Biology is no longer one discipline. Nor is it divided between plants and animals as it was a century ago. The main divisions are now between the approaches taken to study life as well as the scope of the endeavor: everything from the interactions of photons and pigments in the organelles of microbes, to unraveling how genes play out in immune system function, to the international loss of species diversity, to the impending massive changes climate will unleash upon the biota of the planet. This major can be personally designed to meet your needs depending on your interests.
Graduates of the program have gone on to positions at Jackson Laboratories, Northeast Audubon Center, UConn Medical Center, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Miles Inc., Clean Harbors Inc., and Yale University. Graduate study is required for positions in most health fields, business, research, and environmental studies. Many prestigious graduate programs, including Brown University, University of Colorado, Wesleyan University, Dartmouth, Yale, Brandeis, Northeastern, and the University of Connecticut have admitted our biology graduates for advanced studies.
The student will:
Develop a comprehensive strategy to investigate and research current topics in Biology
Communicate scientific information effectively through writing and presentation skills
Critique, develop and solve scientific problems using quantitative reasoning and integration of biological concepts
Reinforce underlying biological themes in evolution, scale systems and structure/function relationships
Continuation requirements and repeat policy
All 100 and 200 level major courses need to be passed with a C or better before taking the capstone or BIOL 499.
Majors in biology are expected to earn a minimum grade of C or better in each biology course and a C- or better in each required supporting course with labs.
If a student earns less than a C in any one of these major courses or earns less than a C- in a supporting course, up to three of those courses may be repeated once. Repeating a course needs to take place at the next offering or at the latest in the next academic year the student is enrolled.
Courses being transferred to satisfy major requirements will also need to follow the policy. If the proposed transfer course for the major is less than a C that course will need to be repeated to earn a qualifying grade.
(30 credits of Biology courses). Due to the variability of course credits, a student may need more than 30 credits to satisfy all requirements.