Department of Biology

Course Program For Environmental Biology Majors Who Will Graduate in 2019 or Later

Program for majors

The Environmental Biology program is described in detail below in the following sections:

AP and IB credit in Biology

The Department of Biology accepts one of the following: the AP Exam in Biology, the AP Exam in Environmental Biology, or the IB Higher-level Biology exam.

Courses in the first year

Normally, the first year includes biology, chemistry, mathematics and general education courses:

Fall term: We recommend 4 courses and our first year seminar:

Spring term: 5 courses is the normal load:

Courses in the upper years

Programs for majors

1. Biology Courses

Required core courses

(32 credits):

Distribution courses (18 credits minimum) Students must take one course from each of Groups A, B and C, and three other courses from Groups A, B or C, or Other Upper-level Electives. 

Students should note that course offerings change frequently, most courses are offered in only a single semester each year, and not all courses are offered every year. Furthermore, courses offered outside of Biology may have limited enrollments for Environmental Biology majors, and some courses may have prerequisites not listed here or require permission of the instructor. Students should talk with their advisors and also look carefully on the departmental website as well as MyAccess to identify course offerings.

Group A: Ecology and Behavior

Group B: Environmental and Earth Sciences

Group C: Populations, Genes and Genomes

Other Upper-level Electives

Total credit requirements: a minimum of 50 

2. Additional Science Courses Required

3. RISE – Research Intensive Senior Experience

RISE is an optional experience for Environmental Biology majors.