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The Biology Department provides students with an understanding of the major principles of biology in a manner that encourages the development of critical-thinking skills. Students also receive hands-on experience with modern biological techniques and instrumentation. The major prepares students for professions in industry, government and teaching and for graduate training in research, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, optometry and medical technology.

For students choosing a biology major, only the B.A. option is available. The biology major is available in the Day Program.

Major Checklists/Planning Guides

Major Requirements for Students Entering Program After Fall 2012

Biology Major Requirements:

  • BIOL 1710  Foundations of Biology I: Exploring the Unity and Diversity of Life
  • BIOL 1720  Foundations of Biology II: From Molecules to Bodies – Structure, Function and Regulation
  • BIOL 2710  Foundations of Biology III:  Evolution, Ecology and Behavior
  • BIOL 2720  Sophomore Seminar (2 cr Writing Intensive w/BIOL 4850)
  • BIOL 4850: Senior Seminar (2 credits) (Writing Intensive w/BIOL 2720)
  • BIOL 4602: Internship or BIOL 4912: Research (2 credits)

18 additional credits in Biology at the 3000 or 4000 level, including:

  • at least three 4-credit laboratory/field courses
  • at least 4 credits at the 4000 level

Required supporting courses:

  • CHEM 1110: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1120: General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2010: Organic Chemistry I
  • Statistics (PSYC 2050, MATH 1100, ECON 2200, or ECON 2250)

Recommended courses:

  • CHEM 2020: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 4400: Biochemistry
  • MATH 1130: Calculus I
  • PHYS 1110,1120: Introductory Physics I, II

Biology majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing BIOL 2720 Sophomore Seminar and BIOL 4850W Senior Seminar. 

They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 100W and 399W, and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

Writing requirements

Biology majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing BIOL 4850: Senior Seminar. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman and CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice, and any other writing-intensive course in another department).