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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613


The Bachelor of Arts in Biology is designed for students interested in the biological sciences but eager to pursue a wider variety 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 from which students choose one: 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. Students who select this program are interested in processes that occur within cells, molecular techniques and genetics. Biology majors with this degree have the option to seek employment immediately after graduation in the private, public or nonprofit sector, or to continue their education in graduate or professional programs.

Organismal Biology enables students to focus on whole organism studies. This degree helps prepare students for graduate school in areas such as ecology and animal/plant science, and for careers not requiring extensive molecular and cell biology skills. Biology majors may seek employment immediately after graduation or continue their education in graduate or professional programs.

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

Career Opportunities

Biologists work in a variety of settings and alumni with a biology degree from Kent state can directly enter into the workflorce. Career opportunities are avaialbalbe at state, local, and federal agencies, privately owned companies, industry and non-profit groups. Other students may choose to further their education beyond a bachelor's degree by attending graduate or professional school. These students may seek employment opportunities as professors or other educators, or in health care professions as doctors, dentists, physician assistants and other health care workers.

The Department of Biological Sciences has several mechanisms to help students prepare for their future careers. All students, particularly those who plan to attend 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 various job options within the biological sciences and how to achieve their career 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.


Admission Requirements

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.  

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biological principles as outlined in specific courses.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of proper experimental design and analysis of biological data.

3. Understand the role of biology in societal issues, such as those related to the environment, biodiversity, ethics, human health and diseases.

4. Acquire the fundamental skills necessary for laboratory and field investigations.

5. Demonstrate a greater interest in exploring areas of biology in more depth. 

6. Be more aware of pathways that will most appropriately direct them to their identified career goals and professional interests (entering the workforce, graduate schools, and professional schools).

7. Have improved oral and written skills which will allow them to communicate research results and other biological concepts in an effective manner.    

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Bachelors of Arts: Departmental Zoology/Conservation Club

Bachelors of Science: Departmental Zoology/Conservation Club, American Medical Student Association, Phi Delta Epsilon

Advanced Degree Programs

Biological Sciences with fields of study in BotanyCell BiologyEcology and Physiology (M.A./M.S./Ph.D.)

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.   MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (47 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4
  10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics 3
    40163 Evolution 3
WIC   40600 Writing in the Biological Sciences*** 1
    Biology Electives (11 credit hours must be upper-division)**** 16
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 4
KAD   10061 General Chemistry II 4
KBS   10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
    10063 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus 3
KAD   11022 Trigonometry 3
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language** 14-20
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences)***** 3
  General Electives (minimum of 24 upper-division credit hours)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

**Fulfills College General Requirements.

*** A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

****Any combination of BSCI courses. Students should consult with a biology advisor to determine the most appropriate courses given their disciplinary interests and career aspirations.

*****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (JUS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

The following Biological Sciences (BSCI) courses may NOT be used in the elective category for majors or minors in the Department of Biological


10001   Human Biology   3
10002   Life on Planet Earth   3
10003   Laboratory Experience in Biology   1
10100   Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians   5
11001   Anatomy for Physical and Occupational Therapy   5
11010   Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health   3
11020   Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health   3
16001   Horticultural Botany   3
20020   Biological Structure and Function   5
20021   Basic Microbiology   3
20022   Basic Microbiology Laboratory   1
26002   Ecological Principles of Pest Management   3
26003   Plant Identification and Selection I   3
26004   Plant Identification and Selection II   3
30050   Human Genetics   3
40020   Biology of Aging   3

Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

a. Intermediate I and II of the same language
b. Elementary I and II of a second language
c. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    -Intermediate I of the same language
    -MCLS 10001 Introduction to Structural Concepts for Language Students
    -MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness
    -MCLS 20091 Seminar: Global Literacy Case Studies

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.