Department of Biological Sciences
Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225


Undergraduate Programs

Biology is a creative, passionate, and inquisitive pursuit of knowledge about the living world around us. It is a dynamic field with new technological advances. Students in our programs are driven and engaged in their learning; we invite you to experience biology first hand. Faculty are committed to providing exceptional teaching and research experiences. Together we will help you grow a lifelong passion for the biological sciences, apply valuable skills to your career, and reach your goals. The Department of Biological Sciences houses accomplished research laboratories where undergraduates work directly with faculty and graduate students on independent research projects. This unique hands-on experience will prepare you for a future career in science.

Biology
B.A.

With an undergraduate degree in biology, you will be prepared for graduate study in the life sciences and various career options from ecologist to educator to wildlife biologist. 

The B.A. is designed for students intending to incorporate a biology major into a broader liberal arts program in pursuit of careers in technical fields or business or postgraduate study. See the link below for a sample schedule.  

Students in the B.A. curriculum who wish to apply to medical or dental schools are advised to complete the concentration in pre-medical studies: medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine. 

Many biology majors elect to participate in the research programs of individual faculty members for which they receive course credit (BIO 4995). The student must initiate the process by talking to faculty members about their research programs. Laboratory space is limited so an early commitment of a year's involvement is expected. Other students carry out a library literature search (BIO 3920) under a faculty mentor. A third option is BIO 4970, Scientific Inquiry and Communication. One of these options is required for both the B.S. and the B.A. degrees.
Biology
B.S.

With an undergraduate degree in biology, you will be prepared for graduate study in the life sciences and various career options from ecologist  to educator to wildlife biologist. 

The B.S. is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the sciences, including medicine and health-related fields. Bachelor of Science students may elect to specialize in anatomy, microbiology, applied statistics (also available to B.A. students) or cell-molecular biology. See the  B.S. catalog entry for more information about these specializations and the link below for a sample schedule.

Many biology majors elect to participate in the research programs of individual faculty members for which they receive course credit (BIO 4995). The student must initiate the process by talking to faculty members about their  research programs. Laboratory space is limited so an early commitment of a year's involvement is expected. Other students carry out a library literature search (BIO 3920) under a faculty mentor. A third option is BIO 4970, Scientific Inquiry and Communication. One of these options is required for both the B.S. and the B.A. degrees.
Biomedical
Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences major at Oakland University is designed to provide excellent preparation for accomplished undergraduates students who: 

  1. plan on continuing education towards a medical professional degree (M.D., D.O., P.A., D.V.M., etc.) or 
  2. are interested in pursuing a graduate degree (M.S., Ph.D.) leading to a research career in human biology. 
This major integrates a multitude of core disciplines and provides students with a comprehensive foundation in biology and other basic sciences. The coursework also includes requirements in psychology, ethics, and social sciences, which complement the basic sciences for specialization areas in which human interaction is a significant component. A balance between theoretical and practical experience and an emphasis on integrative biology are key elements to the biomedical sciences major. Satisfactory completion of the program requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the core courses.

Students will be admitted to the program upon completing BIO 1200 and CHM 1440, each with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 and declaring the major.

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biomedical science, students must complete a minimum of 116 credits including the core courses and 12 credits from the list of program elective courses.
Bio-
chemistry

This interdepartmental program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biochemistry. The biochemistry program is based on faculty resources and research facilities in the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a career in biochemical research, graduate study in biochemistry or molecular biology, or professional education in medicine, dentistry or other health sciences.

The specialized research facilities for cellular and analytical biochemistry at Oakland University include tissue culture facilities, an ultracentrifugation laboratory, isotope laboratories with beta and gamma counters, equipment for gas and high pressure liquid chromatography, and GC/MS, UV-vis, fluorescence, NMR, EPR, laser Raman, and atomic absorption spectrometers. Recent biochemical instrumentation acquisitions include a flow cytometer, a radioisotopic image analyzer, automated capillary electrophoresis, confocal microscope and DNA sequencer.

Undergraduate students in the biochemistry program have access to faculty research laboratories and are encouraged to participate in various ongoing research programs such as studies in metabolism, gene expression, hormone action, immunochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics and macromolecular structure. The minimum requirement for a B.S. in biochemistry is 124 credits, including course work in biological sciences (16 credits), chemistry (32 credits) and biochemistry (12 credits) as detailed below. No more than 8 credits of course work used to fulfill the requirements of a major or minor in biology or chemistry may be used to fulfill the requirements of a major in biochemistry.

Program honors and scholarships

Program honors may be granted to graduating seniors in biochemistry on the basis of high academic achievement (minimum 3.60 overall grade point average) and excellence in biochemical research at Oakland University.

The Professional Biochemistry Scholarship sponsored by Oxford Biomedical Research Inc. will be awarded to a junior biochemistry major who shows promise for achievement in the field based on performance in BCM 4254/4256/4257 and evaluation by the Biochemistry Committee.

For more information contact:

Sanela Martic, Program Coordinator
(248) 370-3088
martic@oakland.edu

Bio-
engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering, is an emerging interdisciplinary field that is based on the increasing symbiosis between the biological sciences and engineering disciplines. Evolution in engineering technology and scientific knowledge resulted in new specializations in the work force, including bioinformatics, computational biology, biomedical imaging, bio-instrument and sensor technology, tissue engineering, bionics, genetic engineering, and MEMS-based diagnosis and drug delivery. Training in Bioengineering provides the necessary foundations in the life sciences and in engineering, along with more focused training in one of five areas of specialty.

Am I a candidate for Bioengineering?

Students should be capable of handling calculus-level math and physics, comprehensive chemistry and advanced-level biological sciences. Students can enroll into the program at any phase of their college experience. In particular, the program is designed so that the undecided engineering or sciences student can start by taking the core classes before committing to Bioengineering. The first two years of the program mainly include foundations in the sciences and engineering, while the specialized courses are offered in the third and fourth years. Consult with the program advisers to learn about how you can join, or transfer into this program.

Program overview

The program in Bioengineering, offered jointly by the School of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Arts and Sciences, leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. It combines training in biology with depth in either computation or engineering.

To earn the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Bioengineering, students must complete 129 credit hours; 32 of these credits must be at 300-level or above. 

For more information contact:

Shailesh Lal
Program Coordinator, Adviser
(248) 370-2875
lal@oakland.edu

Darrin Hanna
Program Adviser
(248) 370-2170
dmhanna@oakland.edu

Minors
& STEP

Liberal arts minor in biology

Students in other departments who wish to minor in biology must take a minimum of 20 credits in biology. Students majoring in other life science areas should be familiar with the restrictions on dual use of courses to satisfy both major and minor requirements. Please refer to the 
undergraduate catalog for more information. 

Secondary teaching options

Prepare for a career in teaching biology at the secondary level with the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), which leads to a recommendation for certification to the Michigan Department of Education. Generally, eligibility for admission to the STEP requires a GPA of 3.00 in both the major and minor, and an overall GPA of 2.80. No single major or minor course grade may be below 2.0. Second-undergraduate degree candidates completing major and/or minors may be required to complete additional coursework at Oakland University beyond the stated minimums. Students in this program must complete the requirements for a B.A. or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and concurrently fulfill the major requirements listed in the catalog. See a sample schedule

secondary teaching minor requires a minimum of 20 credits in biology. See the catalog for specific requirements. Note: Students also are expected to have pre-calculus mathematics. Generally, a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 is required in courses included in the minor, with no single course grade below 2.0. Post-baccalaureate candidates completing the minor may be required to take additional courses at Oakland University beyond the stated minimums. Students must consult a departmental adviser.