Biology: Mechanisms of Disease, BA
Among the most important and interesting areas of scientific investigation are the mechanisms that underlie disease. The study of this topic can be of great interest to those pursuing fundamental research, as well as to those drawn to medicine, biotechnology, law, and public health. The introductory and intermediate level course offerings of the Biology Department provide a foundation in understanding the fundamental principles underlying the mechanisms of disease. Advanced electives are selected from the fields of Microbes and Infectious Disease, Genetic Disease, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, and Biochemistry.
The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.
With permission from the Undergraduate Chair, two course units away or LPS courses may count toward the Biology major. This limit does not apply to Study Abroad.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives|
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives||18|
|BIOL 121||Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life||1|
|BIOL 123||Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory||0.5|
|Select 4 course units of Chemistry||4|
|Select 1 course unit of Calculus||1|
|Select 1 course unit of Statistics||1|
|BIOL 205||Cell Biology||1|
|BIOL 221||Molecular Biology and Genetics||1|
|Additional BIOL Elective (1 to 1.5 course units)||1.5|
|Select 1 course unit of Microbes & Infectious Disease||1|
|Select 2 course units of Genetic Disease||2|
|Select 1 course unit of Molecular Genetics and Genomics||1|
|Select 1 course unit of additional electives||1|
|BIOL 399||Independent Study||1|
|Total Course Units||36|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
Students are required to present their research at the annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Biology (SURB) poster session, held at the end of the Spring Term.
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and the thesis must be approved by the departmental honors committee.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.