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Commencement 2019

Major Requirements

The Biology Department offers a diversified program that examines the life sciences by integrating multiple disciplines, including the molecular nature of cellular structure and physiology, the evolutionary mechanisms of biodiversity, and the study of plant and animal communities in relationship to the environment. The curriculum is designed to promote discovery and problem solving through scientific methodology, with most courses featuring an integrated laboratory component. In addition to mastering concepts, students learn to see the biological sciences as a process of discovery through the completion of a mandatory experiential learning opportunity such as undertaking undergraduate research, completing an internship, studying abroad in the natural sciences, or enrolling in a field course at a biological or marine field station. In addition to core biology courses, students are required to complete additional coursework in other natural sciences. Both B.A. and B.S. degrees are offered in biology. The curriculum for each degree is designed to prepare students for advanced study in the health sciences and biological research, thereby enabling motivated individuals to pursue successful careers as physicians, veterinarians, biologists, environmental researchers, policymakers, public health professionals, scientific journalists, and educators.

Core Courses

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

BIO 130 Principles of Biology I: Ecology & Evolution 4
BIO 132 Principles of Biology II: Cell Biology & Genetics 4
BIO 200 Principles of Biology III: The Diversity of Life 4
BIO 311 Genetics 4
Ecological and Environmental Biology
One of the following: BIO 316, 355
4
Evolutionary and Integrative Biology
One of the following: BIO 300, 372, 373, 377, 380, or 410
4
Cellular and Molecular Biology
One of the following: BIO 308, 420, 482
4
Experiential Learning
BIO 470* or 489*
4
BIO electives at the 300/400 level
(excluding BIO 460 and 475)
8
Total within department 40

*The MFAT exam is required as a part of the BIO 470 and 489 courses.

Biology (B.A.)*

Additional Required Courses

 
CHEM 120 Introductory Chemistry 4
One of the following:
CHEM 200, 210, 221 or 270
4
Total 48

Biology (B.S.)

Additional Required Courses  
CHEM 120 Introductory Chemistry 4
CHEM 200 Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II 4
Two of the following:
CHEM 210, 330; EES 270, 300, 450; MATH 171, 172; PHYS 221, 222
8
Total 64

Minor Requirements

Biology

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

BIO 130 Principles of Biology I: Ecology & Evolution 4
BIO 132 Principles of Biology II: Cell Biology & Genetics 4
BIO 200 Principles of Biology III: The Diversity of Life 4
BIO Elective at the 200 level or higher
(excluding BIO 460 and 475)
4
BIO electives at the 300/400 level
(excluding BIO 460 and 475)
4
Total 20

Marine Science

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

EES 200: Oceanography 4
BIO 355: Marine Biology 4
Select three courses from the following:
BIO 354 Marine Invertebrate Evolution
BIO 373 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 475 Natural and Social History of the Chesapeake Bay
BIO or EES 489 Research in the Natural Sciences*
EES 300 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
EES 340 Climatology
EES 450 Biogeochemistry
12
Total 20