The Department of Biology provides its students with both a breadth of understanding in biology and an opportunity to explore many specialized areas in greater depth. Students can choose from a variety of degree programs, which are designed to meet individual needs. The required courses for the major and specializations establish a core of fundamental knowledge in biology and related sciences. Students build on this foundation through a variety of lecture, laboratory, field, and seminar courses that explore areas within biology while allowing them to focus on specific disciplines.
With our award winning faculty and advanced research facilities, the Biology Department encompasses the wide-ranging discipline of biology. Faculty research interests span all levels of biological organization from the molecular and organismal to the ecology of populations and entire ecosystems. The development of laboratory and field skills is encouraged throughout coursework and participation in the department’s extensive research activities, which often involve collaborative research.
In addition to Biology course requirements, the major requires three semesters of Chemistry, and two semesters of both Math and Physics.
For a more detailed listing of courses and requirements for this interdisciplinary degree program, visit the undergraduate bulletin.
Pre-Med: The Biology major satisfies all pre-medical requirements except for the second semester of organic chemistry, which can easily be built into a student’s schedule. Please visit the Premedical/Prehealth Advising website for additional information.
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Department of Biology
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Clarie Schenkel works in Dr. Kim McCall's laboratory studying programmed cell death in the ovaries of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
Colin Averill recenlty published a paper in the prestigious journal, Ecology, along with his advisor, Dr. Adrien Finzi. His research work focuses on the forms of nitrogen that control the productivity of hardwood and boreal forests.
Curran Uppaluri is pursuing a dual major in both Biology and Economics and works with Dr. Peter Buston investigating whether Amphiprion percula, a type of anemonefish, exhibit definite personality traits.
Michelle McInnis, a senior Biology major working with Prof. Richard Primack, is investigating the effects of a warming climate on the flowering and leafing out times of plants.
Spencer Goodman is a senior working in Dr. John Finnerty's lab investigating gene expression in the parasitic lined sea anemone, Edwardsiella lineata.