Biological SciencesProfessors Amon, Arlian, Burton, Carmichael, Goldstein (chair), Hull, Runkle, Wheatley (dean), Wood(emeritus)
Associate Professors Baird, Cipollini, Grasman, Krane, Mamrack, Miller, Pohlman, Tomlin
Assistant Professors Buboulya, Hiskey (WSU-Lake Campus), Kenyon, Smith, Stireman, Vadeboncouer, Van't Hof
Clinical Laboratory Science Program Pacifico (director)
The Department of Biological Sciences offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Sciences. We offer three options within the Bachelor of Science: an exercise biology option, a preprofessional option, and a bioinformatics option. A preparatory program in Allied Health Areas is available, along with a dual major program in chemistry.
There are minimum grade requirements for departmental courses in each of the undergraduate degree programs. See specific program requirements for details.
The teaching and research programs of the department are conducted in modern, well-equipped classrooms and laboratories. A 200-acre biology preserve on campus and nearby parks and preserves, such as the Beavercreek Wetlands, provide excellent opportunities for terrestrial and aquatic field studies. Students must plan their individual programs of study with the help of a departmental advisor to be sure they are meeting university, college, and departmental requirements. Many undergraduate students include faculty-guided, independent research projects in their academic programs.
Biological SciencesThe Bachelor of Science curriculum offers a broad, integrated, and in-depth approach to the life sciences. Departmental requirements consist of a balanced core of courses selected from several subject Areas, combined with elective courses from the Department of Biological Sciences and other life science departments such as Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Within this degree, several options are available to students. The programs of study can accommodate students with such differing interests and objectives as graduate work in molecular biology, laboratory work in microbiology, or field work in ecology. Programs also can serve as preprofessional preparation for medical, dental, or veterinary sciences and for education licensure.
Degree Requirements- Biological SciencesBachelor of Science Degree
Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course used to fulfill the Departmental Requirements of the degree.
BioinformaticsThe bioinformatics track prepares students to assist in the application and development of computational tools and approaches used to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze, and visualize dramatically increasing amounts of publicly available biological data. Students completing the program obtain a major in biological sciences and a minor in computer science as they develop an appreciation for the substantially different vocabulary and problem solving approaches used in both disciplines. Numerous internship opportunities are available for students seeking real-world experience in such Areas as stream-lined drug discovery, genome analysis, and the review of forensic DNA profiling testing results.
Degree Requirements-Biological Sciences/ Bioinformatics Option
Exercise BiologyExercise biology consists of three major Areas of study: exercise physiology, human motor behavior, and human biomechanics. This program is designed to promote and integrate scientific research, education, and practical applications of all aspects of exercise biology to prepare the undergraduate in fields of physical performance, fitness, health/wellness, and research. Course work and practical experience are designed with the latest American College of Sports Medicine objectives for comprehensive knowledge in the field. Outcomes of study include the opportunity to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification exams.
Degree Requirements- Biological Sciences/Exercise Biology OptionBachelor of Science Degree
Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course to fulfill the department's requirements for the degree.
Degree Requirements-Biological SciencesBachelor of Arts Degree
The Bachelor of Arts curriculum is less structured than the Bachelor of Science curriculum. It provides a substantial foundation in the biological and physical sciences, while the large number of electives allows students considerable flexibility in meeting their individual educational objectives. Students must work with their advisor to formulate a specific plan of study. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course used to fulfill the departmental requirements and the departmental electives of this degree.
Minor ProgramStudents majoring in another department may earn a minor in biological sciences. The minor includes at least 36 credit hours from a broad selection of courses in both biological sciences and environmental health, distributed as follows:
Clinical Laboratory Science (Previously Medical Technology)The Clinical Laboratory Science program includes three years of prescribed study at Wright State University and a one-year clinical laboratory curriculum in a clinical laboratory science program accredited by the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education through the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Upon successfully completing the program, students receive the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree. They also become eligible to take the national certification examination given by the Board of Registry for Medical Technologists (ASCP) and the CLS examination administered by the National Certification Agency for Laboratory Personnel. Through special arrangements, students may obtain their clinical education in other programs of clinical laboratory science accredited by the NAACLS, after they receive approval from the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.
In the fall quarter of their preclinical year, students apply, through the department, for admission into the clinical laboratory program. Criteria used to determine admission include the academic record, letters of recommendation, and results of a personal interview. The number of positions in each class for the clinical year program is limited.
Degree Requirements-Clinical Laboratory ScienceBachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science Degree
Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course used to fulfill the departmental requirements and clinical program requirements of this degree.
Clinical Laboratory Science Clinical Year ProgramThe College of Science and Mathematics offers a comprehensive Clinical Laboratory Science Clinical Year Program that provides participating students with the academic preparation and clinical skills needed to be a qualified practitioner. The curriculum begins in June and includes one quarter of basic lecture/laboratory courses on campus, followed by three quarters of supervised clinical rotations in nine cooperating affiliated clinical facilities: The Children's Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Greene Memorial Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center, Upper Valley Medical Center, Reid Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, Kettering Medical Center, Gene Screen, Community Blood Center, and CompuNet Clinical Laboratories. Upon successfully completing the program, students are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree, provided they meet the requirements for the degree as stated in this catalog.
Prerequisites, Application, and AdmissionRequirements for admission to the clinical year program are set by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Prerequisites include inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and/or biochemistry, general biological sciences, microbiology, immunology, and mathematics. Applicants must also have a bachelor's degree or be eligible for one upon completing the clinical program and have an overall GPA of 2.5.
Eligible applicants from nonaffiliated universities will be considered. These applicants must also meet NAACLS requirements before they can enter the program.
Applicants with a foreign baccalaureate degree must meet NAACLS criteria before they enter the clinical year program.
Admission to Wright State University or the Department of Biological Sciences does not automatically guarantee admission into the clinical year program.
Applicants should submit their application materials and schedule an interview with the Clinical Laboratory Science Program director during the fall quarter of the year before they enter the program.
Allied Health ProgramsStudents can begin with two years at Wright State University and gain an excellent foundation while satisfying many of the college requirements for application to the Ohio State programs listed below.
Allied Health AreasMedical Dietetics
Health Information Management and Systems
Students wanting a degree in physical therapy should complete the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and then transfer to the Master of Physical Therapy program at The Ohio State University. For more information on these programs, contact the Department of Biological Sciences.
Environmental Health SciencesWright State University's program is one of only 26 nationwide accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. The curriculum in environmental health sciences provides students with a sound academic background and the specialized training needed to work effectively in several Areas involving environmental quality management. Career opportunities include work in public health and environmental protection agencies, environmental consulting firms and analytical laboratories, and health and safety programs in industries, as well as in natural resource management. The program also prepares students for graduate programs in public health and environmental sciences. A field internship program, operated in cooperation with participating environmental health agencies or industries, gives students an opportunity to gain practical work experience. Students should consult with their advisor when planning their program to ensure that it meets their needs and interests.
Degree Requirements-Environmental Health SciencesBachelor of Science Degree
A grade of C or better must be achieved in each course used to fulfill the environmental sciences core, required supporting courses in biological sciences, environmental specialty courses, and supporting electives units of this degree.
Minor ProgramAn Environmental Health Sciences minor is available to all WSU students, regardless of major. Students must have junior standing, a 2.0 GPA, and an interest in environmental issues. Thirty-five or a minimum of 35 credits are required for the minor. The 35-credit minimum permits the student to select from a broad array of environmental courses suited to individual needs. Students choosing the EHS minor take 15 credit hours of the following EHS survey courses, requiring junior standing, which will provide the student with a conceptual foundation in the environmental sciences:
EH 362, 364, 401, 451, 472
Biological Sciences EducationStudents who wish to teach biology or chemistry in Ohio public high schools can pursue the B.A. or B.S. degree in biological sciences. Upon completion of this undergraduate degree program in the College of Science and Mathematics, students must complete the Professional Educators Program (PEP) Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree through Wright State's College of Education and Human Services. Graduates of the B.A. or B.S. in biological sciences program and the M.Ed. Professional Educators Program are eligible to seek licensure from the Ohio Department of Education in Life Sciences or Life Sciences/Chemistry, depending on the content of the undergraduate curriculum.
Degree Requirements-Biological Sciences EducationBachelor of Science Degree (Life Sciences/ Chemistry)
The Adolescent to Young Adult Life Sciences/ Chemistry Licensure Program is based on an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences.
Degree Requirements-Biological Sciences EducationBachelor of Science Degree (Life Sciences)
The Adolescent to Young Adult Life Sciences Licensure Program is based on an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences.
Degree Requirements-Biological Sciences EducationBachelor of Arts Degree (Life Sciences)
The Adolescent to Young Adult Life Sciences Licensure Program is based on an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences.
Biological Sciences Honors ProgramAn honors program allows qualified students to carry out independent projects under the guidance of faculty sponsors. Students who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.4 during the preceding three quarters may apply to the Department of Biological Sciences to pursue an honors program. Application for admission to the program should be made during the student's junior year. Students interested in the honors program should contact the departmental office.
Dual Major ProgramThe Department of Biological Sciences participates in the university's dual major program with the Department of Chemistry. Students should refer to the Department of Biological Sciences office for program requirements.
Bachelor of Science- Dual Chemistry
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