To count toward the major, students must receive a grade of at least C- in all the biological sciences courses. A maximum of one seminar can count toward the 300-level requirement. CHE 341 (Biochemistry I) or
(Biochemistry of Gene Expression) (but not both) with a grade of C- or better may be counted toward the 300-level requirement. Students planning to major in biological sciences should elect BIO 104
and BIO 105
and CHE 111
(or CHE 112H
) and CHE 151
(or CHE 152H
) in their first year and BIO 210
and BIO 220
in their sophomore year.
*New math requirements for major (as of 9/18/2012):
are required and should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the sophomore year. Both Calculus I (MA 170 or 171) and Statistics (MA 168) are strongly recommended. Calculus II (MA 180) is recommended. (Previous math requirement for major was: CHE 235
and MA 170
or MA 171
are required and should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the sophomore year. MA 180
is strongly recommended.)
The biological core is completed in the junior year by taking BIO 240 and either plant (
) or principles of physiology (
). All students, especially those contemplating graduate school, are urged to take both BIO 260
and BIO 333
. The last three semesters may be devoted to specialization at the 300 level and independent research.
Laboratory proficiency and writing proficiency in the major are required. Laboratory reports and papers in BIO 214 , BIO 224 , BIO 240 , and BIO 260 are used to evaluate writing proficiency in the major. Laboratory proficiency is determined in BIO 224 and upper level labs.