Biology Major Requirements

2015 - 2016 Catalog

The Biology department has the following degrees:

Biology major leading to BA degree

A major in biology leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree consists of 37 credits in science and mathematics, with at least 27 credits in biology. The major must include the following:

  1. BIOL 111 and 113, 340 or 340S; CHEM 110
  2. Quantitative Biology: Choose two courses from: BIOL 301; CSCI 102, 121; INTR 202; MATH 101, 102; PSYC 250

    Intermediate-level
    courses expand and focus students' understanding of particular topics: Students must take one course from each of categories 3, 4 and 5, and must have two laboratory courses (indicated by *) chosen from course meeting categories 3, 4, 5 or 6.
  3. Molecules and Cells: One course from BIOL 211* or 211S*, 215* or 215S*, 220, 223, 280*, 285* and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  4. Ecology and Evolution: One course from BIOL 210, 216*, 217*, 231*, 240* or 240S*, 241*, 242*, 243*, 245*, 270S*, ENV 212 and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  5. Structure and Function: One course from BIOL 225*, 250, 255, 260* or 260S*, 265*, 267 (ENGN 267), 282, 283 and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  6. Advanced-level courses provide the student with a greater depth of biological thought. Students must take at least two of the following:
    BIOL 301, 310*, 321*, 322, 323*, 325*, 330*, 332*, 350, 355*, 360*, 362*, 365*, 385*, 395, 396, 397, 398
  7. Completion of the Major Field Test (MFT) in biology

Research in Biology: BIOL 401-403 and 421-424 may be used towards the total credits required in biology. No more than four credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major. (BIOL 464 may not be used).

  1. Required courses
  2. Quantitative Biology
  3.  Two courses from the following:

  4. Intermediate-level courses
  5. Intermediate-Level courses expand and focus students' understanding of particular topics: Students must take one course from each of categories 3, 4 and 5, and must have two laboratory courses (indicated by *) chosen from course meeting categories 3, 4, 5 or 6.

  6. Advanced-level courses provide the student with a greater depth of biological thought.
  7.  Students must take at least two of the following:

  8. Completion of the Major Field Test (MFT) in biology.
  9. Research in Biology
  10. BIOL 401-403 and 421-424 may be used towards the total credits required in biology. No more than four credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major. (BIOL 464 may not be used).

Biology major leading to BS degree

A major in biology leading to a Bachelor of Science degree consists of at least 50 credits in science and mathematics, with at least 33 credits in biology. The major must include the following:

  1. BIOL 111 and 113, 220; CHEM 110, 241 or 241S; MATH 101, 102; PHYS 111, 112, 113, and 114
  2. CSCI 102 or 121
  3. One course from BIOL 215 or 215S or CHEM 242. (BIOL 215 or 215S may not be used to fulfill both this requirement and intermediate-level courses in 4. below)

    Intermediate-level courses expand and focus students' understanding of particular topics. Students must take one course from each of 4, 5, and 6.
  4. Molecules and Cells: One additional course from BIOL 211 or 211S, 215 or 215S, 223, 280, 285, CHEM 341/343 and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  5. Ecology and Evolution: One course from BIOL 210, 216, 217, 230, 231, 235, 240 or 240S, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246, ENV 212 and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  6. Structure and Function: One course from BIOL 225, 250, 255, 260 or 260S, 265, 267 (ENGN 267), 280, 282, 283, and, when appropriate, BIOL 297
  7. Advanced-level courses provide students with a greater depth of biological thought. Students must take at least three of the following, at least one of which must be a laboratory course (indicated by *):
    BIOL 301, 310*, 320*, 321*, 322, 323*, 325*, 330*, 332*, 340 or 340S, 350, 355*, 360*, 362*, 365*, 385*, 395, 396, 397, 398
  8. Quantitative Biology: One course from BIOL 267, 282, 283, 285, 301, 325, 385 (may also be used as intermediate and advanced-level courses in 4-7 above)
  9. Additional credits in biology to total 33, including a maximum of 6 credits at the 400 level. (BIOL 464 may not be used.)
  10. Completion of the Major Field Test (MFT) in biology.

Research in Biology is recommended for all students preparing for graduate school. BIOL 401-403 and 421-424 may be used towards the total credits required in biology. No more than six credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major.

  1. Required courses
  2. Take either
  3. Take one course from the following
  4.  (BIOL 215 or 215S may not be used to fulfill both this requirement and intermediate-level courses in 4. below)

  5. Intermediate-level courses
  6. Intermediate-level courses expand and focus students' understanding of particular topics. Students must take one course from each of 4, 5, and 6.

  7. Advanced -level courses provide students with a greater depth of biological thought.
  8. Students must take at least three of the following, at least one of which must be a laboratory course (indicated by *).

  9. Quantitative Biology:
  10. One course from the following:

  11. Additional credits in biology to total 33, including a maximum of 6 credits at the 400 level. (BIOL 464 may not be used.)
  12. Completion of the Major Field Test (MFT) in biology.
  13. Research in Biology
  14. Research in biology is recommended for all students preparing for graduate school. BIOL 401-403 and 421-424 may be used towards the total credits required in biology. No more than six credit hours of work at the 400 level may apply toward the major.