Introduction to Undergraduate Programs
The Department of Biology offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. For the program in biochemistry, offered jointly with the Chemistry Department, see the previous listing in this handbook. Undergraduate course offerings are intended to introduce students to both classical and contemporary areas of science. Majors in biology generally follow a program that includes courses in general biology, genetics, physiology, microbiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry, calculus, physics and elective courses in the areas of science and biology. Dual majors are also possible. Additionally, majors fulfill the distribution requirements of the School of Arts and Sciences. A major in biology automatically fulfills the requirements of most universities for post-graduate studies in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine as well as for graduate studies in various disciplines within biology such as microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics and others. The biology program also provides opportunities for undergraduates to do research in the laboratories of faculty members and at area research facilities, such as the National Institutes of Health. Such experience can provide preparation for post-graduate employment in biological or biomedical research. To be accepted as a major in biology, a student should normally have completed four semesters of biology and four semesters of chemistry with a science GPA of 2.5 and a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to biology from another major or who have been undecided majors, as well as students who are transferring from another institution, will be expected to have maintained the same grade point average, though course requirements may be modified.
For more information, please consult the undergraduate handbook.