Biology Major with an Added Emphasis

Increasingly, biological scientists address questions by working in groups that are interdisciplinary in nature. Thus, interdisciplinary fields of study have emerged that cannot be adequately covered within a single department. The Department has provided students the opportunity to major in Biology with an added emphasis in three interdisciplinary fields: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, and International Issues. In all three cases, students must successfully complete the all the requirements for a Biology major, including the supporting coures. The additional courses requirements for the three respective added emphases are described via the links below.

Added Emphasis in Biochemistry

Students with a strong interest in pursuing more in-depth study of biochemistry and molecular biology may want to consider this track. This emphasis would be an option for students interested in medical school and/or graduate study in virtually any biomedical field.

Required Courses: Biology 351 Biochemistry I and Biology 352 Biochemistry II

Plus at least two courses from the following: Biology 355 Virology, Biology 356 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Biology 357 Immunology, Biology 358 Microbiology, Biology 368 Plant Physiology, Biology 369 Developmental Biology, Biology 472 Research in Molecular Biology, Biology 473 Research in Immunology, Biology 474 Research in Biochemistry, Chemistry 312 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy, Chemistry 361 Advanced Organic Chemistry, Topics courses related to Biochemistry or Molecular Biology (approval of the Chair required),

Required supporting courses: Chemistry 212, Organic Chemistry II, Chemistry 311 Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Physics 227 Principles of Physics II

Added Emphasis in Neurobiology

Students with a strong interest in pursuing more in-depth study of the biological basis of behavior and/or the nervous system may want to consider a major in Biology with added emphasis in neurobiology. This emphasis would be an option for students interested in medical school and/or graduate study in a field of neuroscience or biomedicine.

Required Courses: (two of the following three) Biology 360 Neuroanatomy, Biology 356 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Biology 486 Seminar in Neuropharmacology or equivalent advanced seminar.

Three additional approved upper level Biology courses such as: Biology 351 Biochemistry I, Biology 352 Biochemistry II, Biology 353 Advanced Genetics,
Biology 357 Immunology, Biology 369 Developmental Biology, Biology 367 Human Physiology.

Required supporting course: Chemistry 212 Organic Chemistry II

Two additional supporting courses from the following list: Computer Science (Cognitive and Neuroscience Studies) 484 Introduction of Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics (Psychology) 378 Psychology of Language, Philosophy (Cognitive and Neuroscience Studies) 362 Philosophy of Mind, Psychology 240 Principles of Learning and Behavior, Psychology 242 Cognitive Psychology, Psychology (Cognitive and Neuroscience Studies) 248 Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology (Cognitive and Neuroscience Studies) 249 Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology 250 Developmental Psychology, Psychology 252 Distress, Dysfunction and Disorder

Also recommended: Physics 221 Introductory Physics I or Physics 226 Principles of Physics I, Physics 222 Introductory Physics II or Physics 227 Principles of Physics II, Chemistry 311 Physical Chemistry I