Requirements for the B.A. in Biology

(62 credits as listed below, plus Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 128 credits)

Core Curriculum

1. Nine courses in Biology

  • BI 101, 102 General Biology I, II
  • BI 201 Evolution and Population Biology
  • BI 204 Genetics
  • BI 211 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
  • BI 222 Plant Biology or BI 329 Ecology
  • BI 242 Biological Research Methods
  • BI 290 Junior Seminar in Biology and Psychobiology (2 credits)
  • BI 490 Senior Seminar in Biology and Psychobiology (4 credits)

2. Two courses in Chemistry: CH 101, 102 Modern Chemical Concepts I, II OR CH 111, 112 Conceptual Chemistry I, II

3. Two cognate courses in Mathematics (MA 110, 141, 201, 202, or 203 or higher), or Chemistry (CH 201 or higher), or Physics (PH 201, 202, 211, or 212). For some career goals, students may need to take more than two cognate courses.

4. Three additional Biology electives at the 300 level. For some career goals, additional electives may be necessary.

5. Students who want certain career paths can choose to specialize in one of the following concentrations. For some career goals, additional coursework may be required.

6. Practical experience in the form of a BI 370-level Internship or BI 389-level Independent Research is encouraged.

Recommendations for Concentrations

Allied Health Concentration

1. Cognate courses

  • PH 201, 202 Fundamental Concepts of Physics I, II Biology electives chosen

2. Biology electives chosen to fulfill interests and career goals

Biochemistry Concentration

1. Cognate courses

  • CH201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II: Structure, Mechanisms and Reactions

2. Biology electives

  • BI 340 Biochemistry

  • BI 333 Molecular Biology

  • BI 325 Cell Biology

3. Additional recommendations

  • PH201, 202 Fundamental Concepts of Physics I, II
    Or PH211, 212 Conceptual Physics I, II

Biological Basis of Behavior Concentration

1. Cognate courses

  • PY 111 Introduction to Psychology
  • MA 141 Elementary Statistics
  • PY 142 Research Methods
  • PY 221, 222 Psychology as a Natural Science: Learning and Cognition

2. Biology electives

  • BI 332 Animal Behavior
  • BI 335 Neurobiology
  • A third biology elective chosen in consultation with the adviser

Conservation Biology Concentration

1. Cognate courses

  • MA 141 Elementary Statistics
  • CH 201 Organic Chemistry I: Structure, Mechanisms and Reactions

2. Biology electives

  • BI 333 Molecular Biology
  • BI 329 Ecology
  • BI 330 Conservation Biology

3. Additional recommendations

  • PS 225 Politics of the Developing World
  • FA 208 Photography I
  • EC 330 Natural Resource Economics

Forensics Concentration

1. Cognate courses

  • CH 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II: Structure, Mechanisms and Reactions

2. Biology electives

  • BI 325 Cell Biology
  • BI 340 Biochemistry
  • BI 333 Molecular Biology

3. Additional recommendations

  • BI 327 Histology
  • CH 203 Equilibrium and Analysis

Molecular Biology Concentration

1. Cognate courses: CH 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II: Structure, Mechanisms and Reactions

2. Biology electives

  • BI 325 Cell Biology
  • BI 323 Microbiology
  • BI 333 Molecular Biology

3. Additional recommendations: PH 201, 202 Fundamental Concepts of Physics I, II

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