The Biology major is designed for students wishing to explore life science at multiple levels ranging from the molecular to the organismal to the ecosystem level. The curriculum seeks to develop organizational and communication skills, critical thinking and the ability to synthesize information. Graduates of the program are well prepared to undertake advanced study in graduate, medical or dental school, or for a career in business or education.
Major requirements include:
The courses above are required, plus seven other courses chosen from those listed below. At least one course must be selected from each of the following four categories (four courses total).
One of the remaining three biology electives may be replaced with: Directed Research in Biology (BI421-BI422 or BI423); Internship (BI451, 452); Washington Internship (BI450).
Six of the seven must be lab courses.
|Category 1 - Cellular & Molecular Biology
||Category 3 - Organismal Structure & Function
|Category 2 - Evolution & Diversity
||Category 4 - Global Issues & Environmental Science
To assist students in selecting a balance of courses from several academic areas, each Biology major is assigned a faculty advisor with whom a close advisee-advisor relationship must be developed. Scientific research is an important aspect of an education in science and each major is strongly recommended to replace one of the seven required courses with one of the following:
- Under the direction of a faculty member, participate in Directed Research in Biology (BI421-422 or BI423);
- Develop, with direction from the Internship Facilitator, an individual internship program (BI451, 452); or
- Participate in the Washington Internship Program (BI450).
Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017
Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.
Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond
|Conversatio I||Conversatio II|
|English composition / Core||English composition / Core|
|Biology 103||Biology 104|
|Chemistry 130||Chemistry 131|
|Language I / Elective||Language II / Elective|
|Biology elective I / Biostats||Biology Elective I / Biostats|
|Chemistry 250||Chemistry 251|
|Language III / Elective||Core|
|Physics 121||Physics 122|
|Biology Elective II||Biology Elective III|
|Core||Core / Elective|
|Core / Elective||Elective|
|Biologly Elective IV||Biology Elective VI|
|Biology Elective V / Biology 421||Biology Elective VII / Biology 422|