Major Pattern

We believe that student-lead research is the best way for our students to learn to think like a scientist, work collaboratively, and develop their problem-solving skills. Because of this commitment, all of our biology classes have a laboratory component that is also taught by the faculty. In the laboratory, students are trained in modern techniques (e.g., PCR, cell culture, physiological monitoring) and then use those techniques to explore questions they have developed.

All biology majors take the same foundational classes. After completion of the common core, students can select from one of three tracks: biology; molecular and cellular biology; or ecology, evolution, and behavior.

15 course units, including:
BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Molecules and Cells
BIO 1206 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Organisms and Ecosystems
BIO 2042 Biologists’ Toolkit (1/2 unit)
BIO 3204 Animal Behavior
BIO 3314 Evolution
BIO 4144 Ecology
BIO 4432 Capstone in Biology (1/2 unit)
3 courses from the following list:
BIO 3016 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 2124 Field Botany
BIO 2164 Ornithology
BIO 2144 Tropical Ecology
BIO 2504 Entomology
BIO 3065 Animal Physiology
Remaining 3 electives may come from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, or Physics
NOTE:BIO 1164, BIO 2014, and BIO 2104 may not be used as electives in the major
Allied Courses:
CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
MATH 1144 Elementary Statistics