Bachelor in Zoology

General

Program Description

Bachelor in Zoology

Ohio Wesleyan is one of a few small colleges with two closely integrated life science departments: Botany & Microbiology and Zoology. This structure allows our program to provide students with the personal attention of a small college - and a large array of specialty courses in sub-disciplines across the biological sciences. That combination is rare.

About the Majors

Ohio Wesleyan's zoology program gives you two major options, so you can create a program that fits your interests and career goals.

  • The General Zoology major is designed for students who are interested in the study of human beings and other animals, but perhaps do not want to pursue a professional career in medicine or zoology. Often, general zoology majors choose to double major in another discipline, further expanding their career options.
  • The Pre-Professional Zoology major is more suited for those preparing for medical school or graduate study in zoology. Completing this major will satisfy the minimum entrance requirements of almost all graduate programs in biology or zoology as well as meeting most of the prerequisites for medical, dental, and veterinary medicine schools.

Zoology, General Major

Ohio Wesleyan offers an uncommonly wide range of options for the study of biology because it is one of only a few small colleges with two closely integrated life science departments: Botany & Microbiology and Zoology. This structure allows our program to offer a larger diversity of specialty courses in sub-disciplines across the biological sciences than do many other schools of our size.

Accordingly, the twin departments offer six different majors. Most majors begin with a common set of core courses, but each major has unique features that make it most appropriate for the specific area of biology in which a student has the greatest interest. Some students are especially interested in particular groups of organisms, such as microbes, plants, or human beings and other animals. These students may best be served by majors in Microbiology, Botany, or General Zoology, respectively. Other students, however, may be attracted to the study of biological processes, and these students will be better served by combining courses from both departments. Genetics, molecular biology, physiology, evolution, and ecology, for example, apply across all groups of organisms. For students interested in the process-oriented approach, the Genetics or Biology majors may be more appropriate.

All members of the Biological Sciences departments serve as academic advisors and help majors and potential majors in curriculum planning. Advisors will help students choose among courses that have diverse emphases: molecular to whole-organism, laboratory, and field, practical and theoretical. Students in both departments have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities such as digital imaging equipment, a fluorescence microscopy laboratory, a scanning transmission electron microscope laboratory, and molecular biology laboratories. In addition, two museum facilities serve the program: a museum for Zoology and a herbarium for Botany and Microbiology. The Kraus and Bohannan nature preserves, 80 and 50 acres respectively, are close to campus. Several other nearby facilities within easy driving range provide apprenticeship opportunities, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture Laboratories, nearby hospitals, Stratford Ecological Center, Ohio Wildlife Center, veterinary clinics, and the Columbus Zoo.

Majors are encouraged to exceed minimum requirements and to seek out distinctive learning and research experiences. These often take the form of independent study in the junior or senior year, summer research at Ohio Wesleyan or other institutions, or summer courses at a biological field station. Some of these summer experiences may count toward major requirements.

Numerous awards are available to biological sciences majors. The Burns-Shirling Award recognizes academic excellence or service to the Botany & Microbiology Department. The Edwin G. Conklin Award recognizes excellence in independent studies by a senior zoology major. The Ralph A. Bowdle Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the Zoology Department by a senior major. The George B. Harris Award is given for outstanding academic achievement by a senior zoology major. The Esther Carpenter Awards honor senior women in each department who best exemplify the ideal of a liberal arts education and show potential for future contributions to their professions and society at large. The Edward L. Rice Scholarship offers financial assistance to zoology students who broaden their experience by taking a course at a biological field station or participating in field research during the summer. The Kraus Research Fellowships support field research at the Kraus Nature Preserve. The William D. Stull Award supports a student who performs curatorial duties in the Ohio Wesleyan Museum of Zoology. The Ichida-Decker Award recognizes Academic Excellence for a junior and senior major in botany or microbiology.

To satisfy distribution requirements, non-majors usually elect courses from among ZOOL 101, ZOOL 104, BOMI 103, BOMI 104, BOMI 106, BOMI 107, BOMI 233, ZOOL 251, ZOOL 261, and ZOOL 341. However, all courses in both departments are open to any student who meets the prerequisites.

A student who achieves a 5 or above on the International Baccalaureate High-Level Examination in Biology will be awarded credit for BIOL 120 and BIOL 122. A student who achieves a 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement test in Biology will be awarded credit for BIOL 120. Those same students may be eligible to take proficiency exams for BIOL 122, subject to strict time constraints (see University Catalog section on proficiency exams for details). Contact one of the department chairs for more information.

Course credits submitted for a major or minor in any of the Biological Sciences may not be taken credit/any entry.

The two biological science departments cooperate to deliver different major and minor options. Courses taught by faculty in Botany and Microbiology are designated with a BOMI prefix, courses taught by faculty in Zoology are designated with a ZOOL prefix, and courses taught by faculty from both departments are designated with a BIOL prefix.

Secondary Education Licensure: Students interested in teaching high school biology are required to meet biology licensure requirements. Specific requirements are available from the Education Department.

Learning Objectives

Consistent with the Departmental Mission and Goals, we expect that students who graduate with a major in Zoology will:

  1. Demonstrate a general understanding of the levels of biological organization from the molecular to the systems level.
  2. Develop a deeper understanding in a range of subjects in the biological sciences through advanced coursework.
  3. Apply the scientific method including making careful observations, asking questions, generating hypotheses, designing and conducting experiments, and analyzing and interpreting results (which includes the appropriate use of statistics).
  4. Demonstrate the ability to find, read, and critically evaluate scientific information including primary literature.
  5. Communicate topics in Zoology effectively.

Major Requirements

  • BIOL 120 - Introduction to Cell Biology
  • BIOL 122 - Organisms and Their Environment
  • ZOOL 261 - Evolution
  • or
  • BIOL 271 - Genetics
  • CHEM 110 - General Chemistry I and
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry II
  • Three additional courses in the natural sciences or math or computer science

Zoology Courses

Six zoology courses (one from each of the following three groups and any other three chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor)

(a)

  • ZOOL 325 - Human Physiology
  • ZOOL 333 - Developmental Biology
  • ZOOL 335 - Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology
  • ZOOL 351 - Cell and Molecular Biology
  • ZOOL 356 - Immunology

(b)

  • ZOOL 311 - Invertebrate Zoology
  • ZOOL 313 - Entomology
  • ZOOL 345 - Marine Biology
  • ZOOL 361 - Parasites and Immunity

(c)

  • ZOOL 329 - Human Anatomy
  • ZOOL 331 - Vertebrate Anatomy
  • ZOOL 341 - Ornithology
  • ZOOL 343 - Animal Behavior
  • ZOOL 347 - Population and Community Ecology

Note(s):

Also recommended are MATH 105, MATH 200 3, MATH 230, or PSYC 210.

Note: Courses numbered 249 and below may be taken in any order. All courses in the two departments fulfill Group II distribution requirements.

Pre-Professional Zoology Major

Ohio Wesleyan offers an uncommonly wide range of options for the study of biology because it is one of only a few small colleges with two closely integrated life science departments: Botany & Microbiology and Zoology. This structure allows our program to offer a larger diversity of specialty courses in sub-disciplines across the biological sciences than do many other schools of our size.

Accordingly, the twin departments offer six different majors. Most majors begin with a common set of core courses, but each major has unique features that make it most appropriate for the specific area of biology in which a student has the greatest interest. Some students are especially interested in particular groups of organisms, such as microbes, plants, or human beings and other animals. These students may best be served by majors in Microbiology, Botany, or General Zoology, respectively. Other students, however, may be attracted to the study of biological processes, and these students will be better served by combining courses from both departments. Genetics, molecular biology, physiology, evolution, and ecology, for example, apply across all groups of organisms. For students interested in the process-oriented approach, the Genetics or Biology majors may be more appropriate.

All members of the Biological Sciences departments serve as academic advisors and help majors and potential majors in curriculum planning. Advisors will help students choose among courses that have diverse emphases: molecular to whole-organism, laboratory, and field, practical and theoretical. Students in both departments have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities such as digital imaging equipment, a fluorescence microscopy laboratory, a scanning transmission electron microscope laboratory, and molecular biology laboratories. In addition, two museum facilities serve the program: a museum for Zoology and a herbarium for Botany and Microbiology. The Kraus and Bohannan nature preserves, 80 and 50 acres respectively, are close to campus. Several other nearby facilities within easy driving range provide apprenticeship opportunities, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture Laboratories, nearby hospitals, Stratford Ecological Center, Ohio Wildlife Center, veterinary clinics, and the Columbus Zoo.

Majors are encouraged to exceed minimum requirements and to seek out distinctive learning and research experiences. These often take the form of independent study in the junior or senior year, summer research at Ohio Wesleyan or other institutions, or summer courses at a biological field station. Some of these summer experiences may count toward major requirements.

Numerous awards are available to biological sciences majors. The Burns-Shirling Award recognizes academic excellence or service to the Botany & Microbiology Department. The Edwin G. Conklin Award recognizes excellence in independent studies by a senior zoology major. The Ralph A. Bowdle Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the Zoology Department by a senior major. The George B. Harris Award is given for outstanding academic achievement by a senior zoology major. The Esther Carpenter Awards honor senior women in each department who best exemplify the ideal of a liberal arts education and show potential for future contributions to their professions and society at large. The Edward L. Rice Scholarship offers financial assistance to zoology students who broaden their experience by taking a course at a biological field station or participating in field research during the summer. The Kraus Research Fellowships support field research at the Kraus Nature Preserve. The William D. Stull Award supports a student who performs curatorial duties in the Ohio Wesleyan Museum of Zoology. The Ichida-Decker Award recognizes Academic Excellence for a junior and senior major in botany or microbiology.

To satisfy distribution requirements, non-majors usually elect courses from among ZOOL 101, ZOOL 104, BOMI 103, BOMI 104, BOMI 106, BOMI 107, BOMI 233, ZOOL 251, ZOOL 261, and ZOOL 341. However, all courses in both departments are open to any student who meets the prerequisites.

A student who achieves a 5 or above on the International Baccalaureate High-Level Examination in Biology will be awarded credit for BIOL 120 and BIOL 122. A student who achieves a 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement test in Biology will be awarded credit for BIOL 120. Those same students may be eligible to take proficiency exams for BIOL 122, subject to strict time constraints (see University Catalog section on proficiency exams for details). Contact one of the department chairs for more information.

Course credits submitted for a major or minor in any of the Biological Sciences may not be taken credit/any entry.

The two biological science departments cooperate to deliver different major and minor options. Courses taught by faculty in Botany and Microbiology are designated with a BOMI prefix, courses taught by faculty in Zoology are designated with a ZOOL prefix, and courses taught by faculty from both departments are designated with a BIOL prefix.

Secondary Education Licensure: Students interested in teaching high school biology are required to meet biology licensure requirements. Specific requirements are available from the Education Department.

Learning Objectives

Consistent with the Departmental Mission and Goals, we expect that students who graduate with a major in Zoology will:

  1. Demonstrate a general understanding of the levels of biological organization from the molecular to the systems level.
  2. Develop a deeper understanding in a range of subjects in the biological sciences through advanced coursework.
  3. Apply the scientific method including making careful observations, asking questions, generating hypotheses, designing and conducting experiments, and analyzing and interpreting results (which includes the appropriate use of statistics).
  4. Demonstrate the ability to find, read, and critically evaluate scientific information including primary literature.
  5. Communicate topics in Zoology effectively.

Major Requirements

  • BIOL 120 - Introduction to Cell Biology and
  • BIOL 122 - Organisms and Their Environment
  • CHEM 110 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 260 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 261 - Organic Chemistry II
  • MATH 110 - Calculus I
  • MATH 111 - Calculus II

or

  • MATH 230 - Applied Statistics

or

  • MATH 200 3 - Biostatistics
  • PHYS 115 - Principles of Physics I and
  • PHYS 116 - Principles of Physics II

or

  • PHYS 110 and
  • PHYS 111
  • One additional science or math or computer science course

Zoology Courses

Four full- unit zoology courses, including one from each of the following three groups:

(a)

  • ZOOL 261 - Evolution
  • ZOOL 271

(b)

  • ZOOL 311 - Invertebrate Zoology
  • ZOOL 313 - Entomology
  • ZOOL 329 - Human Anatomy
  • ZOOL 331 - Vertebrate Anatomy
  • ZOOL 341 - Ornithology
  • ZOOL 343 - Animal Behavior
  • ZOOL 345 - Marine Biology
  • ZOOL 347 - Population and Community Ecology
  • ZOOL 349 - Island Biology
  • ZOOL 353 - Conservation Biology
  • ZOOL 361 - Parasites and Immunity

(c)

  • ZOOL 325 - Human Physiology
  • ZOOL 333 - Developmental Biology
  • ZOOL 335 - Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology
  • ZOOL 351 - Cell and Molecular Biology
  • ZOOL 356 - Immunology

Note(s):

Students are urged to consult with their advisors as to which of the recommended courses will be most appropriate to their particular interests and plans. This major will satisfy the minimum entrance requirements of almost all graduate departments of biological science. Most health professions schools (e.g., medical, dental, or veterinary) would also require a semester of biochemistry.

Note: Courses numbered 249 and below may be taken in any order. All courses in the two departments fulfill Group II distribution requirements.

Think Big

Undergraduate research is a core part of The OWU Connection, and zoology students participate in independent projects, internships, and research with OWU professors and at other universities, research centers. and zoos.

In the 10-week Summer Science Research Program, students work in paid positions, carrying out cutting-edge research alongside faculty mentors.

Go Global

From your first year on campus, you can get off campus with Travel-Learning Courses, a key part of The OWU Connection. Journey to a distant land and immerse yourself in another landscape and culture.

Recent Travel-Learning Courses have taken zoology students to Brazil, Costa Rica, East Africa, the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador, and North Carolina.

Get Real

Build your experience and connections to the professional world with internships at the Columbus Zoo, wildlife centers around the world, universities, museums, and other organizations. OWU zoology faculty use their connections in the field to help many students secure valuable internships.

Zoology students also have received University-funded Theory-to-Practice Grants for research projects from Bolivia to Japan to Vietnam.

Inspired Teaching

OWU faculties are outstanding scholars and researchers—and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.

They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique I³ lectures.

Last updated August 2018

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