The Biology program is part of the Department of Biological Sciences in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

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The Department of Biological Sciences develops critical thinkers by engaging students in active learning, individual research experiences, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Students become inquisitive scientists and informed citizens responsive to societal and economic issues.

Quality classroom experiences

BGSU offers an impressive array of biological science programs that prepare students for success in any science field. Undergraduates in biological sciences have the kind of hands-on experience, including research projects, field study, and internships, that may be limited to graduate students at other institutions. Departmental facilities include herpetology and microbiology laboratories, an electron and light microscopy center, an ecological research station, greenhouse facilities, and a 20,000-specimen herbarium.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Ecology
  • Genomics


The department offers degrees in biology, microbiology, and neuroscience. The Bachelor of Science in biology degree requires mathematics through calculus, organic chemistry, and at least one course in physics. Additionally, students may choose a specialization in ecology and conservation biology, forensic biology, marine and aquatic biology, or pre-health biology.


Biology facilities include herpetology and microbiology labs, an electron and light microscopy center, an ecological research station, saltwater and freshwater labs, greenhouse facilities, and a 20,000-specimen herbarium.

Internships and Careers

Students have the opportunity to participate in discovery- and course-based research, individual research under faculty supervision, field experiences, and internships. Graduates of the biology program will be competitive for employment in a variety of fields with private industry and non-governmental and governmental agencies. The biology program also prepares students for requirements of health care professional programs at the graduate level.

Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate

$29,515* — BGSU Biology graduates average starting salary

95% of Biology graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)

Go Far in your career

  • Agricultural Research
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Conservation and Restoration Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Veterinary Medicine

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The Biology program is part of the Department of Biological Sciences in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in biology are expected to:

  • Understand the basic principles of living systems at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level and how these principles are unified through evolution;
  • Understand the nature, methods of acquiring, and limitations of scientific evidence and be able to participate in the process of scientific inquiry;
  • Value the importance of living systems, natural science in general, and specifically biological science, basic research, and scientific thinking to society;
  • Communicate scientific information and reasoning in writing, orally, and in other presentation formats;
  • Apply and extrapolate biological science knowledge and skills to address local/global needs and problems.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Biology program will undergo its next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-2020.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Biology program does not lead to professional licensure.

  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Forensic Biology
  • Marine and Aquatic Biology
  • Pre-Health Biology

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact