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Department of Biology
Phone: (405) 325-5661

Degree Sheets

Review the undergraduate degree requirements for this major.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Biology provides students a background that can be used for a variety of careers. Students majoring in Biology can go on to study in such health-related fields as Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health. Other students choose to pursue a career in Environmental Law or Science. The Department of Biology provides students a solid base from which to explore these different career paths.

Faculty members in the department work to provide Biology students with opportunities to conduct research. Students can participate in ongoing faculty research in areas such as evolution, animal behavior, cell biology, development and neuroscience. Students are also encouraged to pursue their own research interests, and faculty members work with students to design and carry out experiments. Some students publish their work or present at national or international conferences.

Biology students can participate in numerous clubs and programs. In Biology Aid Program (ZAP), upperclassmen tutor students in Introductory Zoology. The program is usually mutually beneficial for both students. Students can also be members of the Zoological Society, which allows them to network with other Biology and advance their Biology knowledge.

Notable Achievements
Faculty members in the Biology department have been published in such prestigious academic publications as Nature, The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Journal of Comparative Physiology. The program is also internationally recognized for its advances in the neurosciences, environmental sciences and animal behavior.

Degree Options
A Biology student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biology or Biology Biomedical Science degree. Students can then choose to further their education and pursue a Master of Science, a Master of Natural Science or a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Interests and Skills
Zoology students typically have interests in science and mathematics. Students are also usually interested in animals and often the medical professions. High school preparation should include courses in math and science, particularly biological sciences.

Types of Employers
Private practice
Federal and State Government
Veterinary clinics

Jobs of Recent OU Graduates
Research assistant
Environmental consultant
Biology teacher
Laboratory technician

Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Clinical instructor, OU Health Sciences Center
Family physician, River Road Family Physicians
Physician, Private practice
University Professor/Administrator
Veterinarian, Miracle Mile Animal Clinic
Dentist, private practice

Many Zoology students continue their education by pursuing graduate-level studies. Students often pursue a wide a variety of advanced degrees including Dental, Medicine, Environmental Sciences and Veterinary Sciences.