Biology

The Biology major offers an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum that combines a rigorous grounding in the foundational principles of biological science at all scales of organization from molecules to ecosystems.  The program reflects the complexity and diversity of the living world and emphasizes the unifying principles of biological science: evolution, transformations of energy and matter, structure and function, information flow exchange and storage, and the higher level complexity inherent in multi-component systems.  The curriculum provides students with significant hands-on experience in laboratory and field coursework and opportunities to explore research problems with faculty or applied experiences away from campus in the form of internships.

Curriculum

Required Biology Core Courses

  • BI 111, 112 Concepts in Biology I and II
  • BI 113, 114 Concepts in Biology I and II Laboratory
  • BI 201, 203 Genetics and Evolution: Organisms to Populations (lecture and lab)
  • BI 202, 204 Ecology: Populations to Ecosystems (lecture and lab)
  • BI 399 Senior Seminar

Required Biology Elective Courses

Six Biology courses at the 200-level or higher are required, with at least one course from the environmental, organismal, and molecular areas of study. Of these six elective courses at least two must be at the 300-level, and at least three must include labs. Courses that address more than one area of study can satisfy only one of those areas for a student.  BI 206/208 Anatomy & Physiology I is an exception and does not satisfy one of these elective requirements.  BI 207/209 Anatomy & Physiology II can satisfy one of these elective requirements.

Required Supporting Courses

  • CH 151, 152, 153, 154 General Chemistry I & II w/Lab
  • CH 221, 223 Organic Chemistry I w/ Lab
  • MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making
  • At least 4 credits in physics at the 100 level or above
  • One other mathematics course: MA 140 or above; MA 151 is recommended

Environmental Biology Area

  • BI 210    Plant Biology
  • BI 230    Microbiology
  • BI 240    Invertebrate Biology
  • BI 245    Vertebrate Biology
  • BI 255    Animal Behavior
  • BI 260    Marine Biology
  • BI 265    Conservation Biology
  • BI 274    Coastal Management
  • BI 276    Oceanography
  • BI 278    Coastal Ecology
  • BI 305    Behavioral Neurobiology

Organismal Biology Area

  • BI 205    Essentials of Neuroscience
  • BI 210    Plant Biology
  • BI 212    Developmental Biology
  • BI 230    Microbiology
  • BI 240    Invertebrate Biology
  • BI 245    Vertebrate Biology
  • BI 255    Animal Behavior
  • BI 260    Marine Biology
  • BI 305    Behavioral Neurobiology
  • BI 306    Pharmacology
  • BI 312    Systems Physiology
  • BI 325    Immunology
  • BI 340    Cancer Biology
  • BI 345    Neurobiology

Molecular Biology Area

  • BI 212    Developmental Biology
  • BI 230    Microbiology
  • BI 306    Pharmacology
  • BI 311    Cell Biology
  • BI 320    Applied Molecular Genetics
  • BI 325    Immunology
  • BI 335    Topics in Genetics
  • BI 340    Cancer Biology
  • BI 345    Neurobiology
  • BI 355    Molecular Biology