Biology Major

Introductory-Level:

BIOL 106 and either BIOL 105, or AP Biology with 4 or 5 AP test score, or IB higher level 5, 6 or 7 test score. IB students must confirm their IB credit with the Dean of Studies office.

Intermediate-Level:

Four units of graded work. At least one course must be taken from each subject area listed below.

Advanced-Level:

3 units of graded work. One of the three units can be fulfilled by completing CHEM 323.

Chemistry:

Either CHEM 108 and CHEM 109 or CHEM 125 at the introductory level, and CHEM 244 at the intermediate level.

Intermediate-Level Subject Areas and Courses:

Genetics (students may only take one course from this area)

BIOL 238 - Molecular Genetics
BIOL 244 - Genetics and Genomics
BIOL 248 - Evolutionary Genetics

Natural History, Ecology, and Diversity

BIOL 205 - Introduction to Microbiology
BIOL 208 - Plant Diversity and Evolution
BIOL 226 - Animal Structure and Diversity
BIOL 241 - Ecology

Physiological and Cellular Biology

BIOL 202 - Plant Physiology and Development
BIOL 218 - Cellular Structure and Function
BIOL 228 - Animal Physiology
BIOL 232 - Developmental Biology
BIOL 272 - Biochemistry

Senior Year Requirements:

two units of graded 300-level biology taken at Vassar College.

Independent Research:

The biology department encourages students to engage in independent research with faculty mentors, and offers ungraded courses BIOL 178, BIOL 298, and BIOL 399. The department also offers BIOL 303, a graded research experience for senior majors. Students should consult the chair or individual faculty members for guidance in initiating independent research.

Field Work:

The department offers field work in biology. Students should consult the field work office and a biology faculty adviser for details.

Teaching Certification:

Students who wish to obtain secondary school teaching certification in biology should consult both the biology and education departments for appropriate course requirements.