Many students may decide to change to the new curriculum
to take advantage of its flexibility. Don't worry! The courses
you have completed in the old major will still be applicable
to the new major and you won't have to take new courses that
are equivalent to courses you've already completed.
If you have completed BIOL 100 (Concepts of Biology)
and BIOL 301 (Ecology and Evolution) you will not be
required to take the new courses that replace them, BIOL
141 (Foundations of Biology: Cells, Energy and Organisms)
and BIOL 142 (Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution).
If you do not complete BIOL 301 by the last time it is offered
in Summer 2011), you will be expected to enroll in BIOL 142
Another course for which you can receive equivalency is
BIOL 303L. This laboratory will no longer be taught but much
of the content of that course will be re-purposed in the
new course BIOL 300L (Experimental Biology Laboratory). If
you have already completed BIOL 303L you will not be required
to take BIOL 300L.
A significant change in the programs is the increased emphasis
on quantitative skills. The new
BIOL B.A. will now require
completion of either MATH 151 (Calculus & Analytical
Geometry) or MATH 155 (Elementary Calculus I) in addition
to completion of STAT 350. Students switching from the old
B.S. degree will not require any additional MATH courses
since that degree
required both MATH 151 and STAT 350. Students switching from
the old B.A. will have to complete the additional required
course, MATH 151.
The new B.S. will require MATH 151 and STAT 350, as in the
old B.S., but will require completion of one additional MATH,
CMSC course. See the description
of the new
BIOL B.S. for details
on that requirement.
You should note that the new BIOL B.A. no longer
requires completion of a minor. This has been
done to give students the freedom to assemble a set of
classes from outside the BIOL degree that will prepare
them for their post-graduate career choice.
The new major requires a new laboratory course, BIOL 300L.
Because BIOL 300L is a redesign of the BIOL 303L course,
whether you must take this course depends on which laboratories
you have completed in the old major:
||Must take BIOL 300L
|100L, 302L, 303L
We are still working out with the Registrar's
Office the exact mechanism for students to indicate that
they would like to change to the new curriculum. For
now do nothing, but plan your Fall 2010 classes accordingly.
All students will be notified of the mechanism for changing
by the start of the Fall 2010 term.