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About the department

The Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences is housed on the first floor of the Meyer Hall of Science and the first and third floors of the Mathile Center for Natural Sciences.  Faculty offices, research laboratories, classroom/laboratories, laboratories for forensics, medical laboratory science, human anatomy downdraft dissection, a wet lab, a teaching museum, animal holding facilities and a 2500 square foot greenhouse area are part of the space dedicated for use by students and faculty of the department.  The Metzger Nature Center and Bolon Hall is located near Stone Creek in Tuscarawas County in eastern Ohio.  The 8,500 ft Bolon Hall of Academic Field Biology was dedicated in September 2001.  A 300 acre Wetlands Restoration Project study area and research lab are located in the historic Scioto Marsh twelve miles from our campus.

The department has eighteen full-time teaching faculty members.  Adjunct faculty are used to teach in some specialty areas on an "as needed" basis.  The teaching areas and research interests of the faculty are varied and diverse from the molecular to field studies.  Other members of the staff include a laboratory coordinator and technician, an administrative assistant secretary,and an greenhouse technician.

320 plus students are majors and minors in the department.  They are majoring in biology, environmental studies, molecular biology, forensic biology and medical laboratory science.  Students choose specific career tracks with professional goals such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary, pre-physcal pre-occupational therapy, pre-physicians assistant, pre-optometry, pre-chiropractic, and secondary teacher licensure.  The programs are designed and structured in consultation with the student's academic advisor.  The study of the biological and allied helath sciences is the central theme in all of these various programs, but specific majors and degrees differ in the type and number of required courses.  The University is on the semester system.

Participation in an internship experience in various professional areas is encouraged and available to student majors entering or during their senior year.  Some program options require the internship experience, while others permit it as an elective in the major.  A Co-Op program is also available in certain areas.  Internships are one of the ways you can satisfy part of your senior capstone.

You can also use the international study tract for the senior capstone.  Opportunities are available and encouraged at affiliated foreign universities such as the University of Ulster in the United kingdom, Glasgow Caledonia University and the University of Eastern Finland.  Additional programs include the University of Havana in Cuba.  Students are strongly encouraged to consider an international studies experience during their junior year.  It will provide a dimension to your education that will be invaluable to your future, and one of high marks of your life.