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Chair: Dr. Anne Kruchten, akrucht, x2464, Graf 204A
Transfer Advisor: Dr. Anne Kruchten, akrucht, x2464, Graf 204A
First-Year student contact: Dr. Chad Tillberg, ctillbe, x2221, Murdock 230
Dr. Chris Gaiser, cgaiser, x2308, Melrose 201

In successfully completing a major in biology, a student must demonstrate an understanding of basic principles and concepts of biology; have an advanced level competence in Hereditary biology, Cell biology, Ecology and Evolutionary biology; and have the ability to think critically and quantitatively, synthesize information from a variety of different sources and write and speak the discipline. 

BIOL 210 & 211(Principles of Biology) are prerequisites for most advanced Biology courses and are required for all Biology majors and minors. Students should enroll in these courses as soon as possible in their academic career. 

GUIDELINES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS: 

FALL SEMESTER:

  • Students should seriously consider taking the yearlong sequences of General Chemistry ** and Principles of Biologyat the beginning of their academic careers, as these are prerequisites for all upper division courses. Students should consult with their academic advisors to select an enrollment option: 
    • Students with excellent high school science and math preparation may elect to enroll in both the General Chemistry ** and Principles of Biology sequences during their first year. This is the preferred option as it offers the most scheduling flexibility, but it is the most challenging academically.It may be beneficial to also talk with a member of the Faculty Committee listed above.
    • Students may also elect to take one of the sequences during the first year and the other sequence during the second year.  A student should consider his or her high school math and science preparation and any college placement information during a discussion with the academic advisor to make this decision. Again, a conversation with a member of the Faculty Committee above may be helpful.
  • If not enrolled in CHEM 210, students should enroll in the recommended math courses to prepare for future science sequences.

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

SECOND YEAR:

  • Students who have not completed BIOL 210/211 and CHEM 210/211 must enroll in whichever course they lack during their 2nd year. 

MAJOR/MINOR SPECIFIC ADVISING INFORMATION: 

CORE: 38 credits. 210 and 211, 270, 285,400, 450, 486, and nine additional BIOL credits from courses numbered 220 or higher. In addition, CHEM 210, 211, 321 and 322.

MINOR: 20 credits in the department, including 210, 211 and at least three additional courses numbered 220 or above.

ELECTIVES:

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 108 Ecology of Ecosystems; BIOL/ANTH 105 Human Biology and Evolution; BIOL 109 The Life and Death of Cancer; BIOL 107 Animals in Action; and BIOL 290 Plants and Society*

  • With the exception of BIOL 290, these courses are not applicable for a Biology or General Science major/minor.

Notes:

Students who have taken AP Biology in high school and have scored a 5 on the AP exam will receive 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 (IB) subject exam in Biology will receive Biology elective credit. They are not exempt from BIOL 210 or 211. 

BIOLOGY FACULTY AREAS OF INTEREST AND RESEARCH:

Christopher Gaiser                                                          Genetics, Plant Growth and Development

Anne Kruchten                                                                 Cell Biology, Microbiology

John Syring                                                                        Evolution, Plant Ecology and Systematics

Chad Tillberg                                                                     Ecology, Animal Behavior

Jeremy Weisz                                                                   Microbiology of Marine organisms

Catherine Reinke                                                             Cell Biology, Genetics

BIOLOGY FACULTY AREAS OF INTEREST AND RESEARCH:

Christopher Gaiser  Genetics, Plant Growth and Development
Anne Kruchten Cell Biology, Microbiology
John Syring Evolution, Plant Ecology and Systematics  
Chad Tillberg Ecology, Animal Behavior
Jeremy Weisz  Microbiology of Marine organisms
Catherine Reinke  Cell Biology, Genetics