The Department of Biological Sciences provides courses for biology majors, minors, and non-majors from all areas. The department currently has more than 600 majors in its undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science and offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts or Master of Science.
All majors take a year of introductory biology, a genetics course and a biostatistics course. The department offers six concentrations that allow students to focus on the areas and specialties that most interest them. Each concentration includes a set of core courses, followed by a choice of upper-level electives such as comparative anatomy, aquatic ecology, animal behavior, cancer biology, embryology, immunology, neurobiology, microbiology, pharmacology, plant biology, reproductive physiology, and toxicology.
Allied field courses for all concentrations include a year of general chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, a year of physics, and a year of calculus. Each concentration provides the prerequisites for application to post-baccalaureate professional schools, such as medical schools or PhD programs.
Note for Prospective Students: Incoming freshmen are strongly encouraged to complete the General Chemistry I (CHE 130) and General Biology I (Bio 191) classes in their first quarter. These two classes meet MWF 9:30 am to 1 PM; when selecting a section of the Chicago Quarter class (LSP 110/111) to enroll in, you should avoid overlapping those time periods.