Four-year plan

To major in Biological Data Sciences

Biological Data Sciences Four-year plan

OSU and the BDS program require students to complete 180 credits of course work. A total of 51 credits are Bacc Core courses, 60 are upper division credits, and at least 36 credits are in the major with 24 credits from upper division courses.

BDS has three available options in Genomics, Ecological and Environmental Informatics, and Computational Biology. These three options share a common core of courses that all students in the program will take. In addition, all students are expected to participate in at least 60 hours of an experiential learning experience. Learn more about participating faculty and their research programs.

BDS Options
Genomics includes 35-37 option-specific elective credits
Ecology and Environmental Informatics includes 32-37 option-specific elective credits
Computational Biology includes 29-33 option-specific elective credits

 

Core foundational courses

Discipline Course name / number / credits
Biological Sciences

5 classes; 19 credits

  • Introductory Biology / BI 211 / 4 credits
  • Introductory Biology / BI 212 / 4 credits
  • Introductory Biology / BI 213 / 4 credits
  • Genetics / BI 311 / 4 credits
  • Evolution / BI 211 / 3 credits
Chemistry

1 class + lab; 5 credits

  • General Chemistry / CH 231, 261 (lab and lecture) / 5 credits
Mathematics

5 classes; 19 credits

  • Calculus / MTH 251 / 4 credits
  • Calculus / MTH 252 / 4 credits
  • Discrete Math / MTH 231 / 4 credits
  • Vector Calculus / MTH 254 / 4 credits
  • Linear Algebra I / MTH 341 / 3 credits
Statistics

3 classes; 12 credits

  • Intro Stats / ST 351 / 4 credits
  • Methods Data Analysis / ST 411 / 4 credits
  • Methods Data Analysis / ST 412 / 4 credits
Computer Science

3 classes; 12 credits

  • Intro to Computer Science / CS 161 / 4 credits
  • Intro to Computer Science / CS 162 / 4 credits
  • Data Structures / CS 261 / 4 credits
Biological Data Sciences

5 classes; 13 credits

  • Critical Thinking / BDS 211 / 3 credits
  • Comp Approaches Biol Data / BDS 311 / 3 credits
  • Special Projects / BDS 406 / 1 credit
  • Case Studies of Biological Data / BDS 411^(WIC) / 3 credits
  • Capstone in BDS I / BDS 491 / 3 credits
  • Capstone in BDS II / BDS 492 / 3 credits
Experiential Learning
  • Independent projects (equivalent to at least 60 hrs work) / May be taken as BDS 401 or 410 or not for credit