A concentration in Biology begins with course work in General Biology. Critical thinking and writing skills are a part of all undertakings in this concentration. A well-rounded biologist will build on basic concepts with study in core areas: ecology, cell and developmental biology, organismal biology and genetics. Course offering supplemented by tutorials allow students to accomplish this. In the current curriculum, for example, Methods in Field Ecology, Plant-Insect Interactions, and Coral Reef Ecology allow study of ecological principles beyond General Biology. Cell and developmental biology begins with a foundation course (with lab) in cell biology. Advanced courses such as Plant Developmental Biology, lab tutorials, internships, and seminars give the student an opportunity to shape interests. Organismal biology is represented in several course offerings, including Organismic Biology, Botany, Fish Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Plant Physiology, and Entomology. Genetics (with lab) introduced the field that can be explored at advanced levels through work in biochemistry and through seminars focused on various levels of genetics from molecular to organismal, as well as through tutorials and internships.
The curriculum is flexible to accommodate needs and interests. The sub-disciplines offered regularly by faculty include marine biology, neurobiology and environmental studies. Each assumes completion of general biology and the incorporation in an individual's curriculum of the core areas of study.
Sub-disciplines such as genetics and entomology are designed individually, depending on specific areas of interest and academic goals. Students choosing one of the sub-disciplines will undertake one or two ISP's in the sub-discipline and a senior thesis. Students fulfilling requirements for concentrations such as gender studies may be able to arrange with faculty to focus projects or tutorials on gender topics. Courses such as Women in Science and the Role of Women in Natural History may also be of interest.
Biology students should also complete the basic courses in physics, calculus and chemistry, and be able to use the computer as a research and presentation tool. Statistics and the command of a modern language other than English make important contributions to a biologist's education.
For program requirements, click here for the General Catalog.
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