The BASICS: Biology
- Department: Integrative Biology
- Degrees offered: Bachelor of Science, Honors Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Ph.D.
- Online option: No (See Zoology for a related major that is available online)
- Biology minor: Learn more about the biology minor
- Biology graduate program: Learn more about the graduate program
What is biology?
Biology seeks to unravel the mysteries of living organisms, from the microscopic world of cells to the grandeur of entire ecosystems. As a biology major, you'll delve into core principles around the growth, adaptation, genetics, and interconnectedness of all life forms. Your studies will unveil the wonders of genetics, evolutionary processes and biodiversity while providing profound insights into humans' place within it.
Why get a biology degree?
As an OSU biology major, you’ll be trained for life science careers ranging from human/animal health to public policy. Thinking about grad school? You’ll be well prepared for graduate programs and professional schools including medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and more. Your curriculum will cover genetics, physiology, marine biology, ecology and conservation — to name a few. Plus, an OSU biology degree offers field, clinical and laboratory research experiences that complement your studies in the classroom.
What do biologists do?
Look no further than the work done by our integrative biology researchers. They explore the living world at every scale, from microscopic molecular foundations of living systems to global-scale geological and evolutionary patterns across large time scales.