The concentration program for the A.B. in Biology consists of four prerequisite courses in math and chemistry (Part A) and ten courses in biological sciences (Part B), including courses in each of the following three areas: Area 1: Cell/Molecular Biology, Area 2: Structure/Function, and Area 3: Organismal Biology. Beyond the area requirement, students may choose up to two, upper-level science courses from an approved selection for science concentrators.
Parts A and B are required:
Students are required to take the following courses. AP scores above four (4) may substitute.
Ten courses, which may be chosen from BIOL and/or NEUR offerings for concentrators, must include:
-Area 1 (Cell/Molecular Biology) BIOL 0280, 0470, 0500, 0510, 0530, 1050, 1100, 1310; NEUR 1020.
-Area 2 (Structure/Function) BIOL 0310, 0320, 0400, 0440, 0800, 1100, 1880; NEUR 0010.
-Area 3 (Organismal Biology) BIOL 0380, 0390, 0400, 0410, 0420, 0430, 0460, 0475, 0480, 1410, 1430, 1800, 1880; ENVS 0455, 0490.
(No substitutions per above Area lists. If a course is listed in more than one area, it may be used to fulfill one of those; the other must be fulfilled by a different course.)
Options within the Core may include up to two related sciences which are approved courses for science concentrators, as follows:
Note: Related sciences must be above prerequisite level, and suitable for science concentrators.
BIOL 1950/1960, (Directed Research) may be included, but is not required. If a lab project, this can count for ONE of the three lab course requirements, and one advanced course.
Honors: Honors in biology requires a thesis and presentation based on a research project (conducted via BIOL 1950/1960), and quality grades in the concentration.. Guidelines, a manual, and information on faculty research are available in the Biology Undergraduate Affairs Office (Arnold, Room 124) or at the Research Projects Collection, found at http://biology.brown.edu/bug/honors.
The concentration program for the Sc.B. in Biology consists of four prerequisite courses in math and chemistry (Part A) and ten courses in biological sciences (Part B), including courses in each of the following three areas: Area 1: Cell/Molecular Biology, Area 2: Structure/Function, and Area 3: Organismal Biology, and Part C, an additional three course advanced cluster. Part B also requires research (BIOL 1950/1960), which should reflect the advanced cluster.
Parts A, B, and C are required:
Mathematics: MATH 0090; 0100; (or 0170); or equivalent placement.
Chemistry: CHEM 0360 and above.
Physics: PHYS 0030; 0040 (or PHYS 0050/0060; or ENGN 0030; 0040).
Same as Part B core for the A.B. program with the exception that program must include research (via BIOL 1950/1960) among the core courses. (If substantial research is carried out away from Brown, it must be approved by an appropriate Brown BioMed faculty member but does not carry course credit toward the Core program.)
Honors: Same requirements as described under A.B. Biology.
1. For double concentrations, no more than two courses may overlap (i.e., be used to meet requirements of both) programs, prerequisites excepted.
2. No more than two semesters of directed research may be used as concentration credits. Each does count as an individual core towards the program, but only carry one lab credit towards the three required.
3. Transfer or study abroad courses may be used within the program, subject to approval of advisor, and Dean Thompson.
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