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Biology - B.A. and B.S.

DESCRIPTION: The Bachelor of Arts in Biology is designed for students interested in the biological sciences but eager to pursue a wider set of interests in the liberal arts. This degree is offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

The Bachelor of Science
in Biology consists of three different concentrations: Molecular and Cellular Biology , Organismal Biology, Pre-Medicine/Pre-Osteopathy/Pre-Dentistry. This degree is offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Molecular and Cellular Biology prepares students for careers and postgraduate work in molecular or cell biology, especially in biomedical sciences. Students who select this program are interested in cells, molecular biology, genetics and processes within organisms. Biology majors have the option to seek employment immediately after graduation in the private, public or nonprofit sector, or to continue their education in a wide variety of graduate and professional programs.

Organismal Biology enables students to focus on whole organism studies while maintaining a great deal of flexibility in course choice. This program helps prepare students for graduate school in areas such as ecology and animal/plant science, and for careers not requiring molecular and cell biology skills. Biology majors may seek employment immediately after graduation or continue their education in a wide variety of graduate and professional programs.

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Osteopathy/Pre-Dentistry prepares students for careers in medicine and health care. The curriculum provides the courses required for admission to medical, dental and graduate schools, as well as other professional programs (e.g., optometry, physician’s assistant).

Biologists work in a variety of settings and alumni with Biology degrees from Kent State have gone on to work for state agencies, companies, and a host of other employers.  Others have gone on for additional education for employment opportunities in the health care professions as doctors, dentists or other health care workers, professors, educators and the many other professions related to the biological disciplines. Many students completing an undergraduate biology degree will go on for additional education in graduate or professional programs.  Other students will opt to enter directly into the workforce upon Bachelors degree completion.  For those not seeking additional education, career opportunities are available in state, local, and federal agencies, private companies and industry, and non-profit groups.  Federal statistics reveal that about 40 percent of all biological scientists are employed by Federal, State, or local governments.

The Department of Biological Sciences has several mechanisms to help students prepare for their future careers. All students, particularly those who plan to go on to graduate school or seek employment directly after degree completion, are strongly encouraged to complete research projects, through our Individual Investigation course, and/or do an internship in the area in which they plan to be employed.  In addition, we offer BSCI 30005, Career Pathways in Biology, which provides students a chance to learn more about career paths and how to achieve their goals.  Lastly, students are expected to meet regularly with their faculty advisor to talk about career options, get help in selecting electives, and discuss ways to get experience required for their career goals.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.00 GPA overall and 2.00 GPA in major required for graduation.


STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.
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