Major in Environmental Science approved!

April 18, 2017: Last night, the faculty approved a major in Environmental Science to be offered through the program of Environment & Sustainability (a restructuring of the Environmental Studies program). This program will offer 2 majors: 1 in Environmental Science (new), and 1 in Environmental Studies (revised).

Both majors require courses in the Social Sciences (Economics, Sociology, History, Politics & Government, etc.) to understand human interaction with the environment. The Environmental Science major has increased emphasis on the natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Math, and Physics, etc.).

OWU has a many expert faculty in both environmental science and in environmental studies & sustainability. This program and these majors are the culmination of years of work and a testament to the true interdisciplinary nature of these fields.

Course requirements will be posted soon on the OWU website, and in the 2017-18 course catalog.


Bachelor of Science in Microbiology approved!

April 18, 2017: Last night, the faculty approved to offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Microbiology. The B.S. in Microbiology is the first biological science major at OWU to be approved for a B.S. degree, with other biological science majors soon likely to follow. The B.A. in Microbiology will still remain and provides a strong option for many students.

The B.S. degree is designed for students pursuing graduate or medical school, as it requires core courses in Microbiology as well as courses in Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus or Statistics.

Course requirements for the B.S. in Microbiology will be posted on this website soon, and will be available in the 2017-18 course catalog.

Congratulations to 2016 Graduates & Award Winners!

May 8, 2016:  Congratulations to all those graduating from OWU today!  We wish you all the best as you continue to make your way and make your mark.  Keep in touch as we look forward to hearing from you on where you go!  

Congratulations to the 4 winners of this year's student awards:
Nathan Madonich
Maddie Vroom
N'Toia Hawkins
Rowan Hannan

Read more about these awards and previous recipients.


Jemil Ahmed (Biology, '17) wins Microbiology Research Award!

April 9, 2016: Jemil Ahmed has earned the Ichida award from the Ohio Branch of the American Society for Microbiology for his research into how an extract from the spice turmeric may aid severely ill animals. Ahmed is working with Prof. Suren Ambegaokar to study how different concentrations of curcumin, an antioxidant found in turmeric, affects laboratory-maintained cell lines infected with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). The virus can cause severe illness in animals and livestock, including horses, cattle, and sheep.


BOMI Banquet - A Tasting Event!

Feb. 12, 2016: The BOMI Student Club sponsored an event for BOMI majors to experience first-hand the way in which plants and microbes are part of our food and drink. Prof. Jann Ichida volunteered to host the party at her beautiful house in Delaware, and below is a summary of the night, as written by Mrs. I:

"Wonderful fellowship and even  original musical entertainment by the Ohio Prof of the year.  What a perfect BOMI song for us to treasure.
The pizza was served with a quiz on the origin of the ingredients---won by the Botany students.
Warm wild morels and other fungi were starters with all sorts of dips and chips.
There was a tribute to enology and the microbes that give us red and white wines. What fun to learn about the ingredients for making bread and beer with guidelines on the yeast and hops for flavor and contentment. Ah, those smooth N bubbles!
Tastings of chocolate from three countries and a huge batch of root beer to brew with samples for everyone to take home.  (Micro majors scored the Colombian brew the best!)
Cheeses and dips with chips, cool dragon fruit to taste and then the neuro-brainy Magical Fruit to taste and change our senses for sweet and sour.
Of course Mrs. I's House Hen, Fleur, and her various collections of mushrooms icons and other 'protective' devices provided some entertainment, too.
Thanks to the BOMI board for the planning and transport. Great idea...we shall do it again!"


Laurie Anderson named Ohio Professor of the Year!

Nov. 15, 2015:  The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) this year awarded Dr. Laurel Anderson (Botany & Microbiolgy; Environmental Studies) the 2015 Professor of the Year for Ohio. According to the award sponsors, the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program “salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country – those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students.”

Anderson was recognized at an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., and then at a congressional reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill.  Ohio Wesleyan will host a reception for Prof. Anderson on January 25, 2016.

Anderson,  is the second OWU professor to earn the prestigious honor. Zoology professor Edward H. “Jed” Burtt Jr., now retired, was named the 2011 Ohio Professor of the Year.


David Johnson awarded prestigious teaching award at OWU!

May 2015: Professor David Johnson of the Botany-Microbiology department was awarded the Bishop Welch Teaching Award at OWU for 2015.  This award is given to 1 faculty member each year who has "demonstrated distinguished service in teaching which has made significant contribution to the academic climate at Ohio Wesleyan University."  This is the highest teaching award given at OWU, and represents several years of excellence in teaching. Congratulations, David Johnson, especially from all of us in BOMI!


NASA Selects Dr. Chris Wolverton's Research to Be Conducted on International Space Station

Feb 2015: Professor Chris Wolverton was selected as 1 from a handful of researchers nationwide to have his research approved to be conducted in space on the International Space Station (ISS).  Dr. Wolverton studies how plants sense and respond to gravity, and developed novel techniques to study this. To be selected for this work is a major acheivement, and the BOMI department (and all of OWU) is extremely excited for of Dr. Wolverton!

Botany & Microbiology Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015

P 740-368-3907
F 740-368-3999

Department Contact

Chair: Chris Wolverton
Professor of Botany-Microbiology
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 333

Academic Assistant: Judy Arlington
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201