Biology Program Requirements for Graduation
In addition to the college-wide distribution and First-Year Seminar requirements, biology majors must complete a senior project of original scientific research and courses satisfying the core, elective and seminar components of the biology major described below.
To moderate into the Biology program, a student must have completed at least six credits of introductory biology (courses numbered 140-199) and either BIO201 (Genetics and Evolution) or BIO202 (Ecology and Evolution), with concurrent enrollment in the other 200-level course at the time of moderation.
- At least two semesters of courses numbered 140-199. Students typically take these courses during their first year.
- Biology 201, Eukaryotic Genetics and Biology 202, Ecology and Evolution. Students typically take these courses during their second year.
- Biology 244, Biostatistics. Students typically take this course in their second or third year.
Biology Seminar Series
- A minimum of 8 credits in biology laboratory courses at the 300-level or greater.
- A minimum of two 400-level courses. All 400-level courses require students to read and present the primary literature.
- Two courses (8 credits), not necessarily in a sequence, to be taken before the senior year, from the following list:
* Chemistry courses numbered 141 or above (e.g. General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry)
* Physics courses numbered 141 or above (e.g. Introduction to Physics, Modern Physics)
* Computer science courses numbered 141 or above (e.g. Object-oriented Programming with Robots, Data Structures, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence)
* Math courses numbered 200 or above (e.g. Linear Algebra)
The 1-credit Biology Seminar course is offered every semester. All Biology majors must take the course for credit at least twice before graduation.
Senior Project I and II