The Biology concentration invites students to study, in depth and in breadth, the science of life and living matter. Whether pursuing the A.B. or Sc.B. in biology, students can expect to learn broadly in the discipline through a selection of courses in three areas: cell and molecular biology, structure and function, and organismal biology. In addition, students pursuing the Sc.B. complete a thematic track through which they gain an in-depth understanding of a particular subfield (such as, Immunopathology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Physiology/Biotechnology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Physical Sciences; Marine Biology (through 2016). The concentration also emphasizes practical skills and experimental design. Concentrators are required to take at least 3 courses with a laboratory or fieldwork component. Within all of these requirements, students have a high degree of flexibility and choice. Broad research opportunities are also available across several departments within the basic sciences as well.
Students in this concentration will:
- Learn cell and molecular biology, biological structure and function, and organismal biology
- Understand the organization and function of basic biological systems
- Know the core mathematical and chemical principles relevant to biology and genetics
- Attain in-depth understanding of one biological subfield
- Know how to handle and interpret scientific data
- Gain laboratory experience
- Engage in independent research
For information about Biology programs, and instructions for declaring this concentration, please visit the Biology Undergraduate website. Prospective concentrators should contact Katherine_Smith@brown.edu to schedule a concentration planning meeting and to be assigned a concentration advisor.
Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
Students pursuing an Sc.B. in Biology must conduct independent research and enroll in BIOL 1950/1960. Students aspiring to receive Honors in biology must complete a thesis project representing the culmination of two or more semesters of research. An oral presentation is also required. Upon completion of the research, the faculty advisor and a second reader provide an evaluation in which the student’s work must be assessed as satisfactory or better in order for Honors to be awarded. Quality grades (A, B, and/or S with distinction) within the concentration are also required for Honors. Please see the department's website for a complete description of program requirements.
- Cell and Molecular Biology - Sc.B. only
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Sc.B. only
- Immunobiology - Sc.B. only
- Marine Biology
- Neurobiology - Sc.B. only
- Physical Sciences - Sc.B. only
- Physiology/Biotechnology - Sc.B. only
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Expand your reading skills
- Collaborate fully
- Engage with your community
- Develop a facility with symbolic languages
- Experience scientific inquiry
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Biology alumni often enter health careers including medicine, psychology, and public health, as well as careers in academia and in industry.
Dept. Undergraduate Group
- Lucy Xu
- Ugur Basmaci