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

Biology Major

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Requirements for Concentration:

12 units


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.


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


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


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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