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Biological Sciences


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

bio-studentsIt is the purpose of the Department of Biological Sciences to develop in its students a thorough understanding and an appreciation of the principles underlying the basic functions of living organisms. The curriculum is designed for those students wishing to enter graduate, medical, dental, veterinary, or allied health schools, as well as for those planning to teach in elementary or secondary schools. Opportunity is also available for laboratory research for those planning to enter research careers.

Majors & Minors Offered

Biology (B.S.)

    • Designed for a smooth transition from High School to College
    • For students with less science background
    • During Freshman year, students take only Biology and pick Chemistry & Physics during Sophomore year

Biomedical Sciences (B.S.)

    • Students with strong science background in sciences
    • Take Biology & Chemistry during Freshman year

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 Admission
For the Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biomedical Sciences, students must have:

  • A High School GPA of 3.2
  • A composite ACT score of 22
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 must be maintained to remain in the program

Exit Examination
All 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.

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