BS Biology (Ecology/Environmental)

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As of the 2018-2019 academic year the BS BIology (ecology/environmental program is no longer accepting new majors.  Students interested pursuing careers in ecology and environmental fields should select the BS General Biology major. Students may enhance their degree by adding a minor in botany, environmental science, or zoology.

Shawnee State has an outstanding degree in BS Biology (ecology/environmental) that prepares its graduates for careers in science, as well as providing a strong preparation for students interested in graduate or professional schools.

Shawnee State's BS Biology (ecology/environmental) degree is designed for students interested in field biology, zoology, botany, ecology, environmental science, or any other area of life science related to the interaction of living things with their natural surroundings. This track is based on a philosophical commitment to relate modern life science to economic, environmental, and societal concerns. Students completing this degree can pursue careers in environmental science or related areas or can continue their education in graduate programs in ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, zoology, botany, and other related areas.

Shawnee State faculty members offer research opportunities for every student enrolled in our program, and work one-on-one with them in several dedicated research lab spaces.

  • 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.
  • 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 Biology (Ecology/Environmental)

2017–2018 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 Sciences 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 Curriculum (53 hours)

Biology Foundation (14 hours)

BIOL1151 General Biology 1 4
BIOL1152 General Biology 2 4
BIOL3770 Genetics and Molecular Biology 3
BIOL4770 Cell Biology 3
Course Title Hours

Core Requirements (15 hours)

BIOL3850 Ecology 4
BIOL3860 Field Methods 4
BIOL3870 Evolution 3
NTSC3860 Environmental Science 4
Course Title Hours

Physiology Elective (4 hours)

Select one course from the following:

BIOL3360 Animal Physiology 4
BIOL3561 Principles of Physiology 4
BIOL4270 Plant Physiology 4
Course Title Hours


Botany Electives (8 hours)

Select two courses from the following:

BIOL2250 Plant Taxonomy 4
BIOL2252 Dendrology 4
BIOL3251 Summer Flora 4
BIOL3270 Plant Anatomy and Morphology 4
Course Title Hours


Zoology Electives (8 hours)

Select two courses from the following:

BIOL3350 Entomology 4
BIOL3355 Ornithology 4
BIOL3359 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIOL3852 Marine Biology 4
BIOL4355 Animal Behavior 4
BIOL4360 Herpetology 4
BIOL4370 Mammalogy 4
BIOL4491 Limnology 4
BIOL4680 Parasitology 4
Course Title Hours

Biology Elective (4 hours)

Any biology course numbered 4000 or above that has not already been counted:

Course Title Hours

Math and Support Science (26 – 27 hours)

MATH1250 or MATH2110 Trigonometry or Calculus 1 3 or 4
BIOL2200, STAT1150, or STAT2500 Applied Biostatistics, Principles of Statistics, or Statistics 1 3
GEOL1201 Physical Geology 4
CHEM1141 General Chemistry 1
CHEM1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3305 or CHEM2200 Organic Chemistry 1 or Introduction to Organic Chemistry 4
PHYS2201 Physics 1 4
Course Title Hours

Capstone (3 hours)


IDST4490 Senior Seminar 3
Course Title Hours

General Electives

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

Additional Minimum Requirements

  • 2.00 overall, cumulative GPA
  • 60 semester credit hours at 2000 level or above
  • C– or better required in ALL biology, chemistry, and physics courses
  • 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

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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