The mission of the Biology Department is to ensure that students understand how a scientific approach to the natural world leads to both insight and an altered perception of the breadth and depth of life on our planet. This is done through reinforcing in students the knowledge, skills, and habits of thought that characterize the biologically trained mind.
The goals of the Biology Department are the following:
The Department of Biology awards a Bachelor of Science degree through a broad and rigorous academic study of the living world within the context of a liberal arts education. Courses emphasize the process of gathering scientific information and building knowledge based on critical evaluation of experimental observation. All students majoring in Biology follow a program of study that provides a broad fundamental understanding of all areas of the life sciences as well as chemistry, physics, and mathematics. In addition, all students conduct an independent research project on a topic of their choosing and present the results to the College in the form of the Natural Science Undergraduate Research Sequence (NSURS). Concurrent training in environmental studies is possible.
Grades: Students must pass courses at a grade of C- or better to count toward fulfillment of the major. This includes courses with BIO, CHM, MAT, PHY, and SCI prefixes. Prerequisites must also be passed with a grade of C- or better.
Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 34 credit hours in biology, with an additional 27 credit hours in physics, chemistry, math, and natural sciences (as specified below), to fulfill the major requirements.
Requirements: Biology majors and minors may not take BIO courses numbered 110 or below to meet Biology requirements.
Graduation in Biology with honors is possible for qualified students. See description under Honors Program Natural Sciences (Section 3.2.08.2.2).
Grades: Students must pass courses at a grade of C- or better to count toward the minor.
Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 25 credit hours to fulfill the minor requirements.