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Biology is the study of life and includes a broad range of biological disciplines. Undergraduate women are well-prepared for graduate studies and careers with a strong foundation in biological principles and methodology, as a result of the department's student centered classroom, laboratory, and research experiences. For students desiring a broad education in the life sciences, ranging from the molecular and cellular level to that of populations and ecosystems, this major provides maximum flexibility in preparation for careers in biology, biotechnology, and related fields; it also serves as excellent preparation for graduate and professional schools.

Requirements: Students planning a program in biology satisfy the core requirements by taking the following courses:

Year 1:

  • BIOL 113 General Biology
  • BIOL 218 Principles of Zoology

Year 2:

  • BIOL 222 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 225 Cell Biology

Year 3:

  • BIOL 336 Genetics

To complete the minimum requirements, students must take three additional courses in biology, at least two of which must be numbered 300 or higher. In the senior year, students must satisfy their independent study requirement by taking two semesters of BIOL 350, BIOL 355 or BIOL 370.

Prerequisites: Students are required to take CHEM 111 or 113, 114, and 225 as well as MATH 120 or its equivalent. Students interested in medical or dental school or in pursuing graduate study in certain areas of biology should plan to include additional courses in CHEM 226, MATH 121, and a year of physics. Students interested in careers in dentistry, medicine, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, and the allied health professions should consult the chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, Bruce Gray.