MAJORS IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
The Biology Department offers majors in biology in the liberal arts program leading to the Bachelor of Artsdegree, the Bachelor of Sciencedegree, and to the Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. The Department also offers a Minor in Biology.
Declaring a Major in Biology
Courses in these programs should be selected with the assistance and approval of a
Departmental Advisor. Students are assigned a Faculty Advisor by contacting the Dept. Secretary, Mrs.
Marcia Schultz, in Jennings 231, to obtain Advisor Assignment Form, and a Declaration of Major form. Students will then choose an Academic Concentration in Biology. Declaration of Major forms will be signed by the department chair and must be submitted to the registrar's
office in the Wintergreen building.
The Department has nine Academic Concentrations from which to choose:
- General Biology (includes all secondary education majors)
- Aquatic/Marine Biology
- Biotechnology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
- Environmental Biology
- Pre-Professional (Pre-Medical., Pre-Vetinary, Pre-Dental)
Degree & Course requirements
* Bear in mind that course offerings change, so be sure to check the Banner system
for the most up-to-date information.
Biology majors are required to take CHE 120-121 and
enrollment is recommended in the freshman year. Additional
requirements are listed below.
All majors must take a minimum of 34 credits (10 courses).
The following 12 credits (3 courses) must be taken:
BIO 102 - Zoology
BIO 103 - Botany
BIO 220 - Genetics
One course must be selected from each of the following four content areas, 16 credits (4 courses):
1. Anatomy/Comparative Biology
BIO 230 - Morphology of Vascular Plants
BIO 231 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 232 - Morphology of Non-Vascular Plants
BIO 350 - Anatomy of Vascular Plants
BIO 239 - Introduction to Physiology
BIO 339 - Plant Physiology
BIO 340 - Animal Physiology
3. Cell/Molecular Biology
BIO 233 - General Microbiology
BIO396- Synthetic Biology: Engineering Life (or may be used to fulfill LEP Tier3 req.)
BIO 435 - Developmental Biology
BIO 436 - Cell Biology
BIO 228 - Vertebrate Zoology
BIO 229 - Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 400 - Ecology
BIO 429 - Aquatic Biology
BIO 430 - Marine Biology
The remaining 8 credits (3 courses) may be chosen from
any of the courses offered by the Biology Department.
Candidates for this degree must satisfactorily complete
the following cognate requirements: one year of general
chemistry (CHE 120-121 or equivalent); one semester of earth
science (ESC 200 or above); one semester of mathematics
(MAT 108 or above).
For students contemplating graduate professional study,
the following courses are highly recommended: one year of
organic chemistry (CHE 260-262); one year of physics (PHY
[200-201], or 210, or [230-231]); one year of calculus (MAT
150-151). This degree also requires completion of the fourth
semester of a foreign language.
Candidates for this degree must satisfactorily complete the
following cognate requirements: one year of general chemistry
(CHE 120-121); one semester of earth science (ESC 200 or
above); one semester of mathematics (MAT 108, or above);
and PHY [200-201], or 210, or [230-231].
For students contemplating graduate professional study, the
following courses are highly recommended: one year organic
chemistry (CHE 260-262); one year of calculus (MAT 150-
151); and at least one semester of computer science.
Secondary education majors are required to complete in
addition to the courses required for the biology major, one
year of general chemistry (CHE 120-121); one semester of
earth science (ESC 120, 140, 200, or 320 are recommended);
one semester of mathematics (MAT 108, 139, or above), and
PHY [200-201], or 210, or [230-231]. A course in computer
science is recommended. The specific professional requirements
for Initial Teaching Certification in Connecticut are
listed under the heading major programs in secondary
education section of the School of Education.
Students seeking a minor in biology must complete a
minimum of 20 credits in biology including: BIO 102,
103, 320, and two additional courses at the advanced level