The Department of Biological Sciences offers quality education that prepares its students for future academic and professional careers. The department also emphasizes spiritual growth and service learning.
Purpose and Goals of the Department of Biological Sciences
Majors & Minors Offered
Biomedical Sciences (B.S.)
Biology Education (B.S.)
What can you do with this degree?Biology remains the major of choice for students who desire to become medical doctors. However, biology, the study of living things, is a science that encompasses many specialties and opportunities for rewarding careers. Modern biology pursues the quest for a full understanding, at the molecular level, of the basic mechanisms underlying life processes, while also concerning itself with current social issues related to human health, behavior, overpopulation, and the impact made on the earth’s natural, life-sustaining environment. Many trained biologists and health professionals will be needed in the search for effective answers to such dilemmas as AIDS, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and inborn errors of metabolism.
Both degree programs prepare students for medical, dental, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and graduate schools. About 90% of Oakwood students going to medical & dental schools are Biology or Biomedical Sciences majors. The Biomedical Sciences option prepares students for a job market if they choose to take a deferment or a one year break before matriculating in med school.
Graduates from this department may also pursue careers in agriculture, allied health professions, environmental sciences, dentistry, medicine, and teaching.
Affirmation From Students/Alumni
Photo of Ritchie holding OR lights in the Human Gross Anatomy Lab donated by Mrs. Clara White and Dr. Jeffeory White
Application for AdmissionFor the Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biomedical Sciences, students must have:
Exit ExaminationAll senior biology majors are required to take one of the following exit examinations: Departmental Exit Exam, which must be passed by one standard deviation below the mean; the ETS Major Field Test (MFT), which must be passed by one standard deviation below the national score mean or the GRE Advanced Biology Test which must be passed with a score of at least 850.
Biological SciencesCooper Complex7000 Adventist Blvd NWHuntsville, AL 35896Phone: (256) 726-8355Fax: (256) 726-7055