Biology Major

Tiffany Yang (Left) and Aneta Strumilowska (Right) in Professor Brinsmade's Microbiology class (Biol-364) found purple, non-sulfur photosynthetic bacteria during an enrichment experiment. These bacteria can be used as model systems to understand more fully the biology underpinning  photosynthesis and how to improve harvesting renewable energy from the sun.

The Major in Biology is designed to educate students in both the breadth of subject matter encompassed by the biological sciences and the rapidly advancing knowledge at the forefront of this discipline. The Biology Major provides a comprehensive perspective on all aspects of our biological world, including ecology, evolutionary systems, behavioral Biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular and cellular biology, immunology, developmental biology and neurobiology.

All students begin their program as Biology majors.

  • See program description for detailed information on program requirements and electives.
  • Biology majors may remain intentionally broad or may select a concentration in an area of biology, either in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology or in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.
  • Alternatively, students may declare in their sophmore year as one of the other majors offered from the Department: Biology of Global Health, Environmental Biology, or Neurobiology.

Career Paths

The Biology Major is a strong platform from which to embark on a multitude of paths including graduate and medical school, as well as careers well-served by having a foundational understanding of biological systems, such as in education, science policy, scientific writing, healthcare, law, and drug development.


RISE (Research Intensive Senior Experience) and Tutorial Research

The inclusion of a RISE project allows the student to have the experience of basic or medical research, ecological or computational research, teaching and researching pedagogy, or research in conjunction with an internship. Students can start research in the junior year and apply tutorial research for course credit.