Biology is a diverse discipline, ranging from the basic biochemistry of living cells to the functioning of entire ecosystems. Many biological scientists work in research and development in such areas as: researching solutions to human disease; studying living organisms including viruses, bacteria, and other infectious agents; finding solutions to preserve and repair the natural environment; and other areas. Biology majors learn the concepts and facts of modern biology and receive training in current laboratory skills. The biology program at CSU provides training in the fundamentals of all the major areas of biology, while at the same time allowing students some freedom to tailor an individual plan of study with a faculty advisor.
Graduates with bachelor's degrees in biology are employed in a great variety of jobs, such as entry-level technicians in hospitals and research centers, technical sales and service representatives, high school teachers of biology/science (licensure required), and environmental site assessment scientists.
Bachelor graduates also pursue advanced degrees to receive doctorates in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science; or pursue master's and Ph.D. degrees in biology or a related science. Master's degree graduates assume positions of greater technical and supervisory responsibility in laboratories and industry and work in biology research. Doctoral (Ph.D.) graduates assume university faculty positions teaching and directing research, direct research in government labs, or direct research in high level positions in industry.
General Track: Offers flexibility in choosing courses in the biology major.
Pre-Professional Studies Track: For pre-medical, pre-veterinary and pre-dental students. Includes designated courses in subject areas covered on aptitude exams that are required by most professional schools.
Secondary Teacher Licensure Track: Available for students interested in high school teaching. Contact the biology advisor for the science course requirements and the Education Student Service Center for the education course requirements.
For students interested in obtaining positions in clinical laboratories as medical technologists. See the medical technology major sheet for more information.
Three years of biology classes are taken at CSU in preparation for admission to the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM) in the 4-year Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree program. Admission to OCPM is competitive and is not guaranteed. With successful completion of the program, a student will receive a B.S. degree from CSU and a DPM from OCPM. For more information, see the Podiatric Medicine program sheet.
An Honors Program is also available for students in any track/program (except the Secondary Teacher Licensure). To be eligible, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 in courses required for the B.S. in biology and a 3.0 GPA overall. This junior/senior year program requires 8 total credit hours of honors research, honors seminar, and honors thesis and defense. A Biotechnology Certificate program is also offered for biology majors. This interdisciplinary program prepares students for positions in the biotechnology industry, working in the development of new products and quality control. A post-baccalaureate Biotechnology Certificate option is also available.
Engaged learning experiences (for all programs) include research experience with nationally recognized CSU faculty, who have obtained prestigious federal grants, and co-op and internship opportunities. Most courses are taught by doctoral faculty. A biology minor requires 16 credit hours of specified biology courses. Student organizations include the American Medical School Association/CSU Chapter and the Biology, Geology, Environmental Science Student Association. Many courses are offered in the evenings. All students receive individual advising.
General Education Requirements: All degree-seeking students are required to meet general education requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that courses chosen satisfy these requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor. A comprehensive description of the requirements is found at http://www.csuohio.edu/acaffairs/gened.htm.
For more information, contact:
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, SI 219
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
For official requirements for a degree in this major, see the Undergraduate Catalog.