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FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTERED SKIDMORE PRIOR TO 2017



Students who major in biology must meet the college requirements for the degree, complete the general biology requirements, and complete the requirements for one of the intradepartmental concentrations. Each concentration requires fourteen courses. 



General requirements for all biology majors or concentrations

  1. Core courses: BI 105 and BI 106 . BI 105 introduces the biological sciences by focusing on those structures and processes shared by all of life. The course explores evolutionary theory, cell structure and function, molecular genetics, biochemistry, and population ecology. BI 106 extends this exploration to consider how the diversity of life is manifest in the reproduction, development, physiology, and functional morphology of multicellular organisms. These two courses constitute a core curriculum for the major and should be completed by the end of the first year. BI 105 is taken in the fall semester, followed by BI 106 in the spring.
  2. Chemistry courses: a sequence of two CH courses, beginning with CH 125CH 115 may be taken in preparation for CH 125, but it does not count toward the sequence of two CH courses required for the major.

     
  3. Mathematics course: MA 111 (usually taken in the first year)

     
  4. Capstone courses: BI 377 and BI 378 (taken in the senior year)

     
  5. Writing: Successful completion of BI 105, BI 106, (or BI 107 and BI 108) and any two 4-credit 200-level courses in Biology.  Students will learn to write concise, well-reasoned, and properly referenced summaries of their inquiry in the form of a formal scientific paper.

Concentration Requirements



Integrative Biology

 

  1. The general requirements

     
  2. Seven additional courses at the 200 or 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 371C or BI 375C can substitute for one of these courses at the 300 level. Students may take additional BI 385 or BI 371 or BI 375 courses as electives, but they do not substitute for 300-level biology courses.



Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Genetics

 

  1. The general requirements

     
  2. Foundation courses: two courses selected from BI 242 - Molecular Cell Biology, BI 245 - Principles of Genetics, and BI 247 - Cell Biology

     
  3. Supportive courses: four courses selected from BI 235, BI 246, BI 251, BI 251M, BI 252M, BI 252, BI 309, BI 311, BI 337, BI 338, BI 341, BI 342BI 343, BI 345, BI 351, BI 351M, BI 352, BI 352M, BI 360, BI 361, BI 362, BI 363, BI 368, BI 370; CH 340, CH 341, CH 342. BI 242, BI 245, or BI 247 may be taken as a supportive course if not taken to fulfill the statistics requirement (#5). Three of the four supportive courses must be at the 300 level.
  4. One additional 200- or 300-level course in CH



Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

 

  1. The general requirements

     
  2. Foundation courses: BI 241 (Ecology) and either BI 316 (Animal Behavior) or BI 324 (Evolution)

     
  3. Supportive courses: three courses selected from BI 251, BI 251E, BI 252, BI 252E, BI 302, BI 307, BI 325, BI 327, BI 338, BI 339, BI 344, BI 351, BI 351E, BI 352, BI 352E, and BI 370. BI 316 or BI 324 may count as a supportive course, if not already taken as a foundation course. BI 235 may be taken as a supportive course if not taken to fulfill the statistics requirement (#5). Two of the three supportive courses must be at the 300 level.

     
  4. One other biology course at the 200 level

     
  5. MS 104  or EC 237 or BI 235 

FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTERED SKIDMORE IN 2017 AND BEYOND



Students majoring in biology are required to fulfill the general college requirements and to complete the following:

1. Foundation requirement: BI 107, BI 108, and CH 125 (CH 115 may be taken in preparation for CH 125, but it does not count toward the Biology major)

2. Three courses at the 200-level, one from each of the concentrations:

a. Physiological Systems and Integrative Biology: BI 244, BI 246 

b.  Ecology and Evolution: BI 241; BI 239 

          c. Cell-& Molecular Biology: BI 242; BI 245; BI 247 



3. Quantitative Methods: BI 235 



4. One courses outside Biology selected from: AN 349, AR 209, AR 307, AR 337, AR 355, CH 214, CH 221, CH 222, CH 232, CH 301, CH 313, CH 314, CH 323, CH 324, CH 330, CH 331, CH 332, CH 333, CH 340, CH 341, CH 342, CS 206, CS 230, CS 305, CS 306, CS 318, CS 322, CS 323, CS 324, CS 325, ES 205, ES 206, GE 211, GE 216, GE 301, GE 304, GE 305, GE 309, GE 310, GE 311, GE 316, GE 320, EX 126, EX 127, EX 131, EX 242, EX 311, ID 210, MA 111, MA 113, MA 200, MA 202, MA 204, MA 214, MA 270, MA 303, MA 309, MA 310, MA 311, MA 313, MA 319, MA 320, MA 323, MA 324, MA 331, MC 215, MC 302, MC 306, MC 316, MS 240, NS 101, NS 201, NS 315, PH 207, PH 211, PH 225, PY 207, PY 207H, PY 208, PY 210, PY 211, PY 212, PY 213, PY 221H, PY 345, PY 346, PY 348, PS 204, PS 205, PY PS 206, PS 207, PS 208, PS 209, PS 210, PS 211, PS 213, PS 214, PS 218, PS 219, PS 221, PS 223, PS 225A/B, PS 231, PS 232, PS 234, PS 304, PS 305A/B, PS 307, PS 313, PS 314, PS 315, PS 317, PS 318H, PS 320, PS 321, PS 322, PS 323, PS 327, PS 328, PS 329, PS 330, PS 331, PS 332, PS 333, PS 334, PS 335, PS 336, PS 341, (topics courses offered: AN 251C/D, AN 252C/D, AN 351C/D, AN 352C/D, CH 351, CH 352, CH 353, CS 276, CS 376, ES 252C/D, ES 352C/D, EX 361, GE 251C/D, GE 351C/D, MA 276, NS 212, NS 312, PY 251C/D, PY 351C/D, PS 212A/B or PS 312A/B might be used with prior approval of the department); at least one of the courses must be at the 200-level or above.



Note: Please be aware that some of the courses listed have prerequisites. It is your responsibility to ensure those are met prior to enrolling in one of those courses.



5. Three courses at the 300-level totaling at least 11 credits (two of the courses must be with lab) in one of the areas of concentrations listed below:

Areas of concentration in Biology:



a) Biomedical Science: BI 306, BI 309, BI 341, BI 342, BI 343, BI 344, BI 345, BI 361, BI 362

b) Cell and Molecular Biology: BI 309, BI 311, BI 337, BI 338, BI 341, BI 342, BI 360, BI 361, BI 362, BI 363, BI 368

c) Ecology, Evolution and Behavior: BI 302, BI 307, BI 316, BI 324, BI 325, BI 327, BI 328, BI 339

d) Integrative Biology: (any 300-level courses, excluding BI 371, BI 375 and BI 399)

Note: Topics courses in Biology (BI 351 and BI 352) will be assigned to one or more of the concentrations above as appropriate.



6. Two additional courses selected from the offerings at the 200 or 300-level in Biology not taken to fulfill a reqirement listed above (excluding BI 275, BI 299, BI 371A/B, BI 375, BI 399, BI 373, BI 374) OR from the 200- or 300-level courses listed under #4

7. BI 373 (Junior Seminar in Biology)

8. Two semesters of BI 374 (Senior Seminar Series in Biology)



WRITING IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENT: Students are required to communicate scientific ideas (written, visual, and oral) in a manner that meets international biology standards, keeping in mind specific requirements for biological sub-disciplines. Professional biologists give oral presentations, prepare written reports, submit grant proposals and publish results in scholarly journals. In fulfilling the writing requirement in the major, students will learn to: 1) write about scientific observations and conclusions in the style and format of an experienced biologist; 2) maintain properly written laboratory and/or field notebooks; 3) write formal laboratory reports in the format and style of a paper in a scholarly biology journal. While professional communication is incorporated into all of our courses offered, Biology majors will complete the requirements for Writing in the Major upon the successful completion of BI 373.

HEALTH PROFESSIONS: Students who major in biology and plan to attend professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary, and others) are encouraged to take two semesters of organic chemistry (CH 221 and CH 222) and two semesters of calculus-based physics (PY 207 and PY 208). See Preparation for Profession: Affiliated Programs and Other Agreements (Health Professions).

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