Integrative Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry/Biophysics

The College established the School of Life Sciences (SLS) in 2014 to encompass a broad range of interdisciplinary sciences that lie between biology and medicine. The new School is composed of the departments of Integrative Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry/Biophysics. At the forefront of interdisciplinary research and teaching, SLS seeks to stimulate scientific discovery and to address critical societal issues in the life sciences.

With its newly defined profile, SLS is on an exciting trajectory with cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research involving the scientific study of living organisms. Thanks to our exceptional faculty who are engaged in groundbreaking research projects and high student engagement, we have three top-ranked cross-disciplinary programs in the nation.

#1 Program in Conservation Biology (Source: Journal of Conservation Biology)

#4 Ecology and the Environment program (Source: Thomson Reuters)

#11 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program (Source: Journal of Ecology)

Our students are extraordinary

Since 2004, eight out of the 12 Goldwater Scholars at OSU were life sciences majors.

The school offers both graduate and undergraduate academic programs as well as post-doctoral fellowships. With hands-on learning experiences, students can explore, study and conduct research across the breadth of life sciences. Our students have access to enriching research and educational opportunities, perform original research in our labs and contribute to pioneering discoveries in many areas.

With the vast expansion of life sciences in recent years in across all fields of science, technology and marketing, our students are extremely well prepared for careers in health, medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, management and the food industry.

For more information on our academic programs, please visit the individual department websites: