Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Degrees in biology, microbiology, and neuroscience; specializations in ecology and conservation, forensic biology, marine and aquatic biology and pre-health biology.

Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences develops critical thinkers by engaging students in active learning, individual research experiences, and interdisciplinary collaborations. The department offers degrees in biology, microbiology, and neuroscience. Additionally, students may choose a specialization in ecology and conservation biology, forensic biology, marine and aquatic biology, or pre-health biology. Our research and teaching encompass both fundamental basic science and targeted efforts to address societal challenges, including those of medical and environmental relevance.

The mission of the department is four-fold:

  • Providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate student instruction and training
  • Conducting biological research of national and international significance
  • Providing professional leadership to national and international scientific communities
  • Aiding society through public outreach, education and applied research, embracing our mission as a public university for the public good

Smaller algal blooms in 2020

Dr. Timothy Davis, associate professor of biological sciences, discusses the 2020 algal bloom forecast for Lake Erie. He warns that although the size of the algal bloom should be smaller this year, it could still be very toxic. Read More

Class of 2020 Success Story: Savanna Brown is buggy about insects

Savanna Brown didn’t flinch when the pet cockroach perched on her arm gave birth to a squirming mass of baby insects as she talked to a group of middle school students attending Women in STEM Day at Bowling Green State University. Read More

BGSU researchers receive NOAA grant for aquaponics

Dr. Kevin Neves, an assistant teaching professor in biological sciences, always has been interested in sustainable aquaculture, or fish farming. Read More

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Biology are expected to be able 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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
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 2019-20.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
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.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Biology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.


  • Marine and Aquatic Biology
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Forensic Biology