Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences


Since 1929, the College of Arts and Sciences at BGSU has offered innovative and engaging academic programs to the students at Bowling Green State University, educating young leaders through a rich liberal arts curriculum and offering areas of study in the sciences that take you from the depths of the Great Lakes to the farthest corners of the universe.  All of our programs feature advanced equipment for research and learning.

Although we're BGSU's largest college, we pride ourselves on the personal attention we afford students. The College advising staff is available to help undecided students determine the major that's right for them, explore career options, schedule classes, and plan ahead so they can graduate on time. Faculty advisors in each of our departments are also available to advise their majors about internships, co-ops, courses, graduate school, and careers as well as talk to them about their long-range aspirations and immediate concerns.

College of Arts & Sciences

205 Administration Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Fax: 419-372-8548

Davis honored in Washington, D.C., for research on harmful algal blooms

Davis honored in Washington, D.C., for research on harmful algal blooms

Dr. Timothy Davis, an associate professor of biological sciences at Bowling Green State University, received the Gears of Government President’s Award on May 22 for significantly advancing rapid and remote detection of harmful algal bloom toxins (HABs).

The President’s Awards recognize the best of the best. They are the highest level of distinction within the Gears of Government Awards program, with awardees selected from more than 200 teams and individuals already recognized by their agencies for outstanding mission results, customer service and accountable stewardship.

The awards ceremony took place in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Read More

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Fighting back against the Emerald Ash Borer

The public health, social, environmental and economic benefits of trees are well known – and continue to expand with current trends like forest bathing. But since 2003, a little green beetle has been threatening trees in Ohio and beyond.

The emerald ash borer, an invasive, exotic beetle discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002, has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. In Ohio, where at one time one in every 10 trees was an ash tree, the ½-inch long bug seemed to have won its war.

But Bowling Green State University postdoctoral researcher Dr. Rachel Kappler, biological sciences, says all may not be lost.

“The future will be variable,” she said. “So we have to just keep ourselves aware and informed and expect that, by the time the next tree generation turns from youth to adult, management methods may prove to be beneficial. I want the public to keep hope that we’ll be able to keep ash trees around.” Read More

Donahue Honored by Ohio Senate

Donahue Honored by Ohio Senate

Dr. Matthew Donahue was surprised recently when, upon returning to campus from a research trip, he opened his mail and found a proclamation from the Ohio Senate commending him “for remarkable attainment” on a recent project. Donahue, a lecturer in popular culture in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, said he was astounded to learn that the legislature, thanks to Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R., 2nd District), had recognized him for his documentary “The Amsterdam T-Shirt Project.”

An icon of popular culture, the T-shirt has been used since the late 1950s almost as a “removable tattoo” to express oneself, Donahue said, and has also turned into a huge industry, especially in the travel sector. He found that Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, is particularly known for producing commemorative T-shirts. He received a travel grant from the Popular Culture Association to explore and document the phenomenon, including Amsterdam artists, vendors and T-shirt shop owners. The resulting film placed in the top four among American independent filmmakers in the 2019 Travel Video Awards sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. Read More

News and Events

  • Donahue on Asian popular culture – Toledo Blade
  • Donahue on professional wrestling – The Blade
  • Messer-Kruse on Champion T-shirt revival – The Blade
  • Summer art class Toledo mural project – La Prensa
  • Montana Miller on skydiving – WGTE-FM
  • Brown on impact of divorce on finances – Bloomberg

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