Students interested in pursuing a degree in Biological or Biomedical Sciences are encouraged to consult with departmental faculty advisers to plan coursework or to discuss any aspect of their Biology undergraduate career. We suggest meeting with a Biology Adviser at least once per year beginning in your sophomore year, in addition to meeting with the College of Arts and Sciences advisers for your general education requirements. You will be advised by the First Year Advising Center during your freshman year; however, please feel free to come visit us as well if you have questions.
Walk-in advising hours change each semester. Scheduling an appointment is highly recommended during busy times such as registration.
Students are placed into MTH, CHM and RHT courses according to their ACT and other scores. In your first year, consider taking
A full-time load of 16 or 17 credits per semester will not permit you to register for all of these courses. If your math background is reasonably strong, (placement into MTH 141 or higher), further math courses can be delayed while beginning CHM 157. Otherwise, math should be strengthened, with chemistry following as soon as possible.
(a) BIO 111, 113 and the associated lab BIO 116 (either semester);
(b) CHM 157, 158;
(c) Math in this sequence - MTH 061, 062, 141, 122 (or 154) - according to placement;
(d) RHT 150, 160; and
(e) some general education courses.
If you are working more than 10 hours per week, or have a weak high school record, your course load should be reduced accordingly. (A full-time load may require about 50 hours of academic work per week.) Transfer students will have their incoming credits evaluated
. Academic advisers will help you plan course work at OU.
Biology majors are admitted to major standing after completing two years of biology coursework, one year of general chemistry and MTH 141, that is in one's junior year. Analysis of one's program at that time will ensure completion of all requirements by graduation time.
Students also should consider the vocational value of additional coursework in such areas as math and statistics, computer science, management, foreign language, chemistry, environmental health, or journalism.
Departmental honors may be granted to students who have been nominated by a faculty member on the basis of high academic achievement and excellence in either independent research or teaching assistance.
The specific requirements are:
- 3.20 grade point average (GPA) minimum overall and 3.50 GPA minimum in BIO courses.
- At least one 400-level BIO lecture course (BIO 405, 455, 490 and 497 do not qualify).
- Excellence in one of the following two service roles:
- Assisting in teaching a laboratory course(s) either for pay or credit.
- Performing independent laboratory study or serving as a laboratory research assistant.