Biology (BIO)

The biology major has the dual mission of introducing students to the information and technological tools of various disciplines of biology while instilling the confidence to critically assess a biological phenomenon and to design and carry out an appropriate research program.

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Typical First Year Schedule

  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • CHEM 121* or CHEM 122 or CHEM 125 or CH/BI 125*
  • MATH 119 or MATH 120 or MATH 126 or MATH 128
  • Foreign Language
  • GE/Elective
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • CHEM 126** or CH/BI 227
  • BIO 150
  • Foreign Language
Additional Information

*Note: The CHEM 121 and CH/BI 125 classes make use of the Interim, which is incompatible with most conversation programs.

**Note: Calculus is a prerequisite for CHEM 126 and CH/BI 126 (taken during Interim).

  • 100-level elective credit toward the major is given for: AP score of 4 or 5, IB HL score of 5-7, or Cambridge A-level score of A (unless other credit is arranged).
  • Credit for transfer courses are done in consultation with the Registrar and the Biology Department Chair.

The first biology course in the major is BIO 150 for all students. Rare exceptions include certain transfer courses or a score of A on Cambridge A-level Biology.

For chemistry, students should follow their placement recommendation found in the Student Information System (SIS).


Chair, Department of Biology – Eric Cole (
Associate Professor of Biology – Jean Porterfield (

Academic Catalog
2020-21 courses will be updated in August 2020