Whether pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) or Science (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. 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.
The Biology concentration invites students to study, in depth and in breadth, the science of life and living matter.
Prospective concentrators should contact Scott Rathbun to schedule a concentration planning meeting.
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
- 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
Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)
Student Leaders: Karisma Chhabria, Crystal Viramontes Tse, Mark Liang, Gregorio Benitez, Violet Sackett, Ethan Wold
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Biology alumni often enter health careers including medicine, psychology, and public health, as well as careers in academia and in industry.
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