BGSU offers innovative and engaging academic programs to the students at Bowling Green State University, educating young leaders 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.

Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences is a diverse group of faculty and students focused on the study of living organisms across a wide variety of scales from the cellular and molecular to the landscape scales. In addition, students and faculty regularly collaborate with colleagues in other departments and institutions to foster truly interdisciplinary approaches both in the classroom and in the research setting. Research strengths of the department include: Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyEcology and Conservation Biology, and Neuroscience and Behavior.

We offer three undergraduate majors (biology, microbiology and neuroscience), three specializations (Ecology and Conservation Biology; Marine and Aquatic Biology; Forensic Biology) and master's and doctoral degree work in the three areas of focus as well as in related areas.


BGSU's proud tradition of excellence in chemistry begins with a dedicated faculty providing a wide range of courses, including sequences in biochemistry, analytical, organic, physical, inorganic chemistry, and opportunities in materials science. Courses are supported with excellent laboratory facilities and state of the art instrumentation.  

Along with a B.S. in Chemistry, the Department also offers a M.S. degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences. The Center for Photochemical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry have developed a uniquely focused Ph.D. program in the photochemical sciences, designed for students with backgrounds in physics, biological sciences or chemistry. The coursework prepares students in the area of photochemistry and photophysics, and examines applications in fundamental areas of chemistry, materials science, biological sciences, physics, and spectroscopy and/or photopolymer science.

Graduates are sought after by graduate schools, medical and dental schools, by the chemical industry, and in many allied research entities around the United States.

School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies (HMSLS)

The School of HMSLS features a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on diverse areas, which includes Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management. For those interested in specialized, advanced study, the School features a Masters-level graduate program in leisure and tourism as well.

School of Earth, Environment and Society

The School of Earth, Environment and Society (SEES) was formed in 2007 to integrate Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, and strengthen multidisciplinary research and teaching for understanding the earth’s processes and our interactions with the environment.

Current interdisciplinary programs in the School are Geospatial Science and Environmental Quality. The programs consider issues that are likely to be dominant in the next century, including sustainability of human society, human health issues, population growth, global urbanization and industrialization, rapid consumption of natural and nonrenewable resources, environmental degradation, and climate change.  

The School of Earth, Environment and Society offers a Master of Science degree in Applied Geospatial Science, a Master of Science in Geology, and a Certificate in Geospatial Technology. 

Within the School, students can earn a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science/Policy, Geography, or Geology or a Master’s degree in Applied Geospatial Science or Geology.  Graduates from these programs are well qualified to go onto graduate school or find public and private sector jobs in areas like energy, minerals, environmental planning/remediation, and geospatial science.

Department of Political Science  

The Department of Political Science is devoted to the study of political power, political institutions, public policy, public opinion, citizen participation, political economy, and the international system.

The department offers an undergraduate major and minor in political science, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, a dual Master's degree in Political Science and German, and a Bachelors of Science degree program in Fire Administration.

The department prepares students for success in graduate study, law school, and public service, as well as a variety of non-governmental and private sector careers.