Major program: The program consists of the introductory courses BIOL181-182 (or 195/182 or 181-196) and their labs, BIOL191-192, as well as a minimum of six upper-level biology courses in the 200, 300 and 500 series (500 level being graduate courses). Additionally, five courses are required outside the Biology Department. It should be noted that most medical and other health-related graduate schools require two years of college-level chemistry, as well as a year each of introductory biology, physics and math (such as calculus or statistics). A strong chemistry background is especially recommended for students planning to enter graduate or medical school.
Honors Program: To be considered for departmental honors, a student must: be a biology major and be recommended to the department by a faculty member. It is expected that the student will have at least a B average (grade point average 85) in courses credited to the major. A student must also submit a thesis based on laboratory research or mathematical modeling. The thesis is carried out under the supervision of a faculty member of the department.
Sample Courses: Molecular Biology; Behavioral Neurobiology; Genomics: Modern Genetic, Bioinformatics, and the Human Genome Project; Evolution; Principles and Mechanisms of Cell Biology; Developmental Biology; Immunology.
Number of Professors: 20
Professor of Biology