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College of Arts and Sciences
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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