Requirements for the Major in Biology
The major consists of eight courses in the department exclusive of independent study and courses below the 100 level. Majors are required to complete Biology 102 or 109, and three of the twelve core courses. Core courses are divided into three groups. One course must be taken from each group. Majors are also required to complete four elective courses, at least two of which have to be higher than 250.
Majors must also complete Mathematics 171 (or above) or Mathematics 161 and one of the following: Mathematics 165, Psychology 252. Additional requirements are Physics 103 (or any physics course that has a prerequisite of Physics 103), Chemistry 102 or 109, and Chemistry 225. Students are advised to complete Biology 102 or 109 and the chemistry, mathematics, and physics 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. Advanced placement credits may not be used to fulfill any of the course requirements for the major.
Only one D grade is allowed in courses required for the major or minor. This D must be offset by an A or B grade in another course also required for the major. Courses that will count toward the major must be taken on a graded basis (not Credit/D/Fail).
The department participates in interdisciplinary programs in biochemistry, environmental studies, and neuroscience. More information available in the sections on Biochemistry, Environmental Studies, and Neuroscience.
Requirements for the Minor in Biology
The minor consists of five courses within the department numbered 102 or above, with two courses to be taken from two of the three core groups. See Requirements for the Major in Biology.