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Biological Sciences

Professors Amon, Arlian, Goldstein (chair), Hull, Krane, Runkle, Wheatley (dean), Wood (emeritus)
Associate Professors Baird, Cipollini, Mamrack, Miller, Pohlman, Tomlin
Assistant Professors Bubulya, Hiskey (WSU-Lake Campus), Kenyon, Rooney, Schen, Stireman, Vadeboncoeur, Van't Hof
Clinical Laboratory Science Program Conley, Schieltz (interim director)

The Department of Biological Sciences offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, and Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science. We offer five options within the Bachelor of Science: an exercise biology option, a preprofessional option, a bioinformatics option, a microbiology and immunology option, and an ecology 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 Sciences

The 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 Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree
Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course used to fulfill the Departmental Requirements of the degree. 

General Education 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 228 or 229 and 230 or STT 264 and 265
(counted in related course requirements)
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115 (counted in departmental requirements)
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110 or SM 205
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115 12
BIO 210, 211, 212, 213, 230, 231, 492 24
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212/216, 213/217 33
PHY 111/101, 112/102, 113/103, or 240/200, 242/202, 244/204 15-16
MTH 228, STT 264 and 265 or MTH 229, 230, 23113-15
   
Life Science Electives 40

Selected from 300- and 400- level courses. A minimum of 25 credits must have BIO, M&I, or EXB prefix. A maximum of 15 credits may be selected from the departments of ANT, BMB, P&B, PHR, CHM, EES, MTH, STT, PHY, PSY, ATH, CL. A maximum of eight credits of independent study courses may apply: BIO 399, 488, 490, 492, 499, CHM 488, ANT 499, BMB 499, P&B 499. Departmental honors students may apply up to 12 credits of BIO 495.
General Electives 7-10

Total 187

Bioinformatics

The 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

General Education 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 229, 230, 231 (counted in related course requirements)
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115 (counted in departmental requirements)
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110 or SM 205
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115 12
BIO 210, 211, 212, 213, 230, 231, 492 24
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212/216, 213/217 33
PHY 111/101, 112/102, 113/103, or 240/200, 242/202, 244/204 15-16
MTH 229, 230, 231, 253, 257, BIO 420 24
   
Life Science Electives 40

Selected from 300- and 400- level courses. A minimum of 25 credits must have BIO, M&I, EXB prefix. A maximum of 15 credits may be selected from the departments of ANT, BMB, P&B, PHR, CHM, EES, MTH, STT, PHY, PSY, ATH, CL. A maximum of eight credits of independent study courses may apply: BIO 399, 488, 490, 492, 499, CHM 488, ANT 499, BMB 499, P&B 499. Eight credit hours of CS 400 and 405 can be used. Departmental honors students may apply up to 12 credits of BIO 495.
   
Computer Science Requirements 20

CS 240, 241, 242, 400, 405
   
Total 208

Exercise Biology

Exercise 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 Option

Bachelor of Science Degree
Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course to fulfill the department's requirements for the degree.

General Education 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: STT 264 and 265 (counted in related course requirements)
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115 (counted in departmental requirements)
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110 or SM 205
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115, 210, 212 20
EXB 194, 260, 321 or PSY 341, 352, 353, 354, 450, 451, 452, 455, 466, 482 44
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212/216, 213 or BMB 423 31
PHY 111/101, 112/102 10
MTH 130, STT 264, 265 13
ANT 201, 202, BIO 278, 279, BMB 250 21
   
Life Science Electives 10
A minimum of 10 credit hours selected from 300 and 400 level courses in the COSM, ANT, BMB, M&I, and/or P&B and Nursing  
   
Total 198

 

Degree Requirements-Biological Sciences/Microbiology and Immunology Option

General Education
40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 228 or 229 and 230, or STT 264 and 265
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115, 210, 211, 212, 213, 230, 231, 492
37
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212/216, 213/217
33
PHY 111/101, 112/102, 113/103, or 240/200, 242/202, 244/204
15-16

MTH 228, STT 264 and 265, or

MTH 229, 230, 231

13-15
   
Life Science Electives  

Required courses: BIO 312 or Clinical Microbiology, M&I 426 and 431
11
   
Advanced elective courses: select a minimum of 14 credit hours from
14
M&I 445 M&I 427 BIO 443 BIO 426  
BIO 437 BIO 415 BIO 464/475 BIO 476/477  
BIO 425 BIO 434 BIO 408 EES 462
BMB 421 BMB 423 BMB 427 EES 472  
   
A maximum of 17 credits may be selected from the departments of BIO, EXB, M&I, ANT, P&B, PHR, BMB, CHM, EES, MTH, STT, PHY, PSY.
17
   
A maximum of 8 credits of independent study courses may apply: i.e., BIO 399, 488, 490, 492, 499; CHM 488, ANT 499, BMB 499, P&B 499.  
   
Departmental honors students may apply up to 12 credits of BIO 495.  
   
General Electives
6-9

Total
187

 

Degree Requirements-Biological Sciences/Ecology Option

General Education
40

Area I: MTH 228 or 229 and 230, or STT 264 and 265  
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115  
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110  
   
Departmental Core Requirements  

BIO 111, 112, 115, 210, 211, 212, 213, 230, 231, 492
37
   
Supporting Requirements  

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212/216, 213/217
33
PHY 111/101, 112/102, 113/103, or 240/200, 242/202, 244/204
15-16

MTH 228, STT 264 and 265 or

MTH 229, 230, 231

13-15
   
Life Science Electives  

Required Courses: Select a minimum of three
16
BIO 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 406, 414; BIO 456 or approved substitution  
   
Advanced Ecology Courses: Select a minimum of 12 credit hours from:
12
BIO 380 BIO 312 BIO 407 BIO 411  
BIO 420 BIO 445 BIO 470 BIO 473  
BIO 484 BIO 408      
*Courses listed as required electives above may be used, if not taken, to fulfill this section.  
   
A maximum of 12 credits may be selected from the departments of BMB, CHM, EES, MTH, STT, PHY.
12
   
A maximum of 8 credits of independent study courses may apply: i.e., BIO 399, 488, 490, 492, 499, CHM 488, ANT 499, BMB 499, P&B 499.  
   
Departmental honors students may apply up to 12 credits of BIO 495.  
   
General Electives
6-9

Total 187

 

Degree Requirements-Biological Sciences

Bachelor 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.

General Education 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 130 & 145 or MTH 130, STT 264 and 265 (counted in related course requirements)
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115 (counted in departmental requirements)
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110 or SM 205
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115 12
BIO 210, 211, 212, 213, 230, 231, 492 24
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212, 213 29
PHY 111/101, 112/102, 113/103 15
MTH 130 & 145 or MTH 130, STT 264 and 265 9-13
   
Life Science Electives 15

Select a minimum of 15 credits from 300- and 400- level courses in biology (BIO, M&I or EXB prefix). You may apply up to five credits of independent study courses (BIO 399, 488, 490, 492, 499, CHM 488, ANT 499, BMB 499, P&B 499).
   
College Requirements 27

Twenty-seven credit hours outside the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Select a minimum of 13 credits from additional 300- and 400-level courses from any department.
   
General Electives 12-16

Must include three courses in a department in the College of Science and Mathematics or the College of Engineering and Computer Science, other than departmental requirements or general education
   
Total 187

 

Minor Program

Students 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:

Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115, 492 14
22 credit hours of BIO or approved EES courses 22
Total 36

Minimum entry requirements include 24 hours (or equivalent) of previous university course work with grades of C or better and an overall 2.0 GPA in three introductory biology courses (BIO 111, 112, 115 preferred). Successful completion of a biological sciences minor requires a grade of C or better in program courses. Note that many BIO and EES courses themselves have specific course prerequisites.

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 Science

Bachelor 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.

General Education 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: STT 264 and 265 (counted in related course requirements)
Area V: CHM 121, 122, 123 (counted in related course requirements)
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 112 4
BIO 210, 211, 213, 443, 476/477 M&I 220 or BIO 312 25
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212/216, 213/217
CHM 312/314 40.5
MTH 129, STT 264, 265 11
M&I 426, BMB 427 7
CS 205 4
   
Clinical Program 65

CL 420 through 493
   
Total 196.5

In a program such as this, the order in which courses are taken is of extreme importance. The required program should be followed, and all individual course schedules should be planned with an advisor.

Clinical Laboratory Science Clinical Year Program

The 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 Admission

Requirements 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.

Curriculum Outline
Course Requirements

CL 420, 422, 423, 431, 441, 442, 443, 451, 461, 462, 463, 471, 472, 473, 481, 491, 492, 493
Total 59

Allied Health Programs

Students 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 Areas

Medical Dietetics
Circulation Technology
Health Information Management and Systems
Occupational Therapy
Radiological Technology
Respiratory Therapy

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.

 

Biological Sciences Education

Students 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 Education

Bachelor 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.

General Education 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 229, 230 and 231(counted in related course requirements)
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115 (counted in departmental requirements)
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110 or SM 204
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115 12
BIO 210, 211, 212, 213, 230, 231, 492 25
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212/216, 213/217 33
PHY 111/101, 112/102, 113/103, or 240/200, 242/202, 244/204 15-16
MTH 229, 230, 231 15
   
Life Science Electives 40

Selected from 300- and 400-level courses. A minimum of 25 credits must have BIO, M&I, or EXB prefix.
This must include eight credits of:
BIO 399, In addition, students are required to take, CHM 312, 314, 451, and EES 251, 252
   
Phase One Professional Education Courses 15
ED 211, 223, 301, 303, EDS 333
   
Total 195

Degree Requirements-Biological Sciences Education

Bachelor 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.

General Education 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 228 or 229 and 230, or STT 264 and 265
(counted in related course requirements)
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115 (counted in departmental requirements)
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110 or SM 205
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115 12
BIO 210, 211, 212, 213, 230, 231, 492 25
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212/216, 213/217 33
PHY 111/101, 112/102, 113/103, or 240/200, 242/202, 244/204 15-16
MTH 228, STT 264 and 265 or MTH 229, 230, 23113-15
   
Life Science Electives 43.5

Selected from 300- and 400-level BIO, M&I, or EXB courses. 22
EES Series EES 251/252, 253/254, 255/256 13.5
BIO 399 Undergraduate Teaching-required for the AYA program 8
30 Credits of 300/400 level courses including:
a) a minimum of 25 hours in BIO/M&I/EXB (8 hours must include BIO 399)
b) a maximum of 5 hours from other life sciences areas (ANT, BMB, CL, PB, PHR)
 
   
Phase One Professional Education Courses 15
ED 211, 223, 301, 303, EDS 333
   
Total 196.5

Degree Requirements-Biological Sciences Education

Bachelor 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.

General Education 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: STT 264 and 265 (counted in related course requirements)
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115 (counted in departmental requirements)
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110 or SM 205
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115 12
BIO 210, 211, 212, 213, 230, 231, 492 25
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212, 213 29
PHY 111/101, 112/102, 113/103 15
MTH 130 & 145 or MTH 130, STT 264 and 265 9-13
   
Life Science Electives 15

Select a minimum of 10 credits from 300- and 400- level courses in biology (BIO prefix). BIO 399 - Undergraduate Teaching is required for the (5 credits) AYA program.
   
College Requirements 27

  1. Complete 27 credit hours outside the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Engineering and Computer Science (a minimum of two credit hours must be at the 300/400 level to fulfill residency requirements). This must include ED 221, 223, 301, 303, and EDS 333 to fulfill the phase one professional education requirement.
  2. Complete at least three courses in a department other than the major department within the College of Science and Mathematics or the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Required electives are: EES 251/252, 253/254, 255/256.
   
Total 185.5

Biological Sciences Honors Program

An 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 Program

The 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

General Education 40

Required Substitutions:
Area I: MTH 229 and 230 (counted in related course requirements)
Area V: BIO 111, 112, 115 (counted in departmental requirements)
Area VI: EES 260 or PSY 110
 
Departmental Core Requirements

BIO 111, 112, 115 12
BIO 210, 211, 212, 213, 230, 231, 492 24
 
Supporting Requirements

CHM 121/125, 122/126, 123/127, 211/215, 212/216, 213/217 33
PHY 111/101, 112/102, 113/103, or 240/200, 242/202, 244/204 15-16
MTH 229, 230, 231 15
   
Life Sciences Electives 40

Selected from 300- and 400- level courses. A minimum of 25 credits must have BIO, M&I, EXB prefix. A maximum of 15 credits from the required 300/400 level CHM courses can be used as other life sciences electives, A maximum of eight credits of independent study courses may apply: BIO 399, 488, 490, 492, 499, CHM 488, ANT 499, BMB 499, P&B 499. Departmental honors students may apply up to 12 credits of BIO 495.
 
Additional Chemistry Requirements

CHM 312/314, 451, 452/457, 453/458 22.5
   
Total 201.5

 
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