Chair: Professor R. Lauzon
Faculty Professors: B. Danowski, L. Fleishman, S. Horton, K. LoGiudice, R. Olberg, S. Rice; Associate Professors: Q. Chu-LaGraff, J.Corbin, S. Kirkton, J. Salvo, N. Theodosiou; Assistant Professor: R. Yukilevich; Senior Lecturers: B. Cohen, B. Pytel, P. Willing; Lecturer: J. Bishop; Staff: A. Kelly (Life Sciences Lab Coordinator), K. Sawyer (Life Sciences Specialist), M. Hooker (Technician), J. Klein (Administrative Assistant)
Requirements for the Major: Ten courses in biology, including Biology 110 (102), 112 (101) and 225. Students who have received Advanced Placement credit
for biology will receive credit for Bio 050, which will count as one course toward the major or minor, but fulfills the CC Science with laboratory requirement. The remaining courses must include at least one in each of the following areas:
Sub-cellular (Biology) 335, 352, 354, 355, 363, 368, 378, 380, 384);
Organismal (Biology) 250, 315, 317, 321, 330, 332, 362, 365, 370, 375;
Population or community (Biology) 201, 314, 320, 322, 324, 325, 350.
Of the 10 courses, only one may be an independent study, research or honors course (Biology 490-496 or 497-499). Students must take at least 5
courses numbered 240 or above and students must take three lab courses numbered 300 or higher. Normally required are at least five courses
collectively in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and geology to be chosen in consultation with the advisor. Students usually should
take Chemistry 101 and 102 and Mathematics 110 and 112 (or 113) in their first year. Note that acceptance to graduate and professional schools often
requires at least two mathematics, four chemistry (including organic chemistry), and two physics courses.
Requirements for Interdepartmental Majors: Students wishing to declare an interdepartmental major must submit a proposal to the department
chair outlining their proposed program of study no later than the second term of their junior year. This program, which must be approved by the chair of
the Biology Department, should be written in consultation with advisors from both departments to form a cohesive and integrated major; appropriate
courses in mathematics and physical sciences should be included in the proposal. Students who wish to have their I.D. major listed as Bio/Other are required to take eight biology courses. Those wishing to have their I.D. major listed as Other/Bio are required to take six biology courses. Only one of these may be a research course. Interdepartmental majors are not required to take one subcellular, one organismal and one population course, although
they are strongly encouraged to do so.
Requirements for Honors: Students eligible for departmental honors must fulfill the College-wide criteria and satisfactorily complete a thesis, usually based on the results of original biological research, which receives the approval of the department and appropriate College committee. It is customary, but not required, that research students enroll in three honors research courses, typically during the senior year. Interdepartmental majors
must consult with their advisors in both disciplines during their junior year to receive approval for an interdepartmental thesis. The biology component of an interdepartmental thesis will normally incorporate at least one term of biological research.
Requirements for the Minor: Six courses in biology, including Biology 110 (102) and 112 (101). The courses must be selected from among those designated for
credit toward the biology major. Students are cautioned that many upper-level biology courses require prerequisites (in biology or other science
departments) beyond Biology 110 (102) and 112 (101). Therefore, any student who contemplates a biology minor must register at the Biology Department Office and
be assigned a departmental advisor. Students with majors outside Division III or in psychology may count one biology CC course toward the minor if it is their first course in the minor.
See relevant listings for requirements for a major in biochemistry, environmental sciences & policy, bioengineering, or neuroscience.
Requirements for Secondary School Certification: Educational Studies strongly recommends that no undergraduate student at Union attempt to seek secondary certification as an undergraduate. However, those students who wish to become public secondary school teachers are urged to visit The School of Education at Union Graduate College to learn the requirements for achieving certification during a fifth year. Union students who enter the Union secondary certification program are often eligible for special scholarship consideration during their fifth year.