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Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

You’re going to build the perfect foundation for your career.

Within Ursuline’s Biology program, you can pick from three majors: Biology, Life Science, or Biotechnology, and from concentrations in Pre-Medicine and Medical Technology. The Life Science major provides the most flexibility for you to construct curriculum that addresses your unique interests and accommodates double majors in other areas. Our faculty have expert credentials: Dr. Ulatowski is a neuroscientist who has informed national policy on science through meetings with Congress, and Dr Snyder conducts ecological research in Guatemala and Belize, introducing you to exciting study abroad opportunities. Other aspects of our program that make it truly distinctive? Innovative partnerships with graduate programs to accelerate your path into professional schools for medicine and podiatry. A partnership with the Cleveland Clinic for on-the-job training and certification in Medical Technology. Student-led research opportunities on campus, with opportunities to present research at the annual Student Research Symposium. Extensive internship opportunities customized to your interests. Studying environmental science and biodiversity in our on-campus living laboratory and through special projects with the Holden Arboretum to name a few. Taken together, these special aspects of Ursuline’s Biology program have created fantastic outcomes for program alumnae.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll be prepared for the discovery of new knowledge through the application of scientific prinicples.
  • You’ll understand the practice of professional skills in the areas of biology and biotechnology.
  • You’ll receive a broad foundation, with exposure to the discipline of biology as a whole, providing excellent preparation for a variety of careers.

Learn more on the Biology program homepage.

You’re going to build the perfect foundation for your career.

Within Ursuline’s Biology program, you can pick from three majors: Biology, Life Science, or Biotechnology, and from concentrations in Pre-Medicine and Medical Technology. The Life Science major provides the most flexibility for you to construct curriculum that addresses your unique interests and accommodates double majors in other areas. Our faculty have expert credentials: Dr. Ulatowski is a neuroscientist who has informed national policy on science through meetings with Congress, and Dr Snyder conducts ecological research in Guatemala and Belize, introducing you to exciting study abroad opportunities. Other aspects of our program that make it truly distinctive? Innovative partnerships with graduate programs to accelerate your path into professional schools for medicine and podiatry. A partnership with the Cleveland Clinic for on-the-job training and certification in Medical Technology. Student-led research opportunities on campus, with opportunities to present research at the annual Student Research Symposium. Extensive internship opportunities customized to your interests. Studying environmental science and biodiversity in our on-campus living laboratory and through special projects with the Holden Arboretum to name a few. Taken together, these special aspects of Ursuline’s Biology program have created fantastic outcomes for program alumnae.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll be prepared for the discovery of new knowledge through the application of scientific prinicples.
  • You’ll understand the practice of professional skills in the areas of biology and biotechnology.
  • You’ll receive a broad foundation, with exposure to the discipline of biology as a whole, providing excellent preparation for a variety of careers.

Learn more on the Biology program homepage.

What can I do with a degree in Biology?

Graduates of the Biology program pursue their interests in a variety of careers. Some obtain entry-level jobs to gain experience and develop their work skills; others seek additional education to enter specialized professional programs.

Business, whether in marketing or corporate law, often seeks employees with a solid understanding of biological science. Pharmaceutical representatives, for instance, must be able to interact with primary care professionals and patent lawyers must understand the intricacies of bench-top research.

Technologists must obtain clinical experience and become licensed to practice in the state of Ohio. New careers in this sector occur each decade and include professions such as audiologists, dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, perfusionists, pathology assistants, medical technologists and medical records administrators.

Research biologists may work in academia, in government or in private research laboratories; industries also hire biologists to conduct research and product development and testing. Similar post-graduate training enables individuals concentrating in environmental studies to obtain employment as environmental engineers, environmental attorneys, and health/safety analysts and inspectors. Often additional education and experience enable the biology graduate to obtain more responsible positions with better compensation.

Teachers of biology are commonly employed in various educational institutions at the precollege and college levels; museums, botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos, science centers and outdoor education programs offer the biology graduate many opportunities. Biologists are also employed by private corporations as training specialists to provide instruction and curriculum development as well as technical competence. Opportunities for biologists in education are as varied as those in technology and research.

Ursuline Partnerships and Internships

Ursuline has strong partnerships with Northeast Ohio Medical University, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, and the Cleveland Clinic, offering students the opportunities to conduct research or transition seamlessly to graduate study.

Ursuline biology students have interned in forensic laboratories at the Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Coroner’s office, and in public health within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Job and Graduate School Placements

Recent alumnae of Ursuline’s Biology program have been accepted into prestigious programs including Teach for America, Woodrow Wilson Scholars, as well as the following medical and graduate schools, among others:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Purdue University
  • Penn State University
  • The University of Michigan
  • The Ohio State University

You’ll take the following classes, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Biology:

  • Biology 200/Lab – Introductory Biology – Biodiversity, Form, Function and Ecology
  • Biology 205/Lab – Introductory Biology – Cells, Genetics, Energy Transfer and Evolution
  • Chemistry 105/Lab – Principles of Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 106/Lab – Principles of Chemistry II
  • Mathematics 131 – College Algebra or higher
  • Biology 325/Lab – Ecology
  • Biology 430/Lab – Cellular Biology and Bio-Chemical Processes
  • Biology 335/Lab – Genetics
  • Three upper level Biology classes of your choice.
  • Biology 451 – Capstone Seminar
  • Biology 400 – Service Learning
  • Major field test

 

Or If you’re majoring in Life Science, you’ll take the following in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Biology Life Science:

  • Biology 200/Lab – Introductory Biology – Biodiversity, Form, Function and Ecology
  • Biology 205/Lab – Introductory Biology – Cells, Genetics, Energy Transfer and Evolution
  • Chemistry 103/Lab – General Chemistry I or higher
  • Chemistry 104/Lab – General Chemistry II or higher
  • Mathematics 125 – Quantitative Reasoning
  • One environmental course from the following choices: Biology 206/Lab – Principles of Plant Biology, Biology 313/Lab – Field Biology, Biology 325/Lab – Ecology or Biology 333/Lab – Environmental Microbiology
  • One organismal course from the following choices: Biology 206/Lab – Principles of Plant Biology, Biology 207/Lab – Principles of Animal Biology, Biology 214/Lab – Anatomy and Physiology I and Biology 215/Lab – Anatomy and Physiology II, Biology 320/Lab –Developmental Biology, Biology 350/Lab – Comparative Animal Physiology, or Biology 380 – Advanced Physiology and Immunology
  • One cellular biology course from the following: Biology 232/Lab – Clinical Microbiology, Biology 333/Lab – Environmental Biology, Biology 380 – Advanced Physiology and Immunology, Biology 430/Lab – Cell and Biochemistry Process, Biology 335/Lab – Genetics, or Biology 420 – Molecular Biology
  • Three upper level Biology classes of your choice.
  • Biology 451 – Capstone Seminar
  • Biology 400 – Service Learning
  • Major field test

 

Biotechnology is a 3+1 program with Lakeland Community College. If you’re majoring in Biotechnology, you’ll take the following in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Biotechnology:

  • Chemistry 103/Lab – General Chemistry I, Chemistry 104/Lab – General Chemistry II (or higher), and a 300+ level Biology elective of your choice

or

Chemistry 105/Lab – Principles of Chemistry I, Chemistry 106/Lab – Principles of Chemistry II and Chemistry 104/Lab – General Chemistry II or Bioscience 1500 Intro to Biochemistry at Lakeland.

  • Mathematics 212 – Statistics
  • Biology 205/Lab – General Biology
  • Biology 200/Lab – Biodiversity
  • Biology 333/Lab – Environmental Microbiology (4 credits) or Biology 420 – Molecular Biology
  • Biology 430/Lab – Cellular and Biochemical Process
  • Biology 335/Lab – Genetics
  • Biology 400 – Service Learning
  • Biology 451- Seminar in Evolution
  • Three upper level Biology classes of your choice
  • Philosophy 260 – Bioethics

You’ll also take following courses at Lakeland Community College:

  • Bioscience 1200 – Lab Skills
  • Bioscience 1600 – Advance Molecule Separations
  • Bioscience 2100 – Applied Microbiology
  • Bioscience 2500 – Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Bioscience 2600 – Bioscience Manufacturing
  • Bioscience 2550 – Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Bioscience 2800 – Bioscience Seminar
  • Bioscience 2400 – Tissue Culture
  • Bioscience 2700 – Internship

 

Other options are also available within Ursuline’s Biology program, including a 2+2 track in Biotechnology with Lakeland Community College, a Medical Technology concentration within the Life Science major, and a Pre-Medicine concentration for students of any major.

To minor in Biology, take the following courses:

  • Biology 200/Lab – Introductory Biology – Biodiversity, Form, Function and Ecology
  • Biology 205/Lab – Introductory Biology – Cells, Genetics, Energy Transfer and Evolution
  • Chemistry 103/Lab – General Chemistry I or higher
  • Chemistry 104/Lab – General Chemistry II or higher
  • Mathematics 125 – Quantitative Reasoning
  • And 12 credits (3-4 courses) above Biology 199, at least 4 credits of which must be above BI 313/L

 

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

 

Janet Kolesar, M.A (Chair)
Elizabeth Kavran, D.D.S.
Mark Kyle, D.D.S.
Jenise Snyder, Ph.D.
Lynn Ulatowski, Ph.D.
Lita Yu, Ph.D.

Are you ready?

If you’re ready to see how you can change the world as an Ursuline student, begin your application below. Not ready to apply yet? Start learning more about Ursuline by requesting information or visiting today.

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