Major Overview & Placement Exams

Major Overview

Track 1 and Track 2

Students may enter in the Biology major following either Track 1 or Track 2. Track 2 is the more standard two semester introduction to the major. Biology 1101 covers topics in cellular and molecular biology and genetics, and BIOL 1102 covers topics in ecology, evolution, and organismal biology. 

Track 1 is a one semester introduction to the major and is designed for students with a strong foundation in high school Biology and Chemistry. It is generally recommended for students who have earned either a 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam and who have also taken at least one course of high school Chemistry. The BIOL 1121 lecture covers topics similar to those found in BIOL 1101, but in greater detail and at a quicker pace. Majors are advised to complete BIOL 1121 lecture with BIOL 1123 lab. 

Biology Placement Exams

Incoming 1st Year and Transfer students may receive credit for the lecture portion of one introductory course (BIOL 1101, 1102, or 1121) by passing the Departmental placement exam for that course. These exams are offered annually at the start of the Fall semester and are open only to incoming 1st Year and Transfer students. You must contact the Biology Undergraduate Coordinator to be registered for an exam. More information will be posted soon regarding the Fall 2022 Exams.