Sciences and the Environment


When you choose to study science at Bowling Green State University, you learn more than current facts and theories – you gain analytical skills that allow you to investigate, experiment and understand the world around us.

BGSU offers science students excellent faculty and opportunities to participate in undergraduate research, as well as an impressive variety of science programs that enable you to pursue your 
career interests.

Students may choose to focus on certain areas such as cell and plant biology, ecology, forensic biology or chemistry, genetics, marine biology and science education. The School of Earth, Environment and Society integrates environmental health, geology, geography and environmental studies. Other areas of study include chemistry, physics and astronomy.

BGSU has created exciting new laboratory space in the chemistry department to teach organic chemistry this fall.

In addition, BGSU offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, medicine, osteopathy, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.

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It is essential for a career in the sciences that students take advantage of internships, research, and field opportunities on and off campus to hone their skills and demonstrate their passion for the discipline. These important experiences allow students to integrate classroom concepts and principles with real-world environments, organisms and issues. Because BGSU has the most extensive marine biology programs in the state, students have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized faculty to perform research only found in a comprehensive research university.

BGSU offers a Natural and Health Sciences Residential Community where students benefit from learning and socializing with other students taking similar classes, increased contacts with faculty in the health-science academic majors, and academic advising and career exploration that takes place within the residence hall.

Career Options

Recent BGSU graduates have pursued a wide variety of careers. Many science graduates have gone on to graduate school for advanced degrees in physics, astronomy, biology and chemistry. Other students have gained admission to professional schools including law and medical schools, or entered careers in education, forensic analytics and investigation, social services, industry, government, management, environmental research and regulation, private research and finance.


  • Dr. Jimmy Light ‘60, biology, organ transplant pioneer, known for simultaneous kidney transplant procedure
  • CDR Brian Parker ’85, commander in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps and commander of U.S. Government Research Vessels
  • Dr. Marj Pena ’95, associate professor of biology at University of South Carolina, doing National Institutes of Health-funded colon cancer research
  • RDML June (McIntee) Ryan ’84, first female to be promoted to rear admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard from the enlisted ranks