The Biology coursework begins with two semesters of General Biology (lecture and laboratory). These courses are typically taken in the Fall and Spring semesters of freshman year. In these courses, students learn the fundamental facts, concepts, theories, and techniques that they will need for advanced study.
Biology majors then take courses that are more in-depth in their coverage and approach. With a few exceptions, most courses fulfill one or more of the following subject areas:
These courses investigate the structure and function of
cells, and the role of cellular processes in animal and plant
physiology. Representative courses include Cellular Biology,
Microbiology, Immunology, Developmental Biology, and Histology.
These courses focus on the cellular and molecular principles that
govern gene organization, expression and inheritance, as well as their
evolutionary consequences. These courses include Genetics, Molecular
Biology, and Evolution.
MolecularThese courses discuss
biomolecular structures, functions, and subcellular processes, and how
these affect cellular and organismal function. Typical courses include
Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Microbiology, and Cellular and
OrganismalThese courses focus on
gross morphology and physiology of plants and animals, basic tissue and
organ system function and integration, and metabolism. Representative
courses include General Physiology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy,
Invertebrate Biology, Plant Physiology, and Sensory Biology.
PopulationThese course focus on principles and organization of animal and plant
interactions with abiotic and biotic factors, including human
interactions with ecosystems. These courses include Ecology, Marine
Ecology, Invertebrate Biology, Plant Physiology, and Animal Behavior.
majors are required to take at least course from each of the subject
areas. This is one of the ways we ensure that our majors study the
entire spectrum of Biology, and have the solid foundation for a
balanced and well-rounded view of life on earth.