Why study Biological Sciences?

Biology is the study of the cellular, organismal, and ecological characteristics of life. It is a diverse, research and application-driven professional science. Biologists examine the structure and function of all forms of life including viruses (virology), bacteria (bacteriology), fungi (mycology), plants (botany) and animals (zoology). Biologists also examine the interrelatedness of organisms in ecological populations, communities, and ecosystems. A solid foundation in chemistry, math, statistics, and technical writing are fundamental for all biologists.

Admission Requirements

The program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Students are required to meet individual course prerequisites as described below. Students who do not meet course prerequisites may be required to successfully complete preliminary courses before admittance to scheduled program course work.

High school biology with a grade of C or better.
High school chemistry with a grade of C or better.
High school algebra II & II, plane geometry and advanced mathematics, with grades of C or better.
Placement at the level of ENGL 1001 on the UC English placement test.

Students who are successful in biology enjoy discovery of the processes of the natural world through observation and experimentation. They have well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills and are equally adept at learning through independent reading, hands-on activity, and visual observation. Because biology is a diverse pursuit, a wide variety of personality types can enjoy success. While many biologists work alone or in small groups, most regularly interact within the larger scientific community. As such, successful biology students are both independent and sociable.

Baccalaureate degree graduates in biology can expect to be prepared for entry-level and technician positions in a wide variety of careers. Opportunities are somewhat limited, however, due to strong competition for job vacancies. Graduate-level education and experience are necessary for most professional and research-based careers. Students completing a degree in biology may pursue careers in botany, molecular biology, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology, environmental remediation, toxicology, wildlife biology, human medicine, or agriculture.

UC Blue Ash College does not offer a minor in biology. Students who wish to minor in biology may do so once they transfer to an accredited four-year college.

Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for biology via the UCBA advising website: https://www.ucblueash.edu/academics/advising/advisor-list.html.

Transfer into the biology program is open to all students who meet program requirements. Interested students must submit transcripts from all previous institutions for evaluation and credit assignment.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Mark R. Otten
Biology Department, UC Blue Ash
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 936-7149
ottenmr@ucmail.uc.edu