Why should I take CH/BI?

Why should I take CH/BI?

• The CH/BI curriculum recognizes that many current and future challenges that face the world today will require solutions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.
• The CH/BI program is specifically intended for first-year students, providing a group of similarly motivated students who learn and laugh together for the year-long sequence of courses.
• Students can co-enroll in Biology 150 and CH/BI 227 in the Spring semester and complete the introductory sequences for both biology and chemistry in their first year!
• CH/BI alumni have done well in advanced courses in chemistry, biology, and related fields. They are competitive applicants for research programs as well as medical and professional schools.
• CH/BI courses are limited to only 48 students (with labs at 24) insuring that you will have significant opportunity to interact with your professors, teaching assistants, and tutors.

What else should I consider?

• The CH/BI program is open to first-year students by special application (https://wp.stolaf.edu/admissions/discover/majors-programs/conversations-learning-communities/).   The application consists of a short questionnaire and essay question followed by the Chemistry Placement Exam.  If you chose not to apply in the spring, there is the possibility that there will be openings in the fall for registration, but openings may fill quickly during Week One registration.
• Because CH/BI 126 is an interim course, CH/BI is not compatible with other programs (like the Great Conversation and Environmental Conversation) that have interim course commitments.
• If you have AP credit in chemistry, you should contact Prof. Jeff Schwinefus (schwinef@stolaf.edu) to discuss whether this sequence fits with your interests and goals.
• The CH/BI sequence fulfills the cell biology core requirement for the biology major (Bio 227). Students intending to major in biology or wish to fulfill the biology requirements for medical school should plan to co-enroll in Bio150 in the spring of their first year, or to take Bio150 in their sophomore year after completing the CH/BI sequence. CH/BI does not fulfill the biology major requirement for Bio150.