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Majors

Biology. This major program develops an appreciation of the levels of organization of life, its diversity, and the processes by which life has achieved its present forms. The program is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, or to prepare for graduate study in biology or the health professions. Learn more on the Program in Biology/ Majors & Minors web page.

General Biology has many of the same aims as Biology, but it is not recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate work in biology. It is an appropriate preprofessional major. It differs from Biology in that it requires fewer credits, less laboratory work, and has more breadth, particularly in the form of a non-science cognate course.

See the Program in Biology website Majors & Minors page for requirements.

Cellular and Molecular Biology. This curriculum offers students an integrated program of study and training in the biological and physical sciences. It is a pathway to graduate study in areas of biology and medicine that emphasize a quantitative and analytical approach to the life sciences.

Requirements for the major are detailed on the Program in Biology website on the Majors & Minors page.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The EEB major provides a comprehensive foundation in the biological sciences, with an emphasis on undergraduate research experience. It provides an integrated perspective on the origins and complex interactions of the earth's biodiversity and ecosystems. It focuses on numerous levels of biological organization over multiple time scales, including studies of genes and genomes, individual organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems. The major is a foundation for graduate studies, natural resource management, teaching at the K-12 level, government and non-profit positions, as well as private sector opportunities. See:  the Program in Biology website on the Majors & Minors page.

Neuroscience. How brains process information and generate behavior is a challenging area in the life sciences. The neuroscience major, sponsored by MCDB and Psychology, provides training that integrates studies in cell and molecular biology, physiology and behavior. An undergraduate degree in neuroscience provides the background for a career in brain research, and also serves as excellent training for students interested in medicine or other health professions. Learn more on the Undergraduate in Neuroscience Program website.

Microbiology includes the study of viruses, algae, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. Immunobiology is also included within the science of microbiology. A microbiology major prepares students for graduate study in microbiology, biochemistry, agricultural science, and food science as well as for study in other areas of biology which emphasize cellular structures and their function. A bachelor's degree in microbiology may qualify students for entry-level positions in medical, industrial, or governmental laboratories. Most graduate school-bound students will have 1-2 graded research courses. Learn more on the Program in Biology Majors & Minors page.

Plant Biology. This major provides training in those areas of science that are essential to an understanding of modern plant sciences. Like the biology major, this major deals with all levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary), but differs from the Biology major by its greater emphasis on the biology of plants. This program is well suited for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, or to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in basic and applied areas of the plant sciences and related fields, such as ecology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry. See the requirements for this major on the Program in Biology Majors & Minors web page.