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Course Requirements


Four-Year Plan

Twelve courses along with their co-requisite labs are required to fulfill the biology major. A typical four-year plan for a student majoring in biology looks something like this. There is considerable flexibility, which allows for additional majors and minors. For more details, refer to the college catalog.

First Year

  • BIO 145/145L Cellular and Molecular Biology with lab
  • BIO 155/155L Organismal and Ecological Biology with lab
  • CHM 101/101L General Chemistry with lab
  • MTH 135 Calculus 1 or STA 100/110 Statistical Foundations/Inferential Reasoning

Second Year

  • BIO 202 Topics in Evolution
  • BIO 205/205L Botany with lab
  • BIO 235/235L Genetics with lab
  • CHM 102/102L General Chemistry 2 with lab

Third Year

  • BIO 355/355L Animal Physiology with lab or BIO 375/375L Integrated Human Physiology with lab
  • Biology elective(s): Field Biology courses (Ecology and Biology of Birds, Field Botany, Spatial Ecology, Behavior and Ecology of Vertebrates, Ecology, Environmental Microbiology); Molecular Biology courses (Integrated Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Techniques in Molecular Biology, Current Topics in Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Molecular Neurobiology, Cell Physiology, Immunology)
  • Chemistry elective (Analytical, Organic, Biochemistry, Protein Biochemistry)

Fourth Year

  • Biology elective(s): Field Biology courses (Ecology and Biology of Birds, Field Botany, Spatial Ecology, Behavior and Ecology of Vertebrates, Ecology, Environmental Microbiology); Molecular Biology courses (Integrated Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Techniques in Molecular Biology, Current Topics in Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Molecular Neurobiology, Cell Physiology, Immunology)
  • Chemistry elective (Analytical, Organic, Biochemistry, Protein Biochemistry)

PHY 165/165L, 185/185L Basic Physics I and II or PHY 175/175L, 195/195L General Physics I and II are strongly recommended.

Many students select course electives that will lead to a collateral major in environmental science, molecular biology or neuroscience. You may request additional information on these programs from the Office of Admissions.