plans

    CSUTeach options including licensure (life science) and a B.S. in biology

    • CSUTeach AYA Life Science and Earth Science
    • CSUTeach AYA Life Science and Chemistry

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    Medical Technology Program

    The Department of BGES offers a program in medical technology which leads to a B.S. degree with a major in Biology. Students interested in the Medical Technology Program should contact the undergraduate advisor for Biology at (216) 687-2440 or bges@csuohio.edu. Students enrolling in the Medical Technology Program have two options available to them.

    Option I (3 + 1).

    Option I consists of three years of full-time study at Cleveland State University followed by one year of clinical laboratory training in an affiliated school of medical technology, for which 32 semester credits are earned toward the B.S. Degree. The letter grades earned during the internship appear on the student's records, but are not included in the computation of the grade-point average. Students enrolling in Option I must complete the following courses:

    Medical Technology Option I Requirements

    Biology Courses (38 credit hours)

    • BIO 200/201 Introductory Biology I and Laboratory
    • BIO 266/267 Anatomy & Physiology I and Laboratory
    • BIO 268/269 Anatomy & Physiology II and Laboratory
    • BIO 306 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • BIO 308/309 Cell Biology and Laboratory
    • BIO 310/311 Genetics and Recitation
    • BIO 400 Medical Technology Orientation
    • BIO 412/413 Elements of Immunology and Laboratory
    • BIO 414/415 Parasitology and Laboratory
    • BIO 416/417 Microbiology and Laboratory
    • BIO 499 Exit Evaluation
    Mathematics and Physical Science Courses (20 credit hours)
    • CHM 261/266 General Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • CHM 262/267 General Chemistry II and Laboratory
    • CHM 331/336 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
    • One of the following courses (4 credit hours):
      • MTH 147 Statistical Concepts
      • ANT 305 Quantitative Anthropology
      • PSY 311 Behavioral Science Statistics
      • SOC 354 Quantitative Sociological Research

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    Option II (4 + 1).

    Option II consists of the successful completion of the B. S. degree with a major in Medical Technology prior to enrolling in an approved school of medical technology. This option is recommended for students who desire flexibility in training program choice, and increased options for career choice and career development in the future. Students enrolling in Option II must complete the following courses.

    Medical Technology Option II Requirements

    All Option I courses, plus

    • BIO 202/203 Introductory Biology II and Laboratory
    • BIO 495 Seminar
    • CHM 310/315 Survey Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory
    • PHY 231 College Physics I — Biomedical Applications

    Regardless of the route and option selected, students subsequently must be accepted into a school of medical technology approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association in collaboration with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences as part of the requirement for taking the certifying examination in medical technology. In the Cleveland area there is one approved and active hospital school of medical technology affiliated with Cleveland State University. However, students completing the 4 + 1 option may attend any approved school of medical technology in the United States. Following satisfactory completion of their clinical training program, students are eligible to take the national certifying examination of the Registry of Medical Technologists (American Society of Clinical Pathologists) or of the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel.
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    Pre-Professional Studies

    The curriculum for the Biology Major provides students with the knowledge to pass the aptitude tests required for admission by most professional schools. A suggested program of study for pre-professional students (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary) might consist of the following courses.

    Suggested Pre-Professional Courses
    All the specified courses (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics) for the Biology Major

    Suggested Biology electives:

    • BIO 310/311 Genetics and Recitation
    • BIO 412/413 Elements of Immunology and Laboratory
    • BIO 416/417 Microbiology and Laboratory
    • BIO 422/423 Mammalian Physiology and Laboratory

    Additional courses required by medical schools:

    • CHM 332/337 Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory (can count as a BIO elective)
    • Economics - one semester
    • Psychology - one semester

    The Biology pre-professional advisor coordinates for all students a seminar program at which representatives from professional schools (medical, dental, and veterinary) discuss their program's admission requirements and procedures. Contact the department's pre-professional Advisor at (216) 687-2440 or bges@csuohio.edu for the seminar schedule and for preprofessional advising.

    A Post-Baccalaureate Program is available to individuals with a bachelor's degree who lack the minimal science requirements for professional schools or who need additional or refresher courses. This is a flexible program designed to provide candidates with the knowledge to pass the aptitude tests required for admission by most professional schools.


    3 + 4 Articulation Agreement with the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine

    Cleveland State University and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine have an articulation agreement so that, after three years of intensive study at CSU, Biology majors who are admitted to OCPM and successfully complete the first year at OCPM can transfer credits to CSU and earn their B.S. in Biology while working toward their Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. Contact the Biology advisor (phone 216-687-2440 or email bges@csuohio.edu) for details about this program.

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    Biology Minor:

    Minimum hours required for the minor:
    16

    A minor program of study in biology consists of 16 credit hours. BIO 200/201 and 202/203 are required courses. The remaining 8 credits must be 200-, 300-, or 400-level biology courses. BIO 400 does not qualify for the minor program.

    A grade of C or better is required for all courses applied to the minor in biology.

    Proposed changes:

    A minor program of study in Biology consists of 16 credit hours. BIO 200, 201, 202, and 203 are required courses. The remaining eight credits must be from the following list of biology courses at the 200-, 300- or 400-level.

    • BIO courses numbered 266-269
    • BIO courses numbered 300-311
    • BIO courses numbered 410-496

    One of the following courses, or linked pair of courses where a laboratory is included, may be substituted for a BIO prefixed course: EVS 300/301, EVS 302/303, EVS 450, EVS 454/455, EVS 470/471, or EVS 472/473.

    A grade of C or better is required for all courses applied to the minor in biology.

    Check with the biology adviser (216-687-2440) for other courses that may be used as biology electives.


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    Biology BS+MS: Combined 4+1 Program

    Admission to the program:
    Students are eligible to apply for the accelerated program after they have completed sixty credit hours (at least 30 credits hours at CSU), which is typically at the end of the sophomore year. They must have a GPA of at least 3.00, both overall and in the sciences. They must apply before the end of the junior year. The application procedure follows the normal graduate admission requirements: a complete application requires the graduate application form, transcripts, at least two letters of recommendation (preferably from departmental faculty), and an essay statement of career goals. Students in their junior year must take the GRE general test. If application material is judged to be satisfactory, the department will make a decision and issue a letter recommending admission to the 4+1 B.S./M.S. program; formal admission to graduate status will be conditional upon satisfactory completion of all B.S. requirements. Students in this program, like other non-thesis M.S. students, will not be eligible for Graduate Assistantships/Teaching Assistantships.

    Academic requirements
    Once admitted to the joint B.S.-M.S. program, a student may complete up to 12 credits of graduate course work, while still an undergraduate; these credits will count towards undergraduate requirements, and—as long as the grades are B or better—against graduate program requirements. Maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better is required to continue in the program, as is completion of the double-counted courses with B or better grades. Students remain undergraduates until they meet the requirements for the B.S.—including all General Education, university, college, and major field requirements, at which point they will receive the B.S. degree and assume graduate status. Students in the non-thesis M.S. program are generally not eligible for consideration for graduate assistantships.

    The M.S. degree is awarded after students have completed 32 credits of graduate course work and all requirements of the conventional non-thesis M.S. program, including attaining a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the graduate course work.

    Students who have been admitted to the 5-year program but fail to meet subsequent 5-year program requirements before completing the B.S. revert to conventional student status and must meet all B.S. requirements.  Because the BS in Biology requires electives, the double-counted classes taken at the graduate level can be applied towards their BS degree. Such students may re-apply to the conventional MS program.  If admitted, these students are subject to conventional MS program policies and requirements. Subject to graduate college requirements and approval of the BGES graduate committee, graduate courses completed with B or better grades while in the 5-year program may be counted towards M.S. requirements.

    Students who have been admitted to the 5-year program and complete the B.S. but for any reason do not complete the M.S. within a year of the B.S. revert to conventional graduate status and must meet all M.S. requirements. Subject to graduate college requirements and approval of the BGES graduate committee, graduate courses completed with B or better grades while in the 5-year program may be counted towards M.S. requirements.

    Required Undergraduate Courses
    See the B.S. in Biology Requirements, except that one BIO 688 substitutes for BIO 492/495

    Required Graduate Courses

    BIO 500 Graduate Orientation
    BIO 504 Graduate Biochemistry
    BIO 684 Research Seminar
    BIO 688 M.S. Seminar (3x)
    BIO 690 M.S. Exit project
    (College statistics)
    Electives, to make a total of 32 credits, including the required coursework.

    Suggested schedule for 4+1 Program in regard to Biology courses<

     

    Fall

    Spring

    Freshman

    BIO 200/201

    BIO 202/203

    Sophomore

    BIO 300/301 &/orBIO 302/303

    BIO 306 or 310
    BIO 304/305 &/or BIO 310/311

    Junior

    Additional BIO 300 level + BIO elective

    Additional BIO 300 level + BIO elective

    Senior

    BIO 500
    BIO 504
    BIO elective 300+

    BIO 499
    BIO graduate electives
    BIO 59x

    Year 5

    BIO graduate electives
    BIO 688
    Biostats or elective

    BIO graduate electives
    BIO 684
    BIO 688
    BIO 690


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