Ask A Major: Biology

B.A. Degree

30 Hours minimum, 9 or more plus courses

-Biol 141 w/ lab

-Biol 142 w/ lab

-Chem 141 w/ lab

-Chem 142 w/ lab

-One from each category:

       A- Cell & Mollecular: Biol 223, 250, or 264

       B- Organismal: Biol 205 w/ lab, 240, 360

       C- Ecology & Evolution: Biol 241, 247, 329 w/ lab

-Four Biology electives (12 hours minimum, 100-level courses and Biol 497R not counted)

 

B.S. Degree

30 Hours minimum, 9 or more plus courses

-Biol 141

-Biol 142

-Chem 141

-Chem 142

-Chem 221 w/ lab or w/ 221 lab or 221Z/226L or 222Z/222L

-Phys 141 or 151 w/ lab

-Math 115 and 116 (see website about AP credit)

-One from each category:

        A- Cell & Mollecular: Biol 223, 250, or 264

        B- Organismal: Biol 205 w/ lab, 240, 360

        C- Ecology & Evolution: Biol 241, 247, 329 w/ lab

-Four Biology electives (12 hours minimum, 100-level courses and Biol 497R do not count)

What was your favorite Biology course?

Cell Bio with Eisen or any class with Beck

Which Bio course was most challenging, in your opinion?

Cell Bio with Eisen is challenging in the way that it forces you to think outside of the box. There is no right answer, which is terrifying but helpful in developing your critical-thinking skills. Also it’s nice that you can just make things up and if what you say is logical, it’s right. I would definitely recommend this class to any freshman.

Would you suggest taking bio and chem in the same semester? 

Go for it — if you’re smart with your time, it’s no problem. I always felt like people underestimated how much work students can accomplish their freshman year if they’re smart about staying on top of everything. If you take them both and get them out of the way, you have more time to focus on things that actually interest you rather than taking a bunch of lame intro courses. 

 

 

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