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Biology Major Requirements

(20 credits, plus a concentration)

  • BIOL 120 Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology (fall)
  • BIOL 121 Introduction to Organismal Biology (spring)
  • BIOL 244 Genetics
  • BIOL 499 Senior Assessment (0 credits)
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry 1 (fall)
  • CHEM 107 General Chemistry 2 (spring)

Organismal Biology Concentration

  • BIOL 201 Botany
  • BIOL 228 Ecology 
  • CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry
  • Any five biology (BIOL) electives numbered 200 or above (may include only one of BIOL 490 Independent Study, BIOL 492 Directed Research, BIOL 494 Internship or BIOL 496 Research and Thesis)

Recommended:

  • MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
  • PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1 and PHYS 112 Fundamentals of Physics 2 or PHYS 121 General Physics 1 and PHYS 122 General Physics 2
  • MATH 221 Statistics in the Sciences or SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
  • A computer science course

Biomedical Sciences Concentration
Any six biology (BIOL) electives numbered 200 or above. Five of the biology electives must be from the following (may include only one of BIOL 490 Independent Study, BIOL 492 Directed Research, BIOL 494 Internship or BIOL 496 Research and Thesis)

  • BIOL 220 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 
  • BIOL 320 Human Anatomy and Histology 
  • BIOL 325 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 350 Microbiology
  • BIOL 360 Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 361 Virology
  • BIOL 365 Immunology
  • BIOL 368 Parasitology (every third year)
  • BIOL 371 Cellular Physiology
  • BIOL 372 Systemic Physiology
  • BIOL 373 Molecular Biology 
  • BIOL 375 The Biology of the Cancer Cell
  • BIOL 385 Endocrinology 
  • BIOL 386 Neuroscience
  • BIOL 490 Independent Study
  • BIOL 492 Directed Research
  • BIOL 494 Internship
  • BIOL 496 Research and Thesis
Additional required courses in chemistry:
  • CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry 
  • CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry: Intermediate or CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry: Research Emphasis
  • CHEM 350 Biochemistry 1
Recommended:
  • MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
  • PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1 and PHYS 112 Fundamentals of Physics 2 or PHYS 121 General Physics 1 and PHYS 122 General Physics 2
  • MATH 221 Statistics in the Sciences or SSCI 224 Basic Statistics 

Additional information for all biology majors:

Note: Biology majors may also be required to complete the designated achievement tests in biology during specified testing periods and are required to participate in other ongoing assessment activities.

Course choices should be made through advisement, with the student’s interests and objectives in mind. Advanced students are strongly encouraged to pursue independent study (BIOL 490), Directed Research (BIOL 492), Internship (BIOL 494) or Research and Thesis (BIOL 496).

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