Department Seminars

Each Friday during the academic year the department offers a Friday afternoon seminar featuring special speakers and visiting scholars. Seminars are held at 3:00 p.m. in Corcoran Hall.

Undergraduate Degree Programs & Syllabi

BA Degree

Additional requirements for the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in biology include:

  • Twenty-four credit hours of 100-level courses.
  • It is strongly recommended that BA majors include:
    • one year of physics (PHYS 1-2, 5/1005-6)
    • one course in mathematics or statistics

*Note: The courses formally known as BISC 3 and 4 are now BISC 6/1006 and 5/1005 respectively.


BS Degree

Additional requirements for the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in biology include:

  • Thirty credit hours of 100-level courses
  • one year of physics (PHYS 1-2, 5/1005-6)
  • one course in mathematics or statistics

*Note: The courses formally known as BISC 3 and 4 are now BISC 6/1006 and 5/1005 respectively.


BS/MS Program

The Biology department offers the potential for a fifth year Masters degree as part of a BS/MS program, which requires the student complete 6 graduate credits in addition to their undergraduate degree requirements. Contact the Biology graduate advisor (Dr. Guillermo Orti) during the student's Junior year to apply

 


Minor in Biology

Students majoring in other departments may elect a minor in biology. This requires twelve credit hours of 100-level courses in the department, not including research or independent study courses.


Syllabi

BISC 1005
BISC 1006
BISC 1111
BISC 1112
BISC 2202
BISC 2322
BISC 2333
BISC 2337
BISC 2454
BISC 2580 (formerly BISC 180)
BISC 3162
BISC 3212
BISC 3460
BISC 3461
BISC 6274

Mapping Evolutionary Relationships

Three Biology professors are actively involved in Tree of Life research: James Clark (above), who studies dinosaurs; Guillermo Orti, who works with fish; and Gustavo Hormiga, who studies spiders. All three hold endowed professorships funded through the philanthropy of the late Robert L. Weintraub, PhD ’38, a GW faculty member and alumnus whose foresight and generosity has significantly advanced the study of evolutionary biology.

An Evolutionary Discovery

Approximately 85 million years ago, a family of bird-like dinosaurs with large claws and short, powerful forearms named Alvarezsauroidea roamed the earth. But after a decade of research, a discovery by GW researchers has revealed previously unknown stages in the dinosaurs’ evolutionary development — and extended their fossil record back another 63 million years.