Our biology program explores the wonders of life beyond what the human eye can see. Students explore the interfaces between biology and other disciplines with a sense of wonder and a thirst for knowledge about the unknown. In so doing, our students not only understand living things but also develop very good reading skills, solid mathematical skills, and superior communications skills, both written and oral.
Our biology majors are prepared for careers in the health sciences, research, education, government, industry, entrepreneurship, zoos and aquariums, pharmaceuticals, environmental science, and many other fields.
Featured CoursesBIOL 113 Biodiversity of Living SystemsWe will use experimental and scientific processes as we investigate how diversity among organisms and behavior is based on: genetics; interactions between living systems; the environment; and evolutionary principles. We will analyze data to determine how these principles support specific behavior of living organisms and contribute to novel scientific knowledge.
Prerequisite: MATH 102.
Corequisite: MATH 123. BIOL 114 Cell BiologyThis course will provide an understanding of concepts in cellular biology, such as: the basic chemistry of life and the cell, the basic functional unit of all living things, with an emphasis on the relationship between structure and function. Students will be introduced to concepts such as cellular reproduction and Mendelian genetics. Students will also apply the methods and techniques of scientific inquiry, through lab experiences.
Prerequisite: MATH 102.
Corequisite: MATH 123. BIOL 223 Genomics & EvolutionThis course addresses the principles of molecular biology, heredity, population genetics, and modern data mining from bioinformatics to next generation sequencing technologies. The biochemical principles behind the origin of life and evolution will also be discussed.
Prerequisites: BIOL 113 or BIOL 114. BIOL 334 Comparative Anatomy and PhysiologyThis course focuses on the anatomy and physiology of representative vertebrate forms by examining anatomical structure and function and the integration of those structures in the individual organism. This course requires two days of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory each week during which the primary content will consist of details of each vertebrate organ system, with emphasis on the structure and function of organs and organ systems along with the range of evolutionary and structural modifications seen in different classes of vertebrates.
Prerequisites: BIOL 223 or BIOL 224. BIOL 444 Molecular Biochemistry of the CellThis course explores the molecular basis of advanced cellular processes, with special emphasis on the structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids and the interplay between these important classes of macromolecules. Topics are introduced using the current scientific literature in areas including cancer, drug discovery and biochemical/genetic disorders.
Prerequisites: BIOL 223, BIOL 224, CHEM 112 and CHEM 221.
- Research Biologist
- Marine Biologist
- Forensic Scientist
Our location in D.C. provides students with opportunities for enriched learning, such as through lectures given by the world’s leading scientists, field trips to outstanding museums (like the Smithsonian Museums) and research experiences in some of the leading research laboratories in the world.