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4-Year Plans

The Biology Department has crafted 4-year sample plans as potential pathways for students seeking a Biology major degree.

First-Year Students

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.

General Education Requirements

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.

The Major

All of the following courses are required:

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology
  • BIOL 112 Cells, Genes and Inheritance
  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity
  • BIOL 341 Cell Physiology
  • BIOL 480 Senior Seminar
  • BIOL 488 Senior Capstone Experience
  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I

One of the following courses:

  • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
  • CS 128 Programming and Problem Solving
  • ENSU 151 Environment, Science and Sustainability
  • GEOL 201 Earth and the Environment
  • MATH 120 Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 180 Calculus A
  • MATH 280 Calculus B
  • PHYS 120 General Physics I
  • PHYS 125 Analytical Physics I
  • PSYC 245 Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 250 Brain and Behavior

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.

The Minor

A total of 24 credits in Biology, including at least two of the following courses:

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology
  • BIOL 112 Cells, Genes and Inheritance
  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity

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.

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