In the previous curriculum, almost all courses were strictly
required. The only flexibility in the curriculum came in
the Senior year when students chose among a list of BIOL
4XX electives. The new curriculum was designed to allow much
The only required BIOL courses are the new core:
BIOL 141 (Foundations of Biology: Cells, Energy and Organisms),
BIOL 142 (Foundations of Biology:Ecology and Evolution),
BIOL 302 (Molecular and General Genetics), BIOL 303 (Cell
Biology) and BIOL 300L (Experimental Biology Laboratory).
All students in both the BIOL B.A. and B.S. majors will take
this five-course core series. The BIOL minor requires all
of the courses except for BIOL 303, which can be used as
one of two BIOL electives required for the minor.
The BIOL B.A. includes 9 to
10 credits of electives divided
into three electives: Elective 1 (Junior-level electives),
Elective 2 (Senior-level electives) and a Lab Elective.
Note that unlike the old BIOL B.A. major, the new BIOL B.A.
degree no longer requires a non-BIOL minor!
The BIOL B.S. includes a larger
and more varied list of electives: 1 or 2 Junior-level
electives, 2 or 3 Senior-level electives and two Lab Electives.