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Academic Catalog '12-'13 | Biology

Biology

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Dr. Cynthia DeBoy, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology (program chair)
Dr. Richard Holland, Assistant Professor of Biology
Ms. Tatyana Kliorina, Instructor of Biology
Dr. Karobi Moitra, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Dr. Patrice Moss, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Dr. Saundra Oyewole, Professor of Biology
Dr. Mia Ray, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology

Description

The Biology Program offers a major and a minor to students in the College of Arts and Sciences; several courses are offered for non-majors. In conjunction with various other programs, the Biology Program also supports an interdisciplinary major in biochemistry. Biology majors and minors pursue a diversified program that fulfills a breadth of interests and ultimately prepares them to pursue careers in many areas of the biological sciences, including education, research, and medicine. For those in related majors, the goal of the program is to focus particularly on the interfaces between biology and their major disciplines. Non-majors who take biology courses receive an exposure to biology to its fundamental concepts, latest discoveries, and modes of inquiry in ways that are relevant to their personal and professional lives and consistent with the objectives of the general education curriculum. Extraordinary developments in modern biology offer much to engage students at all levels.

Trinity offers students who study biology the advantages of close faculty-student relationships while providing access to the country's primary resource collections, major research facilities, and outstanding internship opportunities at nationally recognized facilities.

Major Requirements

Required Courses (30 credits)

ALL of the following courses:

BIOL 111 General Biology I
BIOL 112 General Biology II
BIOL 231 Vertebrate Development and Anatomy
BIOL 241 Introductory Genetics
BIOL 431 General Physiology
BIOL 441 General Microbiology
BIOL 451 Evolution

ONE course chosen from between:

BIOL 331 Histology and Cytology
BIOL 341 Cell and Molecular Biology

ONE senior seminar:

NSCM 499 Divisional Seminar

Electives (6-8 credits)

TWO of the following courses:

BIOL 221 Plant Diversity
BIOL 223 Flowering Plants
BIOL 235 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 351 Ecology
CHEM 431 Molecular Biochemistry I
PSYC 241 Physiological Psychology

Students may NOT take both BIOL 221 and BIOL 223 to fulfill the elective requirement.

Requirements in Related Fields (30 credits)

ALL of the following courses:

CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
MATH 125 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
PHYS 111 General Physics I
PHYS 112 General Physics II

Recommended Courses

MATH 225 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

Additional courses in computer science and statistics are also recommended.

Minor Requirements

Required Courses (18 credits)

ALL of the following courses:

BIOL 111 General Biology I
BIOL 112 General Biology II
BIOL 231 Vertebrate Development and Anatomy

SIX additional credits of biology

Program Policies

Advanced Placement: Credit will be granted for the score of 4 or 5 on the AP examination. A score of 4 or 5 will be accepted in lieu of BIOL 111.

CLEP Policy: A satisfactory score on the CLEP examination in general biology will be accepted in lieu of BIOL 111.

Grades in Major Courses: Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all courses counted to fulfill the requirements for the major.

Pass/No Pass: Courses fulfilling the major requirement may not be taken pass/no pass.

Senior Assessment: The senior assessment in biology consists of a written exam drawn from a set of comprehensive study questions and a one-hour oral exam.

TELL Policy: TELL credits do not count towards the major in biology.

Transfer Credits: Transfer credit will be awarded after appropriate program review and approval.

Course Descriptions

BIOL 220 Introductory Forensic Science
BIOL 498 Independent Study
BIOL 431 General Physiology
BIOL 441 General Microbiology
BIOL 451 Evolution
BIOL 491 Internship
BIOL 497 Directed Research
BIOL 223 Flowering Plants
BIOL 231 Vertebrate Development and Anatomy
BIOL 235 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 241 Introductory Genetics
BIOL 242 Human Genetics
BIOL 331 Histology and Cytology
BIOL 341 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 343 Immunology
BIOL 351 Ecology
BIOL 221 Plant Diversity
BIOL 219 Biology of Women
BIOL 130 Microbiology for the Health Professions
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 103 Critical Thinking about Disease
BIOL 111 General Biology I
BIOL 112 General Biology II
BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology


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