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Biology - B.S.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Kent
Fall

Kent
Spring

Program description

Biology - B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is for students who are interested in pursuing an in-depth specialization as a biologist or wish to pursue a medical or health care career.

The Biology major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Molecular and Cellular Biology concentration is the study of biological processes within and between individual cells, allowing for a better understanding of biological principles in normal and diseased states. The focus of this program includes concepts related to the genetic basis of life, regulation of gene expression and cellular functions.
  • The Organismal Biology concentration allows students to examine organisms in their natural environment and address fundamental principles of survival and adaptation in discrete micro-environments and entire ecosystems. While basic concepts of biological and chemical functions are covered, the focus of this concentration is comprehensive aspects of the whole organism.
  • The Pre-Medicine/Pre-Podiatry/Pre-Dentistry concentration prepares students for careers in medicine and health care. The curriculum provides the courses necessary for admission to advanced degree programs in healthcare and biomedical science professions.

Admission requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus:

The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.


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Program content

Molecular and Cellular Biology Concentration

Semester One

  • Biological Diversity (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry I (KBS)
  • General Chemistry I Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Biological Foundations (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry Ii (KBS)
  • General Chemistry Ii Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Cell Biology
  • Basic Organic Chemistry I (or) Organic Chemistry I
  • Basic Organic Chemistry II (or) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (ELR) (or) Organic Chemistry II
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (KMCR)

Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives

Semester Four

  • Elements of Genetics
  • Basic Organic Chemistry II (or) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (Elr) (or) Organic Chemistry II
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (or) Basic Probability and Statistics

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

General Electives

Semester Five

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives
  • Foreign Language
  • Kent Core Requirement

Semester Six

  • Molecular Biology

Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives

Foreign Language

Semester Seven

  • Evolution
  • Writing in the Biological Sciences (WIC)

Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives

General Electives

Semester Eight

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives
  • General Electives

Organismal Biology Concentration

Semester One

  • Biological Diversity (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry I (KBS)
  • General Chemistry I Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Biological Foundations (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry Ii (KBS)
  • General Chemistry Ii Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Basic Organic Chemistry I (or) Organic Chemistry I
  • Basic Organic Chemistry II (or) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (ELR) (or) Organic Chemistry II

Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives

Organismal Core Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Elements of Genetics
  • Basic Organic Chemistry II (or) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (ELR) (or) Organic Chemistry II
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (KMCR)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (or) Basic Probability and Statistics

Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives

Foreign Language

Semester Six

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives
  • Organismal Core Electives
  • Foreign Language

Semester Seven

  • Evolution
  • Writing in the Biological Sciences (WIC)

Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives

General Electives

Semester Eight

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics Electives
  • General Electives

PreMedicine/PrePodiatry/PreDentistry Concentration

Semester One

  • Biological Diversity (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry I (KBS)
  • General Chemistry I Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Psychology (DIVD) (KSS)
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Semester Two

  • Biological Foundations (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry II (KBS)
  • General Chemistry II Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)
  • Introduction to Sociology (DIVD) (KSS)

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Cell Biology
  • Basic Organic Chemistry I (or) Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (ELR)
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (KMCR)

Semester Four

  • Career Pathways in Biology
  • Elements of Genetics
  • Writing in the Biological Sciences (WIC)
  • Basic Organic Chemistry II (or) Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (or) Basic Probability and Statistics

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Human Physiology (or) Animal Physiology

Biology (BSCI) Upper-Division Electives (30000 or 40000 level)

Physics Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Six

  • General Microbiology
  • Introductory Biological Chemistry (or) Biochemical Foundations of Medicine

Biology (BSCI) Upper-Division Electives (30000 or 40000 level)

Physics Electives

Semester Seven

  • Evolution

Biology (BSCI) Upper-Division Electives (30000 or 40000 level)

Foreign Language

General Electives

Semester Eight

  • Biology (BSCI) Upper-Division Electives (30000 or 40000 level)
  • Foreign Language
  • General Electives

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Tuition fees

Undergraduate

  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year

Qualification

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamental biological principles.
  2. Acquire the fundamental skills necessary for laboratory and field investigations.
  3. Conduct proper experimental design, analyze biological data and communicate research results.
  4. Know and appreciate the role that biology plays in societal issues, such as those related to the environment, biodiversity, ethics, human health and disease.

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Kent State University

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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