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Requirements for Major in Biology Leading to the B.S. Degree

A total of fifty-three to fifty-seven (53-57) credits as follows:

  1. BIOL 130-131L (Biology I with laboratory) and BIOL 140-141L (Biology II with laboratory).

  2. Six upper-level courses; at least four of which must have an associated lab experience. Normally four of the six courses used to satisfy these requirements must be taken within the Biology Department at Rhodes. Four credits of BIOL 451 or 452 (Research in Biology) can satisfy one upper-level course with lab requirement. Courses taught outside the department that can satisfy upper level course requirements for the Biology major, subject to the limit indicated above, include certain courses approved by the Department Chair for transfer credit and the following:
    CHEM 414 (Biochemistry); CHEM 414 with BMB 310 (Methods in Biochemistry and Cell Biology) may satisfy a course with lab requirement
    CHEM 416 (Mechanisms of Drug Action)
    ENVS 260 (Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis; available only through the Semester in Environmental Science Program)
    ENVS 270 (Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis; available only through the Semester in Environmental Science Program). 
    NEUR 270 (Neuroscience).

  3. CHEM 120-125L (Foundations of Chemistry with laboratory) and CHEM 211 (Organic Chemistry I).

  4. One statistics course from the following list:
    ECON 290 (Statistical Analysis for Economics and Business)
    MATH 111 (Introduction to Applied Statistics)
    MATH 211 (Introduction to Statistical Methods and Applications)
    PSYC 211 (Statistical Methods).

  5. One computational course from the following list:
    COMP 141 (Computer Science I: Programming Fundamentals) or above
    INTD 225 (Geographic Information Systems [GIS])
    MATH 115 (Applied Calculus)
    MATH 122 (Integral Calculus)
    MATH 214 (Discrete Mathematical Modeling with Biological Applications).

  6. BIOL 485 or 486 (Senior Seminar).

Students, in consultation with their advisers, should select a diversity of upper level courses, thereby gaining experience in different areas of biology. Satisfying the prerequisites for courses is the student’s responsibility; however, in special circumstances, students with advance permission of the instructor may enroll in a course without meeting prerequisites.
Courses and accompanying laboratories of the same name are linked co-requisites and must be taken together unless approved by petition to the department. Unless otherwise noted, courses meet under the standard class schedule and laboratories meet for a three-hour period; laboratories also often require further project work outside the scheduled lab time.
Students seeking a double major must have at least four upper-level courses for the Biology major that are not used to satisfy requirements for the other major.