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The Biology Department offers majors in biology in the liberal arts program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, 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 Areas of Study from which to choose:

  1. General Biology (includes all secondary education majors)

  2. Aquatic/Marine Biology

  3. Biotechnology, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology

  4. Botany

  5. Environmental Biology

  6. Microbiology

  7. Physiology

  8. Pre-Professional (Pre-Medical., Pre-Vetinary, Pre-Dental)

  9. Zoology


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

2.  Physiology
        BIO 239 - Introduction to Physiology
        BIO 339 - Plant Physiology
        BIO 340 - Animal Physiology

3.  Cell/Molecular Biology
        BIO 233 - General Microbiology
        BIO 236 - Cell Biology
        BIO 435 - Developmental Biology
        BIO 436 - Molecular Biology

4.  Biodiversity/Ecology
        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. 

Bachelor of Arts Degree

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.

Bachelor of Science Degree

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.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education

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 (300-400).