Chair: Dr. Christopher Gaiser
Transfer Advisor: Dr. Michael Roberts
First-Year student contact: Dr. Anne Kruchten
BIOL 210 and BIOL 211 (Principles of Biology I and II) are prerequisites for most advanced Biology courses and are required for all Biology majors and minors.
Guidelines for First - and - Second Year Students
First Year, Fall Semester
- Depending on SAT/ACT score, enroll in BIOL 210 (Principles of Biology). Review placement info.
- Students who are academically strong and have previous academic experience in Biology and Chemistry shoud consider enrolling in CHEM 210 (General Chemistry).
- If not enrolled in CHEM 210, students should enroll in the recommended math courses to prepare for future science sequences.
First Year, Spring Semester
- Students who were enrolled in fall BIOL 210 and/or CHEM 210 should sign up for the continuation courses BIOL 211 and CHEM 211
- Students who did not earlier take BIOL 210/211 and/or CHEM 210/211, you must enroll to take them during 2nd year. Declare your major and identify and acquire an advisor in the Biology Department.
Courses for Non-Majors
The Biology department does not recommend that non-science majors fulfill the NW requirement with BIOL 210 or 211. The following courses are specifically designed for non-science majors wishing to fulfill their NW requirement with a biology course:
- BIOL 104 Genetics: A 21st Century Science
- BIOL/ANTH 105 Human Biology and Evuolution
- BIOL 107 Animals in Action
- BIOL 108 Ecology of Ecosystems
- BIOL 109 The Life and Death of Cancer
- BIOL 290 Plants and Society
* With the exception of BIOL 290, these courses are not applicable for a Biology or General Science major or minor
- Students who have taken AP Biology in high school and have scored a 5 on the AP exam will receive 5 hours of Biology elective credit. They are not exempt from BIOL 210 or 211.
- Students who have earned a 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate subject exam in Biology will receive 5 hours of Biology elective credit. They are not exempt from BIOL 210 or 211.
BIOLOGY FACULTY AREAS OF INTEREST AND RESEARCH:
Chris Gaiser Genetics, Plant Development
Anne Kruchten Cell Biology, Microbiology
Michael Roberts Pharmacology, Physiology
John Syring Evolution, Plant Ecology and Systematics
Chad Tillberg Ecology, Animal Behavior
Jeremy Weisz Micobiology, Marine Ecology
For students interested in health professions, please see the lising of pre-professional/health professions advisors in this advising handbook and the College Catalog.