BS Natural Sciences, Biology Concentration

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B.S. Natural Science Mission: The BS Natural Sciences, Biology concentration degree will provide students with a solid foundation in the biological sciences while allowing additional flexibility of specializations to include chemistry, geology, physics, or mathematics, in order to satisfy a spectrum of opportunities post-graduation; be they professional, medical, or graduate school, or immediate entry into the scientific workforce of tomorrow.

Our BS Natural Sciences with a concentration in biology degree provides students with both a depth in biology and a breadth in the Natural Sciences. As part of the program, students take 27 hours of biology coursework and 24 hours of courses in chemistry, geology, physics, and mathematics.

  • Nine highly-qualified faculty members. Eight with Ph.D.'s in biology, one with an M.S. in biology.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities every semester.
  • Upper-division classes are small, with class sizes typically around 10 – 15 students.
  • Unique ability to tailor a biology degree with other scientific and mathematical interests.
  • A teaching licensure option is available with our BS Natural Sciences degree
  • Graduates have been admitted to graduate, medical, and pharmacy schools at: The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and the University of Cincinnati.
  • We have several active biology clubs within the department that invite speakers to campus, get involved with the community, and organize social activities.
    • Our Tri-Beta Club is the Xi Upsilon chapter of the βββ National Biological Honor Society. They promote research and research activities within the department.
    • Our World Before Us Club is an environmental science based club.
  • Field-based research opportunities are available for students, including a two-week research trip to Costa-Rica that occurs during Spring/Summer.

Degree Requirements for the BS Natural Sciences with a Concentration in Biology

2018–2019 Catalog

First Year Experience (FYE) Class (1–2 hours)

  • UNIV1100 (1 hour), or
  • HONR1101 (2 hours)

The FYE requirement is waived for all transfer students who have earned 30 or more credit hours.

General Education Program (30 hours)

The Natural Science and Quantitative Reasoning components of the GEP are satisfied by the math and science requirements of this degree. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.

Biology Requirements (11-12 hours)

BIOL1151 General Biology 1 4
BIOL1152 General Biology 2 4
   Choose ONE of the Following:  
BIOL3770 Genetics and Molecular Biology  3
BIOL3850 Ecology
BIOL4770 Cell Biology
Course Title Hours

Biology Electives (16-17 hours)

Courses must be numbered 2000 or higher. 16 hours must be at 3000 or above, with at least 4 of these hours at 4000 or above. A maximum of 4 hours of BIOL4495 may be applied to the biology concentration.

Course Title Hours

Second Science Area (12 hours)

Select one area of science/math other than biology. You may choose from chemistry, geology, physics, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above.

Course Title Hours

Third Science Area (8 hours)

Select one area of science/math other than biology and your area II concentration. You may choose from chemistry, geology, physics, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above.

Course Title Hours

Additional Math (3 hours)


BIOL2200 Applied Biostatistics
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Oral Communications (3 hours; Choose One)


NTSC2900 Scientific Documentation
COMM1103 Public Speaking/ Communication 3
Course Title Hours

Capstone (3-4 hours; Choose One)

BIOL4771 Biotechnology 4
IDST4490 Senior Seminar 3
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General Electives

Once all other requirements have been met, take enough general electives to meet the 120 hour requirement.

Additional Minimum Requirements

  • Proficiency in MATH 1250 (Trigonometry) through completion, or through placement in and completion of a higher level math (i.e. MATH 2110 Calculus), is required for all BS-Natural Science concentrations
  • 2.00 overall, cumulative GPA
  • 60 semester credit hours at 2000 level or above
  • TWO courses flagged as Writing Intensive (WI) - may be satisfied by courses already counted in the GEP

Special Minimum Requirements for Transfer Students

  • 30 semester credit hours completed at SSU, of which 21 credit hours must be upper division courses (3000 – 4000 level)
  • 12 semester credit hours in the Natural Sciences completed at SSU at the 3000 or 4000 level, of which 8 must be in biology.

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Kimberly Inman, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3815 or

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