Program Overview

The undergraduate program recognizes that biology spans a continuum  of organization from molecules and cells to individuals and ecosystems. It is designed to give students a broad base, while allowing a measure of sub-field specialization. All majors are required to take a two-semester series of “Introduction to Biology” classes, plus separate courses in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Ecology, followed by three (for a B.A. degree) or six (for the B.S. degree) biology electives.

The B.S. program provides a strong preparation for those wishing to attend professional or graduate school in biology or related disciplines, and it is recommended for those who intend to enter the scientific workforce upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. The B.A. program, which also provides the essential background for professional schools, is appropriate for those who are planning for careers in fields where a science background will be advantageous.