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  Nov 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalogue

Biology


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The Biology major is designed for students wishing to explore life science at multiple levels ranging from the molecular to the organismal to the ecosystem level. The curriculum seeks to develop organizational and communication skills, critical thinking and the ability to synthesize information. Graduates of the program are well prepared to undertake advanced study in graduate, medical or dental school, or for a career in business or education.

Major requirements include:


Additional requirements include:


Students must also select seven major elective courses from the department, with the following conditions. 

  • At least one biology course must be selected from each of the following two categories (two courses total). 
  • CH251 Organic Chemistry II OR an additional semester of Physics may count for one course of the seven.
  • Directed Research in Biology (BI421-BI422 or BI423), Internship (BI451-454) or Washington Internship (BI450) may count for one course of the seven 
  • Six of the seven must be lab courses.

With permission of the chair, up to 3 upper-level courses on topics other than those listed below may be transferred in from study abroad or from domestic institutions.

Students must also successfully complete a written comprehensive examination. The examination is the Education Testing Service Major Field Test in Biology and is administered twice annually, once in November and once in February.

Course Sequence Outline


To assist students in selecting a balance of courses from several academic areas, each Biology major is assigned a faculty advisor with whom a close advisee-advisor relationship must be developed. Scientific research is an important aspect of an education in science and each major is strongly recommended to replace one of the seven required courses with one of the following: (1) under the direction of a faculty member, participate in Directed Research in Biology (BI 421  - BI 422  or BI 423 ); (2) develop, with direction from the Internship Facilitator, an individual internship program (BI 451, 452, 453, 454  or (3) participate in the Washington Internship Program (BI 450 ).

Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Fall


Spring


Junior Year


Fall


  • Language 3/elective
  • Core
  • Biology elective 2
  • Physics or elective

Spring


  • Core
  • Core
  • Physics or elective
  • Biology elective 3

Senior Year


Fall


  • Core
  • Core/elective
  • Biology elective 4
  • Biology elective 5
  • BI 421 - Directed Research in Biology - Two Semester Option

Spring


Note:


See Biological Sciences Overview  for additional information.

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