Programs

Biology Major 

 Course Requirements:

  • BIOL 130 Field Investigations in Biology
  • BIOL 133 Introductory Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • BIOL 324 Junior Seminar (2 credits)
  • BIOL 424 Senior Seminar (2 credits)

In addition, the Biology major requires successful completion of one of the three tracks (Molecular Biology and Genetics, Integrative, Ecology and Biodiversity) described below.

 Additional Requirements for the Biology major

  • A comprehensive examination
  • At least four of the 200- or 300- level Biology courses taken must have a lab.

Additional Details

  • Courses numbered below 130 do not count toward the major.
  • The Department of Biology will allow an AP test score of 5 or a higher level IB test score of 6 or 7 to substitute for BIOL 133. Students should be advised that mastery of the material covered in BIOL 133 is important as majors will be tested on it during their comprehensive exams.
  • 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 either the Integrative or Ecology and Biodiversity tracks. For purposes of calculating GPA within the major, the grade for the Island Ecology Program will count as the equivalent of one biology class. 

 Required for B.S. (but not for a B.A.) in Biology

Course Requirements:

Four courses in mathematics, statistics, or science outside biology, including at least two lab science courses. 

 Additional requirements for the MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS track:

 Course Requirements:

  • CHEM 120 or CHEM 150
  • BIOL 223 Genetics (lab)
  • BIOL 233 Molecular Cell Biology
  • BIOL 243 Molecular Methods (lab)

 Four additional courses from the list below:

  • BIOL 208 Neurobiology
  • BIOL 218 Principles of Animal Nutrition and Metabolism
  • BIOL 250 Molecular Evolution
  • BIOL 288/289 (lab) Biotechnology
  • BIOL 236 Biochemistry
  • BIOL 312/314 (lab) General and Human Physiology
  • BIOL 316 (lab) Biochemistry of Metabolism and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 318/328 (lab) Molecular Revolutions in Medicine
  • BIOL 325/300 (lab) Biology of Aging
  • BIOL 319/320 (lab) Cancer Cell Biology
  • BIOL 322 Genes and Behavior
  • BIOL 323 Environment and Development
  • BIOL 330/331 (lab) Immunology
  • BIOL 334/333 (lab) Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 339/340 (lab) Microbiology
  • BIOL 380/381 (lab) Genomics
  • BIOL 388/889 (lab) Epigenetics

 
Additional requirements for the INTEGRATIVE track:

 Required courses:

  • CHEM 120 or CHEM 150
  • BIOL 213 Evolution
  • BIOL 223 Genetics (lab)
  • BIOL 233 Molecular Cell Biology

Four additional Biology courses at the 200- or 300- level; at least two courses must be from the Physiology and Development list.

Physiology and Development 

  • BIOL 203 Comparative Anatomy (lab)
  • BIOL 221 Environmental Physiology of Plants (lab)
  • BIOL 229 Biology of Human Reproduction
  • BIOL 270 Human Anatomy (lab)
  • BIOL 275 Histology and Microanatomy (lab)
  • BIOL 302 Plant Growth and Development
  • BIOL 312/314 (lab) Human and General Physiology
  • BIOL 323 Environment and Development
  • BIOL 333 (lab)/334 Developmental Biology

 
Additional requirements for the ECOLOGY AND BIODIVERSITY track:

  • STAT 204 or ENST 217
  • BIOL 210 Ecology (lab)
  • BIOL 213 Evolution
  • BIOL 223 Genetics (lab) or BIOL 224 Genetics (non-lab)

Four additional Biology courses from the list below; at least one course must be from the Human Dimensions list.

Human Dimensions 

  • BIOL 209/222 (lab) Advanced Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 232 Human Health and the Environment (lab)
  • BIOL 200 Entomology
  • BIOL 201 Ornithology (lab)
  • BIOL 202 Invertebrate Zoology (lab)
  • BIOL 206 Plant Ecology (lab)
  • BIOL 211 Biodiversity: Pattern and Process (lab)
  • BIOL 212 Entomology (lab)
  • BIOL 215 Fungi plus Biol. 216 Algae and Bryophytes
  • BIOL 221 Environmental Physiology of Plants (lab)
  • BIOL 237 Freshwater Biology (lab)
  • BIOL 241 Rainforests and Coral Reefs plus BIOL 251 Field Study in Belize (lab)
  • BIOL 255 Herpetology (lab)
  • BIOL 260 Cave Biology
  • BIOL 275 Histology and Microanatomy (lab)
  • BIOL 310 Plant Evolution and Systematics (lab)
  • BIOL 311 Behavioral Ecology (lab)
  • BIOL 313 Ecosystems and Global Change (lab)
  • BIOL 315 Advanced Topics in Ecology and Biodiversity
  • BIOL 322 Genes and Behavior
  • BIOL 323 Environment and Development
  • BIOL 350 Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Animals (lab)
  • BIOL 351 Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Animals
  • ENST 235 Freshwater Conservation 
  • ENST 240 Island Ecology (counts as one lab course)