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Intradepartmental Concentrations

The Biology Major offers three intradepartmental concentrations for students to choose from. Each consists of the general biology requirements, plus additional requirements specific to the concentration. The concentrations are:

Integrative Biology

Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Genetics

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

Integrative Biology

Major Requirements Number of Courses
Core Courses:

BI 105 Biological Sciences I

BI 106 Biological Sciences II

2

Seven additional courses at the 200- and 300-level

  • at least two courses must be at the 200-level

  • at least four courses must be at the 300-level

*BI 385 or BI 371 can substitute for one of the courses at the 300-level.

Students may take additional BI 385 or BI 371 courses as electives, but they do not substitute for 300-level biology courses.

(at least 2 at 200-level)

(at least 4 at 300-level)

Capstone Course: (taken senior year)  

BI 377 / 378 Senior Capstone in Biology

Chemistry Courses:  

A sequence of three CH courses, beginning with:

CH105 Chemical Principles I, or 

CH107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors 

**CH103 may be taken in preparation for CH105, but it does not count toward the sequence of three CH courses required for the major. 

3
Math Courses:  

MA 111 Calculus I 

Total Number of Courses  15 

Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Genetics

Major Requirements Number of Courses
Core Courses:

BI 105 Biological Sciences I

BI 106 Biological Sciences II

2
Foundation Courses: (choose 2)

BI 242 Molecular Biology

BI 245 Principles of Genetics

BI 247 Cell Biology

2
Supportive Courses: (choose 4, 3 of 4 must be 300-level)

BI 246 Microbiology: Diversity, Disease, and the Environment 

BI 309 Microbial Genetics

BI 311 Biological Electron Microscopy 

BI 323 Developmental Biology

BI 337 Plant Physiology

BI 338 Plant Biotechnology 

BI 342 Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience

BI348 Immunobiology

BI349 Neuroendocrinology

BI 351M Topics in Biology

BI 352M/353M Topics in Advanced Genetics

BI 360 Gene Expression I: DNA Metabolism

BI 361 Biology of Viruses 

BI 362 Bacterial Pathogenesis: A Molecular Approach

BI 363 Gene Expression II: mRNA Metabolism

BI 370 Computer Modeling of Biological Systems

CH 340 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function 

CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function with Lab 

CH 342 Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism

*BI 242, BI 245, or BI 247 may serve as a supportive course if not already taken as foundation course.*

4
Capstone Course: (taken senior year)

BI 377 / 378 Senior Capstone in Biology

2
Chemistry Courses:

A sequence of three CH courses, beginning with:

CH105 Chemical Principles I, or 

CH107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors 

One additional 200 or 300 level course in CH is also required. 

**CH103 may be taken in preparation for CH105, but it does not count toward the sequence of three CH courses required for the major. 

4
Math Courses:

MA 111 Calculus I

1
Total Number of Courses 15

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

Major Requirements Number of Courses
Core Courses:

BI 105 Biological Sciences I

BI 106 Biological Sciences II

2
Foundation Courses:

BI 241 Ecology (required)

and choose one of the following:

BI 316 Animal Behavior

BI 324 Evolution

2

Supportive Courses: (choose 3)

BI 302 Behavioral Ecology

BI 307 Ornithology

BI 325 Tropical Ecology

BI 327 Conservation Ecology

BI 338 Plant Biotechnology

BI 339 Plant-Animal Interactions 

BI 344 Biological Clocks

BI 349 Neuroendocrinology

BI 351E Topics in Biology

BI 352E/353E Topics in Advanced Genetics

BI 370 Computer Modeling of Biological Systems

*BI 316 or BI 324 may count as a supportive course if not already taken as a foundation course*

 

Elective Course:  
One other course in BI at the 200- or 300-level 
Capstone Course: (taken senior year)  

BI 377 / 378 Senior Capstone in Biology

2
Chemistry Courses:

A sequence of three CH courses, beginning with:

CH105 Chemical Principles I, or 

CH107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors

**CH103 may be taken in preparation for CH105, but it does not count toward the sequence of three CH courses required for the major.

3
Math Courses:

MA 111 Calculus I(required)

and one of the following:

MS 104 Introduction to Statistics

PS 217 Statistical Methods in Psychology

EC 237 Statistical Methods

2
Total Number of Courses 15

 

 

 

 

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