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All Biology students must complete a comprehensive, two-hour Biology Major Field Test in order to graduate. Please see the questions and answers below for more information.
What does it count for? Students who complete the exam will meet the graduation requirement. Pooled results from students who took the test will be used for assessment of the Biology Program.
Why do the test results matter? The test is designed to evaluate what you learned about biology during your undergraduate career at OSU. It is in the best interest of all students to perform well on the test for the following reasons:
* Students will instantly receive their results when they complete the exam so they can evaluate what they have learned. * Results will reflect on the quality of the program you participated in and the degree you received. Composite results will be used to compare OSU Biology Program student performance to other students nationally. * Results will be used to look at areas of excellence and areas for improvement in the major.
When do I take the test? Summer graduates must take the exam in the spring term before their final summer. All other students must complete the exam their final term at OSU.
How do I sign up for the test? Students will sign up for the test by registering for BI 498 Senior Biology Major Field Test when they register for their last term of classes (or in the spring if they will graduate in the summer - see above). This is not an actual course, but it allows students to select one of several two-hour, evening exam times during the appropriate term (see above). As stated above, students who register for and complete the exam will pass the requirement regardless of the score they receive.
A comprehensive, two-hour test to assess the biological knowledge of seniors in the Biology Program. A pass will be given to students who complete the exam. Contact the Biology Program Office in 3029 Cordley Hall for more information. Prerequisites: Biology majors with senior standing. Summer graduates register their final spring term. All others students register their final OSU term.
What is on the test and how do I prepare for it? You do not need to prepare for this test. The test is designed to assess what you have learned in all of your courses which is why it is taken during your final OSU term. The Major Field Test for Biology is a computer-based test consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions, a number of which are grouped in sets and based on descriptions of laboratory and field situations, diagrams or experimental results. Some of the questions within each of the major areas are designed to test analytical skills. The major subject areas on the test include cell biology; molecular biology and genetics; organismal biology; population biology, evolution and ecology; and analytical skills. The test will last two hours, and all students will need to stay for the entire duration.
What if I have an issue I need to discuss related to the test and graduation? All are required to take the test. Students with issues related to graduation and taking the exam must contact Brock McLeod at the beginning of the previous term or earlier.