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The Department of Biological Sciences offers a wide range of degrees.  These include a BA or BS in Biology, BS in Biomedical Sciences, MA or MS in Biology, and a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.  Degrees in the biological sciences prepare students for a variety of careers.  Many of the students from our programs go on to medical school or graduate programs, or complete the 5-year STEP program leading to secondary education certification.  Our programs prepare students for graduate study in the life sciences, laboratory work and research in private and government industries, professional careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing or other allied health areas or teaching biology in high school.  The department offers a diversified selection of courses and research programs, and students select courses that suit their goals and interests.  Learn more about the areas of study

The department’s faculty maintain active, internationally-renowned, research programs in specific sub-disciplines of biological sciences which are accessible to students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  With permission, undergraduate students may elect to participate in the research laboratories of individual faculty members for which they may receive course credit (BIO 490).  Many such students have appeared as co-authors on scientific publications as a result of their participation in the research.  Such opportunities are of particular value to students preparing for graduate study, professional schools, or research positions.  Graduate students, at both the MS and the PhD level, are participating in their faculty mentor’s research program by design. 


Ten Oakland University undergraduates and graduates presented their research at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & International Research Conference in Glendale, AZ, November 6-9, 2014