Students will take a seminar course during their first semester in the Biological Sciences Scholars program. Through this course, Scholars will explore science opportunities both at Ohio State and for future career paths, develop an understanding of what they need to do to prepare for research, graduate programs, etc., and connect with resources that will help support their success in the sciences.
While a large percentage of our students are majoring in a science related major, this is not a requirement for maintaining Scholars affiliation. Regardless of major, Biological Sciences Scholars should have a strong interest in being involved in the sciences as a part of their community.
About half of our students are considering the health professions as a future goal. Others are considering careers in education, research, genetic counseling, forensics, conservation, etc., to name a few examples.
Students in the scholars programs receive college level priority scheduling which allows students to schedule classes at the beginning of their rank.
The coordinator of the program is an academic advisor for Biology majors and is knowledgeable of the expectations of pre-health programs to provide guidance to the program participants throughout their four years.
Students can participate in undergraduate research as soon as students feel ready to engage in a lab or clinical setting, most typically during their second or third year. Research may be animal or plant related, molecular or organismal, lab or field based, on or off campus, scientific or clinical. Exposure is the key ingredient; students can use this exposure and experience to build their resume, follow career paths, or apply to graduate/professional school. Participation in the Biological Sciences Scholars program will help to build connections with faculty and peers that can lead to these research experiences.