The Biology Department has crafted 4-year sample plans as potential pathways for students seeking a Biology major degree.
Students interested in majoring in Biology should speak with a Biology faculty member early in their undergraduate career. Faculty will help lay out a four-year plan that includes required courses, elective courses, opportunities for off-campus study, and possible internships. Early consultation is important to sequencing of several courses so that off-campus study remains an option. In general, students should take BIOL 111 and CHEM 111 in their first semester, CHEM 221 and BIOL 112 in their second semester, and BIOL 341 in the fall of their sophomore year. A summer research experience is highly recommended, and faculty work with students to identify appropriate opportunities.
The Department offers one course that meets the Quantitative Reasoning component of the Analytical Reasoning Requirement, BIOL 111. These courses give students tools for lifelong learning and for informed decision-making on important biologically-related issues such as the environment, medicine and genetics. The Department also offers Earlham Seminars.
All of the following courses are required:
One of the following courses:
Majors should complete at least 16 additional credits in upper-level Biology courses, of which at least 13 must be from courses numbered from 342 to 471.
A total of 24 credits in Biology, including at least two of the following courses:
Twenty-one (21) credits must be in courses numbered below BIOL 472. Four credits for the minor may be from CHEM 111 or CHEM 221.
Note: CHEM 221 is included as an option for the minor for those students who test out of CHEM 111 but still want to take more Chemistry.