May 28, 2018  
Catalogue 2017-2018 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Major


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Requirements for Concentration:


12 units

Introductory-Level:


BIOL 106  and either BIOL 105 , or AP Biology with 4 or 5 AP test score, or IB higher level 5, 6 or 7 test score. IB students must confirm their IB credit with the Dean of Studies office.

Intermediate-Level:


Four units of graded work. At least one course must be taken from each subject area listed below.

Advanced-Level:


3 units of graded work. One of the three units can be fulfilled by completing CHEM 323 .

Chemistry:


Either CHEM 108  and CHEM 109  or CHEM 125  at the introductory level, and CHEM 244  at the intermediate level.

Intermediate-Level Subject Areas and Courses:


Senior Year Requirements:


two units of graded 300-level biology taken at Vassar College.

Independent Research:


The biology department encourages students to engage in independent research with faculty mentors, and offers ungraded courses BIOL 178 , BIOL 298 , and BIOL 399 . The department also offers BIOL 303 , a graded research experience for senior majors. Students should consult the chair or individual faculty members for guidance in initiating independent research.

Field Work:


The department offers field work in biology. Students should consult the field work office and a biology faculty adviser for details.

Teaching Certification:


Students who wish to obtain secondary school teaching certification in biology should consult both the biology and education departments for appropriate course requirements.

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