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Biology Curriculum

The range of courses in the biology curriculum is unusually broad and requires intensive study.

Secondary teaching certification in Biology can be acquired with the addition of several education courses.

Biology majors have many career options. Graduate education in the health professions (pre-medicine, veterinary, or dentistry) or in ecology, microbiology, physiology and pharmacology is possible. Careers in research laboratories, governmental agencies, and environmentally oriented companies are also popular choices.

Required Courses
BIO 1020: Biological Concepts I
BIO 1022: Biological Concepts II
BIO 2050: General Botany
BIO 3590: Junior Seminar in Biology
BIO 4605: Evolution
CHE 1505: General Chemistry I
CHE 1505L: General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 1515: General Chemistry II
CHE 1515L: General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 2010: Organic Chemistry I
CHE 2010L: Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 2020: Organic Chemistry II
CHE 2020L: Organic Chemistry II Lab
MAT 2090: Statistical Methods

At Least One Course From Each of the Following Three Groupings:

Cell-Molecular Group
BIO 3055: Molecular Biology (W course)
BIO 3080: Cell Biology (W course)
BIO 3110: Genetics (W course)
BIO 3250: Fundamentals of Clinical Immunology
BIO 3500: Developmental Biology

Organismal/Physiology Group
BIO 2010: Comparative Anatomy
BIO 3010: Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 3050: Microbiology
BIO 3060: Animal Physiology
BIO 3075: Plant Physiology (W course)

Ecology Group
BIO-PSY 2141: Animal Behavior
BIO 3120: Ecology
BIO 3121: Plant Ecology
BIO 3930: Marine and Island Ecology

Two electives chosen from courses in Biology at or above the 3000 level. These may be drawn from the courses above, or BIO 3150 The Biology of Cancer or the or BIO 3400 Topics in Bioethics.

Students considering graduate school or pre-professional programs are encouraged to take calculus, physics, and other possible electives. See your academic advisor for details.

In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.