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Biology – Overview

Nathaniel T. Wheelwright, Department Chair

Julie J. Santorella, Department Coordinator

Professors: Patsy S. Dickinson (Neuroscience), Amy S. Johnson, Bruce D. Kohorn (Biochemistry), John Lichter (Environmental Studies), Barry A. Logan, Nathaniel T. Wheelwright

Associate Professors: David Carlon, Hadley Wilson Horch (Neuroscience), Anne E. McBride (Biochemistry), Michael F. Palopoli*

Assistant Professors: Jack R. Bateman, Vladimir Douhovnikoff**, William R. Jackman

Director of Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island: Damon P. Gannon

Visiting Faculty: Samuel H. Taylor

Fellow: Sarah Kingston

Laboratory Instructors: Pamela J. Bryer, Shana Stewart Deeds, Aimee M. Eldridge, Kate R. Farnham, Janet Gannon, Stephen A. Hauptman, Jaret S. Reblin, Elizabeth Koski Richards

Requirements for the Major in Biology

The major consists of eight courses in the department exclusive of independent study and courses below the introductory level. Majors are required to complete Biology 1102 or 1109 {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 2499 {249}.

Group 1:

Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Developmental Biology; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Neurobiology

Group 2:

Comparative Physiology; Plant Physiology; Developmental Biology; Neurobiology

Group 3:

Behavioral Ecology and Population Biology; Biology of Marine Organisms; Evolution; Biodiversity and Conservation Science; Marine Molecular Ecology and Evolution

Majors must also complete: Mathematics 1700 {171} (or above), or Mathematics 1600 {161} and either Mathematics 1300 {165} or Psychology 2520 {252}. Additional requirements are Physics 1130 {103} (or any physics course that has a prerequisite of Physics 1130 {103}), Chemistry 1102 or 1109 {102 or 109}, and Chemistry 2250 {225}. Students are advised to complete Biology 1102 or 1109 {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.

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/minor. Courses that will count toward the major or minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail).

Interdisciplinary Majors

The department participates in interdisciplinary programs in biochemistry, environmental studies, and neuroscience.

Requirements for the Minor in Biology

The minor consists of five courses within the department, exclusive of independent study and courses below the 1100 {100} level. Minors are required to complete Biology 1102 {102} or Biology 1109 {109} and two courses to be taken from two of the three core groups. See Requirements for the Major in Biology.


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