Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Biology (3 + 1)

This baccalaureate degree program is designed to provide the training in the major areas of biology while allowing sufficient flexibility to accommodate the specific interests of individual students. All majors are required to take the biology core plus genetics. The degree program requires a student to take at least one course in each of three major areas:  biology of organisms; ecology, evolution and behavior; cell and regulatory biology. Additional courses allow the student to be exposed to the broad spectrum of biology through an array of advanced courses.  The degree program, with some modifications, also allows students to meet the course requirements for pre-professional (medical, dental, veterinary) graduate study.

The program is based on a cohort model, where students follow a set of courses beginning in year one and progress through the program together. Approximately three-fourths of the courses are LCCC courses with the remaining hours being offered by BGSU. Students need a minimum of 30 semester hours of BGSU courses to graduate, most at the 3000 and 4000 levels, primarily in the sciences.

Parallel LCCC Program

Associate of Arts

Associate of Science

AA Curriculum Pathway – B.A. in Biology

AAS Curriculum Pathway, B.S. in Biology


Admission Requirements

  • It is best that a student apply a semester before their desired start term. It is suggested that a student should reach out to the BGSU office of admissions to have an unofficial evaluation done of their credits. This will allow for the student and transfer specialist to decide what semester could potentially be the best term to start.
  • College level credit from any regionally accredited college or university will be accepted and applied to either general education, major coursework, or elective credits.
  • High School Diplomas are required for all majors that fall under the College of Arts and Sciences. The college will evaluate these transcripts to see if any additional credit can be awarded based off what the student took during their time in high school.
    • High School Diplomas are required of all students who have completed less than 30 credit hours, post high school graduation, upon applying to BGSU.
  • ACT/SAT scores only required if transferring with under 12 earned credit hours post high school graduation.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • There are no requirements to start taking courses within the Biology field. It is suggested that you complete the following courses so you can focus on those of a higher level: BIOG 161, BIOG 162, BIOG 275

The BGSU Advising guide can be used as a guideline to determine the applicability of LCCC courses toward the bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees with a major in biology at BGSU.


Application Procedures

To apply to the Partnership, follow the steps below:

  1. Schedule an appointment with the BGSU biology advisor.  Contacts details are below.
  2. Apply one semester before you wish to enroll in BGSU courses.
  3. After appointment with advisor, complete an online BGSU Transfer Application
    • Select “Biology at Lorain County Community College” so that you are identified as a partnership student.
  4. Submit the $45 non-refundable application fee.  If you are Pell eligible and need assistance with the application fee, apply for the NACAC Transfer application fee waiver.
  5. Once the application and all required documents are in, an admission decision will be made in approximately two weeks.  Review the “BGSU Admitted Student Checklist” for more details.
  6. It’s recommended you sign up for a virtual transfer onboarding session through Slate to learn more about resources and support services.



How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?  

How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?

  • You are following the UP Curriculum Pathway from the associate to the bachelor’s degree.
    • For 2:2 degrees, you have been admitted to the partner institution and have registered for your first classes the upcoming semester, 3rd year of partner classes.  The first day of the 3rd year class, you are officially a UP student.
    • For 3:1 degrees, you are a UP student if you are registered for the 3rd year in either bridgework LCCC classes or UP partner classes. You may not be necessarily admitted with the UP partner just yet.  The first day of the 3rd year of UP or LCCC bridgework class, you are officially a UP student.
  • UP Office will use the email address your partner institution shares with us, which is once a semester, to email out a reminder to you about the UP program supports and services.
  • If you are unsure if you are in the UP, you are welcome to email or call the UP Office to verify your status.

How do I show proof I am a UP student to receive benefits and supports offered at LCCC

  • Go to the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the LCCC Bass Library  (440) 366-4026.
  • Show your class registration for UP classes with the partner institution or LCCC bridgework classes.
  • Bass Library staff will place a color coded sticker on the back of your LCCC or partner institution ID card.  If you have no LCCC or UP ID card, a UP ID card will be issued to you.
  • You will need to get a new sticker (date specific) each semester that you are registered for UP partner classes.
  • An ID card is not required but would be needed if you are seeking benefits and supports at LCCC while in the partnership.
  • Supports and services are for Elyria Campus and the Learning Centers (Community Learning  Center at Lorain High School, Lorain Learning Center at City Center, LCCC Wellington Center, and University Partnership Ridge Campus).


For More Information

Lindsay Harris
Transfer Specialist


Dr. Dan Pavuk
Associate Teaching Professor
Ecology & Conservation Faculty Mentor
319 Life Sciences Building
Bowling Green State University
Phone: 419-372-4839


Tuition and Fee Schedule

All fees are subject to change, please consult the Bowling Green State University Bursar’s webpage and view the current Tuition and Fee Brochure.