The biology curriculum is designed to provide students an opportunity to study the principles governing life processes within the broader context of the liberal arts. Students investigate the science of life at all levels, from molecular biology to population ecology. Courses are designed to develop each student's ability to acquire and interpret data, pose questions, and critically evaluate facts and theories. By proper selection of biology and other science courses, a student will be prepared for graduate school in the life sciences, for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, and other health profession schools, and for positions in government or industry.
To be retained as a biology major, a student must maintain a 2.0 average based on all biology courses attempted. No courses below BIO 202 except BIO 150, BIO 151, and BIO 152 can be used to fulfill the biology major requirements. In many biology courses a student is expected to devote more time than scheduled in laboratory and field investigations. Biology majors must complete 14 courses, nine in biology and five cognate courses.
- Three Introductory Courses
BIO 150: Principles of Biology I: Organisms and Populations
BIO 151: Principles of Biology II: Cells and Organisms
BIO 152: Principles of Biology III: Molecules and Cells
- Six Biology Electives at the 200-level and above (except BIO 200, BIO 201, and BIO 960), at least one course from each of List A, B, and C:
Courses studying populations through ecosystems, including a lab or field component:
BIO 204: Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 255: Ornithology
BIO 260: Field Botany and Plant Ecology
BIO 262: Cultural and Economic Botany
BIO 265: Behavior
BIO 268: Freshwater Ecology
BIO 270: Ecology
BIO 272: Field Marine Biology
Courses studying organisms and tissue systems, including a lab or field component:
Courses studying cells and molecules, including a lab component:
- At least one of the six courses must be a Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) course numbered between 400 and 499. These are advanced, seminar-style courses that incorporate inquiry-oriented student projects.
- Five Cognate courses
CHM 103: General Chemistry I
CHM 104: General Chemistry II
CHM 201, 203 or 205: Organic Chemistry I
MTH 121: Calculus I or MTH 122: Calculus II or MTH 223: Calculus III
PHY 121: General Physics I
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the second semester of organic chemistry and physics because a full year of each are required by virtually all graduate programs in the biological sciences or health professions.
Students seeking teacher certification for secondary biology education should contact the department head.