Biological Sciences

Biology is the study of the cellular, organismal, and ecological characteristics of life. It is a diverse, research and application-driven professional science. Biologists examine the structure and function of all forms of life including viruses (virology), bacteria (bacteriology), fungi (mycology), plants (botany) and animals (zoology). Biologists also examine the interrelatedness of organisms in ecological populations, communities, and ecosystems. A solid foundation in chemistry, math, statistics, and technical writing are fundamental for all biologists.


Where It Will Take You

Baccalaureate degree graduates in biology can expect to be prepared for entry-level and technician positions in a wide variety of careers. Opportunities are somewhat limited, however, due to strong competition for job vacancies. Graduate-level education and experience are necessary for most professional and research-based careers. Students completing a degree in biology may pursue careers in botany, molecular biology, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology, environmental remediation, toxicology, wildlife biology, human medicine, or agriculture.

 


Transition-Oriented Program

The biology major at UC Blue Ash College provides the first two years of an anticipated baccalaureate program following transfer to an accredited college or university. While most students elect to continue their education with UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, the program is designed to articulate with other universities as well. Students completing the program of study in biology are eligible for an associate of science degree.

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Biology Department
Mark R. Otten
Phone: (513) 936-7149
Email: ottenmr@ucmail.uc.edu

Biological Sciences

What is Biological Sciences?

Biology is the study of the cellular, organismal, and ecological characteristics of life. It is a diverse, research and application-driven professional science. Biologists examine the structure and function of all forms of life including viruses (virology), bacteria (bacteriology), fungi (mycology), plants (botany) and animals (zoology). Biologists also examine the interrelatedness of organisms in ecological populations, communities, and ecosystems. A solid foundation in chemistry, math, statistics, and technical writing are fundamental for all biologists.

Success Factors

Students who are successful in biology enjoy discovery of the processes of the natural world through observation and experimentation. They have well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills and are equally adept at learning through independent reading, hands-on activity, and visual observation. Because biology is a diverse pursuit, a wide variety of personality types can enjoy success. While many biologists work alone or in small groups, most regularly interact within the larger scientific community. As such, successful biology students are both independent and sociable.

Career Possibilities

Baccalaureate degree graduates in biology can expect to be prepared for entry-level and technician positions in a wide variety of careers. Opportunities are somewhat limited, however, due to strong competition for job vacancies. Graduate-level education and experience are necessary for most professional and research-based careers. Students completing a degree in biology may pursue careers in botany, molecular biology, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology, environmental remediation, toxicology, wildlife biology, human medicine, or agriculture.

Minoring in Biological Sciences

UC Blue Ash College does not offer a minor in biology. Students who wish to minor in biology may do so once they transfer to an accredited four-year college.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for biology via the UCBA advising website: http://www.ucblueash.edu/academics/advising/advisor-list.html.

Freshman Admission Requirements

The program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Students are required to meet individual course prerequisites as described below. Students who do not meet course prerequisites may be required to successfully complete preliminary courses before admittance to scheduled program course work.

High school biology with a grade of C or better.
High school chemistry with a grade of C or better.
High school algebra II & II, plane geometry and advanced mathematics, with grades of C or better.
Placement at the level of ENGL 1001 on the UC English placement test.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Transfer into the biology program is open to all students who meet program requirements. Interested students must submit transcripts from all previous institutions for evaluation and credit assignment.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Associate of Science Degree in Biological Sciences

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

Blue Ash College

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

Biology Department, UC Blue Ash
Blue Ash, OH 45236
Phone: (513) 936-7149
Mark R. Otten
ottenmr@ucmail.uc.edu

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