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Environmental and Field Biology

CLIMATE CHANGE. EXTINCTION. POLLUTION. DEFORESTATION. INVASIVE SPECIES. BECOME AN EXPERT ON THE MOST DEFINING ISSUES OF OUR TIMES. THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND FIELD BIOLOGY MAJOR IS TARGETED TOWARD STUDENTS INTERESTED IN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. IT’S A FAST-GROWING FIELD WITH TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY.

BECOME AN ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERT

The natural sciences form the backbone of the environmental and field biology program. You’ll take courses in biology, chemistry, botany, geology and ecology. You’ll also explore other disciplines – like law and public policy – as they intersect with the environment. And you’ll learn how to lead, innovate, negotiate and find solutions to difficult problems. These skills are imperative in the environmental field.

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. As a freshman, you’ll be in the lab working with real professors – not graduate assistants or lab instructors. Throughout your four years, you’ll design and conduct your own experiments, engage in field research, job-shadow environmental professionals, and assist professors with grant-funded research. 

From the time you arrive on campus until you graduate, you’ll be guided by a faculty advisor. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, co-ops, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond.

From interning at a government agency to spending a semester studying abroad, from presenting your research at a national conference to heading up a student organization – the opportunities open to you are truly incredible!

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to help preserve our planet for future generations. Your knowledge and skills will be in demand – no matter where your path leads you.

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

BE STRATEGIC

We’ll help you be strategic about your future. During your freshman and sophomore years, you’ll job-shadow environmental professionals to explore career options that may interest you. In your senior year, you’ll complete an internship or co-op experience to build your résumé. Students in the past have interned at the National Forestry Service in Oregon; Alloway Labs in Lima, Ohio; Fisheries Research in Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.

TAKE A ROAD TRIP

We don’t hole up in the classroom and lab. We get out in the field and get our hands dirty. The Metzger Nature Center offers the ideal spot. This 70-acre farm is nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscarawas County – 160 miles east of Ada. With forests, fields, natural streams and springs, and dissected sand stone gulleys, there’s plenty to uncover and study. Expect to spend some serious time at this cool location. 

SCIENTISTS IN THE HOUSE

Every year, we bring renowned life-science scholars to campus to share their discoveries – and their journeys – with students. Recent speakers for the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences have included Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer and explorer, and Dr. Sharon Norton, director of development for the Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition.



Alan Bowsher

THINK SUCCESS

ALAN BOWSHER BS WITH A MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND FIELD BIOLOGY

“At ONU, I felt like a scientist-in-training rather than an anonymous student in a large lecture hall. My professors were always there to answer my questions. The courses were excellent and a great stepping stone for the challenges of graduate school. I enjoy teaching students and researching a topic I’m very interested in. I’m constantly learning new scientific skills and techniques, and I get to work with brilliant scientists from around the country,” he says.

Alan Bowsher has always loved wildlife and the great outdoors. At ONU, he ran cross country and track, went on a class field trip to the Gulf Coast, and obtained a summer internship researching plant genomics at Michigan State University sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Today, he’s a post-doctoral research and teaching associate at the University of Georgia, where he recently completed his Ph.D. in plant biology. His research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of sunflowers.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Our environmental and field biology students consistently obtain impressive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) for the summer – beating out their peers at other institutions for these coveted spots. 
  • Our graduates get accepted into top-notch graduate schools, including Ball State University, Clemson University, Ohio State University, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of Indiana, Washington University, and the University of Cincinnati. 

 

Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences

Jane Brown

419-772-2325
j-brown@onu.edu
Meyer 118
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed