Biology

Barry A. Logan, Department Chair
Mary Keenan, Department Coordinator

Professors: Patsy S. Dickinson† (Neuroscience), Amy S. Johnson, Bruce D. Kohorn† (Biochemistry), John Lichter (Environmental Studies), Barry A. Logan, Michael F. Palopoli, Nathaniel T. Wheelwright†
Associate Professors: Jack R. Bateman, David Carlon, Hadley Wilson Horch (Neuroscience), William R. Jackman†, Anne E. McBride (Biochemistry)
Assistant Professors: Vladimir Douhovnikoff, Patricia Jones
Director of Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island: Patricia Jones
Director of Coastal Studies Center: David Carlon
Lecturer: Stephanie A. Richards
Visiting Faculty: Olaf Ellers, Sarah Kingston
Coastal Studies Scholar: Barbara R. Lyon
Laboratory Instructors: Pamela J. Bryer, Shana Stewart Deeds, Aimee M. Eldridge, Kate R. Farnham, Sandra Fussell, Stephen A. Hauptman, Jaret S. Reblin, Bethany Whalon

Requirements for the Major in Biology

The major consists of twelve courses, including at least eight courses in the department, exclusive of independent study and courses below 1100.

Required courses:

  • Biology 1102 or 1109
  • Chemistry 1092, 1102, or 1109 or higher
  • two courses chosen from any two of the following departments:
    • courses higher than 1100 in computer science, earth and oceanographic science, or physics; or higher than 1299 in mathematics
    • Psychology 2520 may also satisfy this requirement in place of Mathematics 1299, or higher.
  • one 2000-level course (or above) in any of the natural sciences including biology (division a courses), or one course in Mathematics 1300 (or higher). This cannot be fulfilled with independent study.
  • three of the twelve core courses listed below:
    • Core courses are divided into three groups.
    • One course must be taken from each of the three groups.
    • Courses listed in more than one group may not be double-counted between groups.
  • four elective courses
    • Two of the elective courses must be numbered higher than 2499.

Group 1:

  • Biology 2112, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology 2118, Microbiology
  • Biology 2124, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Biology 2135, Neurobiology
  • Biology 2175, Developmental Biology

Group 2:

  • Biology 2135, Neurobiology
  • Biology 2175, Developmental Biology
  • Biology 2210, Plant Ecophysiology
  • Biology 2214, Comparative Physiology

Group 3:

  • Biology 2315, Behavioral Ecology and Population Biology
  • Biology 2316, Evolution
  • Biology 2319, Biology of Marine Organisms
  • Biology 2325, Biodiversity and Conservation Science
  • Biology 2330, Marine Molecular Ecology and Evolution

Students are advised to complete Biology 1102 or 1109 and most of the non-biology courses by the end of the sophomore year. Students planning postgraduate education in science or the health professions should note that graduate and professional schools are likely to have additional admissions requirements in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. It is strongly advised that students consult with faculty on the design of their major and discuss the options of research projects through independent studies, fellowship-funded summer research, and honors projects. Students planning careers in the health professions should contact Seth Ramus, director of health professions advising.

Advanced placement credits may not be used to fulfill any of the course requirements for the major.

The biology department participates in the biochemistry, environmental studies, and neuroscience programs. Students majoring or minoring in biology may not also major in biochemistry or neuroscience.

With departmental approval, students are allowed to count courses taken at a different college or university toward the major.

Requirements for the Minor in Biology

The minor consists of five courses within the department, exclusive of independent study and courses below the 1100 level.

Required courses:

  • Biology 1102 or 1109
  • two core courses, each from a different core group (see Requirements for the Major in Biology)
  • two elective courses above the 1100 level

Grade Requirements

Only one D grade is allowed in courses required for the major or minor. This D must be offset by a grade of B or higher in another course also required for the major or minor. Courses that count toward the major or minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail).

(Department/Program website)