General Biology Concentration

Brinda Temburni in the Powell Lab examines ants up close. 

The purpose of this concentration is to prepare students for careers in health sciences, biotechnology, and advanced study in biology. Our aim is to expose students to the range of concepts, approaches, and techniques used by modern biologists. This concentration is designed to prepare students for the GRE, MCAT, DAT, and other pre-health entrance examinations. Students wishing to prepare for medical school should also take a second course in Physics, PHYS 1012, 1022 or 1026.

Additional Chemistry Requirements:

  • CHEM 2151 + 2153 Organic Chemistry I (3) + Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
  • CHEM 2152 + 2154 Organic Chemistry II (3) + Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
  • CHEM 3165 Biochemistry I (3)
  • OR BISC 3261 Introductory Medical Biochemistry (3)

Laboratory Requirements: (minimum 3 credits) Students on this concentration must enroll in at least 3 BISC courses numbered 2000 or higher that have a laboratory component, either built into the course or as a separate course number. Lab courses are indicated by an asterisk (*) next to the course. Students who complete 3 credits of BISC 4171/4171W, Undergraduate Research, can count this experience towards one of their laboratory requirements.

Students must also choose at least one 3 credit course from each of the four categories of courses listed below: Systems Electives, Organisms Electives, Evolution-Ecology and Environment Electives, Quantitative Electives Minimum no. of science credits required, 52 (Core 20, Chem 8, Physics 4, Bio Labs 5, Bio Categories 15)

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