Major in Biology
The Biology Department will allow an AP test score of 5 or a Higher Level IB test score of 6 or 7 to substitute for Biology 133 (Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology). Students should be advised that mastery of the material covered in Biology 133 is important as majors will be tested on it during their comprehensive exams.
The Department of Biology requires eight courses for a major in biology: Biology 130 and 133, 301, and five additional biology courses at the 200 or 300 level, three of which must be laboratory courses. Students may receive college credit for more than three 200- or 300-level biology courses taught by the same professor. However, no more than three may be counted among those required for the major. One-hundred-level courses with numbers lower than 130 do not count toward the major. Students who have completed and passed a) the Island Ecology summer program or b) the specific combination of the two half courses Biol 241 and Biol 251 may count either a) or b) as one laboratory course in the major. For purposes of calculating GPA within the major, the grade for the Island Ecology program will count as the equivalent of one Biology class. Additional requirements are (1) Math 101 or 102; (2) Chem 120 or equivalent; and (3) Phys 101 and 102, or 103 and 104, or equivalent. Students may substitute laboratory biology courses for one or both of the physics classes. However, students considering professional careers in medicine should be aware that all medical schools specify courses in physics and organic chemistry among their entrance requirements. Students contemplating a career in research should consider taking courses in statistics and computer science.