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.

Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology Track
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 4432 Capstone in Biology (1/2 unit)
6 biology courses, with at least 3 from the following list:
BIO 3026 Developmental Biology
BIO 3034 Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes
BIO 3044 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria
BIO 3046 Microbiology
BIO 3056 Bacterial Pathogenesis
BIO 4114 Immunology
BIO 4304 Advanced Cell Biology
Allied Courses
CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2165 Organic Chemistry II
MATH 1304 Calculus I
PHYS 2115 University Physics I
Note: BIO 1164, BIO 2014, and BIO 2104 may not be used as electives in the major.