Proposed Changes to the Biology BS Curriculum
The biology department is in the process of revisiting the Biology curriculum. We want to offer a more flexible and student-centered curriculum that will represent the exceedingly broad field of study that Biology has become.
The curriculum is expected to be updated in two successive steps. First, we plan to change a few requirements that address the non-biology classes (e.g. chemistry and physics). We expect that these changes will become effective in Fall 2021. Second, we plan to change a few requirements that address the biology classes (e.g. core classes). We expect that these changes will become effective in Fall 2022.
The biology faculty members already approved the non-biol related changes. These changes will affect the Biology BS major and not the Biology BA or the Quantitative Biology majors. The changes are now being reviewed by the University and will become effective in Fall 2021 only if approved.
While the changes will be mainly relevant to the incoming class of Fall 2021, we will allow our current students to “opt forward” and adopt these changes. If and once the changes to the curriculum are approved by the College, we will send information on how to logistically opt forward, in case you are interested.
The two main sets of changes that are under review are: 1) to reduce the number of required Chemistry courses and 2) to provide more flexibility in our quantitative options. The detailed new requirements are shown below.
To learn about the changes and most importantly, to understand how these changes might impact your course planning as a biology major (and maybe a pre-med or pre-graduate student or anyone who plans to go to a professional school), please watch the short presentation led by Dr. Gidi Shemer at the top of this page.
And a presentation led by Mary-Charles Horn- the implications of the new curriculum on pre-health course planning.
For more questions and assistance, please contact Dr. Gidi Shemer, the Biology faculty advisor at email@example.com
We encourage you to work with the faculty advisor, the general college advisors and the pre-health professions advisors (if relevant) to discuss these changes and to adapt your course planning, if interested.
Here are the new updated requirements for Fall 2021. Remember that these are not approved yet!
1. Biology BS majors will be required to complete the following chemistry courses (total of 3 classes):
• Chem 101/L (general chemistry I and lab)
• Chem 102/L (general chemistry II and lab)
• Chem 261 (organic chemistry I)
2. Biology BS majors will be required to complete the following STEM courses (total of 6 classes):
• Math 231 (Calculus I)
• Phys 114 or Phys 118 (physics I)
• Two of the following four options:
2. PHYS115 or PHYS119
3. Programming class (COMP110 or COMP116 or BIOL222)
4. STOR151 or STOR155
• Two allied science courses from an approved list