Oct 21, 2017
The Department of Biology offers courses that prepare students for careers in the biological and biomedical sciences. The Department provides support for other programs within the University that require students to obtain a background in one or more subfields of biology and meets the needs of nonscience majors who wish to integrate the science of biology into a liberal-arts curriculum. The major in Biology is suitable for students who intend to go on to professional schools in the health sciences (such as medical,dental, or veterinarian school), or graduate studies in the biological sciences and for those who plan careers in biomedical research, biotechnology, education, environmental sciences, or conservation biology.
The Department encourages students to obtain a broad foundation in biology and then to identify an area of emphasis within the biological sciences. In consultation with faculty advisors, students select courses that provide depth of exposure to topics in their area of specialization, which can include research experiences. Two general curricula are offered on the Department of Biology web pages: one in cell and molecular biology and one in ecology and evolution. Curricular plans are also provided for pre-health students interested in majoring in biology. Early consultation with a faculty member in biology is strongly recommended to enable students to acquire the necessary background to participate in specially-designed research courses, internships, or research in faculty laboratories.
For more information, please visit the Biology Department’s website.
The requirements for a minor in Biology are:
1. Two introductory courses in Biology
2. Four additional courses in biology to include:
- One course at the 200 level and none below the 100 level.
- Two courses from different subject areas:
- Cell and Molecular Biology (e.g. BIOL 118-Genetics or BIOL 137-Cell Biology)
- Organismal Biology (e.g. BIO 109-Microbiology, BIOL 110-Introduction to Botanical Diversity, BIOL 112-Comparative and Human Anatomy, or BIOL 143-Neuroscience).
- Ecology and Evolution (e.g. BIOL 105-Evolution, BIOL 114-Marine Biology or BIOL 216-Ecology).
All students wishing to complete a minor must select courses, receive approval from their biology faculty advisor and declare the minor by the end of the junior year, although earlier is recommended.
3. Additional requirements
Biology courses used to fulfill the requirements for the minor in biology may not be taken with the pass option. All students wishing to complete a minor must select courses, receive approval from their biology faculty advisor, and declare the minor by the end of the junior year, although earlier is recommended.
Philip J. Bergmann, Ph.D.
Susan Foster, Ph.D.
David Hibbett, Ph.D.
Denis Larochelle, Ph.D.
Todd Livdahl, Ph.D.
Néva Meyer , Ph.D.
Deborah Robertson, Ph.D.
Justin Thackeray, Ph.D.
Heather Wiatrowski, Ph.D.
Halina Brown, Ph.D.
Frederick Greenaway, Ph.D.
Dominik Kulakowski, Ph.D.
Noel Lazo, Ph.D.
John Rogan, Ph.D.
Joseph Tang, Ph.D.
David Thurlow, Ph.D.
Christopher A. Williams, Ph.D.
John Baker, Ph.D.
Linda Kennedy, Ph.D.
John Brink, Ph.D.
H. William Johansen, Ph.D.
Thomas Leonard, Ph.D.
Timothy Lyerla, Ph.D.
John Reynolds, Ph.D.