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 103 Critical Thinking about DiseaseThis course offers the opportunity to confront both old and new ideas and issues about disease and health in a variety of formats to analyze their meaning and impact on a student's life. The course will provide interdisciplinary introduction to college level critical thinking, discussion, analysis, and writing in a seminar format. Specifically, major epidemics and the way they have shaped history and public policy will be explored.
3 credits BIOL 219 Biology of WomenThe purpose of this course is to further develop the students' critical reading and thinking skills while simultaneously developing an understanding of the fundamental biology of women and gaining an understanding of the scientific approach to problem solving. This course analyzes the biological literature on topics related to the biology of women and includes some discussion of related social and political issues. The text will be used as a resource for understanding basic biological principles, but the focus of the course will be on the discussion of the current research being done to help us better understand our biology. Comparing myths about women's biology and health with scientific evidence should lead to very interesting discussions.
FLC Seminar II
General Education Requirement: Capstone Seminar BIOL 231 Vertebrate Development and AnatomyExamines the embryology and anatomy of representative vertebrate forms. The course requires two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. There is an additional laboratory fee for this course. Formerly BIO 211 Vertebrate Development & Anatomy.
Prerequisites: "C" or higher in BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 BIOL 241 Introductory GeneticsInvestigates the principles of heredity, including Mendelian genetics, population genetics, and the genetics of microorganisms. The course consists of two hours of lecture, one hour discussion of journal readings, and three hours of laboratory per week. There is an additional laboratory fee for this course. Formerly BIO 222 Introductory Genetics.
Prerequisite: "C" or higher in BIOL 112 BIOL 341 Cell and Molecular BiologyFocuses on the eukaryotic cell at the cell and molecular levels with emphasis on the principles by which cells function in isolation and in multi-cellular communities. The course consists of three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. There is an additional laboratory fee for this course. Formerly BIO 325 Cell and Molecular Biology.
Prerequisites: "C" or higher in BIOL 241 or permission of instructor BIOL 351 EcologyThis course is an introduction to the major subdisciplines in ecology: behavioral, population, community and ecosystems ecology. Topics studied will include mating systems and life history strategies; population growth; competition and coexistence; predation, herbivory and parasitism; composition and structure of natural communities; global patterns of biodiversity; and biological succession. Students will learn how to collect ecological data in the field and in the laboratory, and to use statistics to analyze their results. Formerly BIO 318 Ecology.
Prerequisites: BIOL 111 and BIOL 112; MATH 110 is recommended BIOL 441 General MicrobiologyIntroduces the biology of microorganisms and their importance to humans, with special emphasis on bacteria and viruses. The course consists of three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. There is an additional laboratory fee for this course. Formerly BIO 449 General Microbiology.
Prerequisites: CHEM 221, CHEM 222, and a 300-level biology course or permission of instructor BIOL 451 EvolutionStudies the principles of heredity, population genetics, and modern data collecting from karyotyping to sequencing. Attention is given to data analysis in the systematics field from phenetics to cladistics. The evolution of plant and animal kingdoms is analyzed in view of all the data now available and the paleontological data. The course consists of two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion of journal readings per week. This course is typically taken in the senior year. Formerly BIO 405 Evolution.
Prerequisites: BIOL 112, BIOL 241, and a 300-level BIOL course
- 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.
Dr. Cynthia DeBoy, Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Richard Holland, Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Karobi Moitra, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Dr. Mia Ray, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology