Biological Sciences Courses
Biology courses that fulfill the Scientific Inquiry Domain requirements, other than the General Biology sequence, do not generate credit toward the major.
First-year chemistry courses should be taken simultaneously with BIO 191, BIO 192, and BIO 193.
Students may take any comparable sequences of Physics courses designed for science majors.
Choose one of the following Calculus sequences
- Sequence One
- Sequence Two
- Sequence Three
- Sequence Four
Students may be advised on the basis of their performance on the Mathematics Diagnostic test to take one or more courses before calculus.
Students must also complete the requirements from one of the following two concentrations: Clinical Laboratory Sciences or Nuclear Medicine Technology or Radiation Therapy. Students are limited to only declaring one concentration.
Since programs in the Biological Sciences tend to be structured, it is useful for students to take courses in sequence. Students should begin with the General Biology and Chemistry sequences. These are prerequisite to Cell Biology, Genetics, and Organic Chemistry, which should preferably be taken in the sophomore year. Since calculus is required, students should also begin their study of mathematics as soon as possible, preferably prior to their junior year, so that they can be adequately prepared for the General Physics sequence, best taken in the junior year. Because of this highly structured sequence, students are strongly encouraged to work with their Program Director in order to plan their course schedules and plan alternatives if necessary. Such planning is particularly important for transfer students, as the sequence presented above is highly recommended and most likely to be completed in a timely fashion.
The predominance of chemistry and biology sequences in the freshman and sophomore years generally dictates that, with the exception of the Liberal Studies Core courses, the majority of the Liberal Studies courses may be postponed until the junior and senior years. Students therefore tend to take fewer Liberal Studies courses in the first two years, concentrating instead on major field requirements, which are prerequisites to upper division courses. For the Clinical Lab Sciences (CLS) concentration, students will complete their post-graduate (fifth year) internship at an associated hospital. For the Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) and Radiation Therapy (RT) concentrations, students apply to take the internship during their fourth year. Entry into the fifth year (CLS) and fourth year (NMT and RT) program is on a competitive basis.