Ohio University Southern Biology Department provides the central learning experience for students who are interested in pursuing Pre-professional degree programs and traditional biological sciences at OU-Athens. Ohio University faculty are committed to engaging students in academic discovery and intellectual growth via the core curriculum, major and minor baccalaureate curricula, and mastery in select research topics.
OUS Biology faculty participates in interdepartmental programs including Nursing, Applied Health Technologies and Psychology. Our mission is to engage students in scholarly pursuits that benefit their preparation for life-long learning and societal engagement. We provide an environment where students may develop disciplinary competencies necessary for their chosen career fields. We offer opportunities for faculty-student mentoring and out-of-classroom learning and research opportunities.
The Biology Department is located at Ohio University Southern Campus in historic Southeastern Ohio Appalachia.
You can reach the Biology Department at:
Ohio University Southern
253 Riffe Center
1804 Liberty Avenue
Ironton, OH 45638
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Our students have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary projects which they develop under the guidance of their mentors in the biology, chemistry and psychology departments. This year, our students were recipients of the Ohio University Student Enhancement Award. They have been measuring alterations in cognition and mood in undergraduate students who are exposed to particulate negative ions. For this study, the co-investigators collect data, including vital signs, metabolic neurotransmitter levels and alterations in brain waves when participants are exposed to particulate air found in the classroom, outdoors and in the proximity of waterfalls.
The Biology Dept. also offers popular classes in field identification.
For example, Medicinal Plants of Ohio (PBIO303) is taught in cooperation with a sustainable organic farm, Equinox Botanicals. Students learn about their historical connection to the plants of the Appalachian Plateau. A ‘sense of place’ is instilled in the inhabitants of Southern Ohio while exploring the powerful properties of medicinal plants demonstrated with regional healing remedies and ethno botany through reenacting indigenous wild crafting traditions
During the Freedom Festival, the biology department focuses on the route of slaves through the Underground Railroad in Appalachia and depicts the fauna used for food, clothing, and protection during this harsh journey towards freedom. Students learn of the important link that was provided by the settlers of the mountains deep within Appalachia.