About the Major

Traditional Course Plan

Freshman Year        
         
Fall           Spring  
  Cr.     Cr.
General Biology 115 4   General Biology 116 4
General Chemistry 161 4   General Chemistry 162 4
Expository Writing (SAS core) 3   Intro to Experimentation 171 1
Calculus I 4   Basic Stat 401 (or Calc II) 3 (or 4)
FIGs or Byrnes  1   School Core, Minor, or Unspecified Elective courses Varies 
         
Sophomore Year        
Fall                        Spring  
Organic Chemistry I 307 4   Organic Chemistry II 308  4
Biological Research Lab 117 2   Organic Chem Lab 311 2
Physics I with lab 4   Physics II with lab 4
School Core, Minor, or Unspecified Elective courses Varies    School Core, Minor, or Unspecified Elective courses Varies 
         
Junior Year        
Fall     Spring  
Genetics 380 4   Life Science elective with lab 4
Life Science elective  3   Life Science elective  3
School Core, Minor, or Unspecified Elective courses Varies    School Core, Minor, or Unspecified Elective courses Varies 
         
         
Senior Year        
Fall     Spring  
Life science elective with lab 4   Life Science elective with lab 4
Life Science elective 3   Life Science elective 3
School Core, Minor, or Unspecified Elective courses Varies    School Core, Minor, or Unspecified Elective courses Varies 
         

* Students may choose to move Physics series to junior year and complete Genetics and a life science elective in their place during sophomore year.

* Biology majors can fulfill the following SAS core requirements with courses towards the Bio major requirements major: NS, QQ, QR, ITR, leaving 9 core requirements (of which more than 1 core requirement may be fulfilled by a single course).