The Biology Department fosters in all students an understanding of and curiosity about the living world and biological processes, an appreciation of how scientific knowledge is acquired, and the ability to apply your knowledge and skills to generate and address new questions.
- You can publish and present at conferences
- We stress communication and professionalism to build your confidence and preparation
- We have a biology club
- Our low faculty/student ratio and strong support system provide mentorship and guidance
- We have expert faculty in many biology disciplines to help you explore options
- We offer professional development night for networking and exploring careers
- Our independent research students have 24 hour access to labs
- We offer team taught courses with Environmental Science
Access to labs for
medicine, biotechnology, teaching +
Common Core Courses
Courses in the Laboratory Science section of the Common Core are BIOL 0102 - Environmental Biology, BIOL 0104 - Human Biology, BIOL 0106 - Biology Today, and BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I. The 100-level courses (BIOL 0102, BIOL 0104, and BIOL 0106) do not satisfy requirements for the Biology Major and should not be taken by students majoring in Biology. MATH 0105 and MATH 0108 each satisfy the traditional mathematics area of the Common Core. BIOL 0278 satisfies the applied analytical reasoning area of the Common Core. Both math courses should be selected with guidance from faculty advisor.
Requirements for the Biology Major - 64 Credits
To earn a major in Biology, students must successfully complete all Introductory Courses, Biology Seminars, Required Chemistry Courses, Upper Division Courses, and Elective Courses as described below.
Introductory Biology/Math Courses
- BIOL 0128 - General Biology II
- BIOL 0129 - General Biology I
- Two of the following Math core courses:
- MATH 0105 - Calculus I
- MATH 0108 - Elementary Statistics
- BIOL 0278 - Biostatistics
BIOL 0128 and BIOL 0129 DO NOT have to be taken in sequence, but should be taken in the first year. MATH 0105 and MATH 0108 each satisfy the traditional mathematics area of the Common Core and BIOL 0278 satisfies the applied analytical reasoning area of the Common Core. Both math courses should be selected with guidance from faculty advisor.
Three 1-credit seminars as follows:
- BIOL 0180 - Introductory Seminar in Biology
- BIOL 0280-0289 - Biology Seminar
- (Biology education students must take BIOL 0289 for this requirement.)
- BIOL 0380 - Senior Seminar
The first-year seminar serves as an introduction to the field of biology, research methods, and career opportunities; assists students in integrating the knowledge gained in individual biology and cognate courses; and helps documents the student's progress toward meeting the departmental learning goals. A topical seminar (BIOL 0280-0289) is typically taken during the junior or senior year and focuses on specific topics, while the Senior Seminar requires the presentation of a portfolio documenting the student's progress toward meeting the departmental learning goals.
Required Chemistry Courses
Upper Division Biology Courses
ONE course from each of the following areas:
Writing for Biology
A minimum of 19 additional credits in Biology above the 100-level (excluding internships), selected with guidance from the faculty advisor. These 19 credits must include the following:
- 6 credits of BIOL 0377 - Research Experience (3 of these credits may be satisfied by BIOL 0399 - Independent Research )
- 3 additional credits at the 300-level ( BIOL 0377 - Research Experience or other 300-level biology)
- 6 additional credits of 200 or 300-level biology electives
- 4 additional credits of CHEM 0203-Organic Chemistry II or CHEM 0315-Biochemistry I with lab or 4 credits of an upper level biology course
If students are interested in graduate or professional school, a year of calculus and a year of physics is strongly recommended. Students should discuss their academic and career goals with their faculty advisor to identify appropriate coursework.
Students will demonstrate a comprehension of the following core concepts from the molecular to ecosystem level:
- Evolution: Change over time and mechanisms involved
- Structure and function: How the shape of something affects performance
- Energy transformation: Energy capture, use and transfer
- Information flow: Transmission and interpretation of biological information
- Systems: Interaction and organization of components