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the Major

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.

Core Courses
  1. At least two semesters of courses numbered 140-199.  Students typically take these courses during their first year.
  2. Biology 201, Eukaryotic Genetics and Biology 202, Ecology and Evolution.  Students typically take these courses during their second year.
  3. Biology 244, Biostatistics.  Students typically take this course in their second or third year.
Elective Courses 
  1. A minimum of 8 credits in biology laboratory courses at the 300-level or greater.
  2. A minimum of two 400-level courses.  All 400-level courses require students to read and present the primary literature.
  3. 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)
Biology Seminar Series
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