Biology Major information

The biology major at Wooster consists of at least 14 courses, including the required four introductory course sequence, which covers genetics and evolution (Biology 111); molecular and cellular biology (Biology 201); ecology, evolution and organismal biology (Biology 202); and research skills for life scientists. A student then selects at least five 300-level elective courses, least three of which must have a laboratory component. The electives from which students may choose include the following:

  • Cellular Neuroscience (MCB)
  • Genes and Genomes (MCB)
  • Development (MCB)
  • Cell Physiology (MCB)
  • Microbiology (MCB)
  • Techniques in BCMB (MCB)
  • Principles of Biochemistry (MCB)
  • Biochemistry of Metabolism (MCB)
  • Chemical Biology (MCB) 
  • Human Physiology (MCB)
  • Animal Behavior (EEOB)
  • Natural History of the Invertebrates (EEOB)
  • Comparative Animal Physiology (EEOB)
  • Behavioral Endocrinology (EEOB)
  • Natural History of the Vertebrates (EEOB)
  • Population and Community Ecology (EEOB)
  • Field Botany (EEOB)
  • Conservation Biology (EEOB)
  • Evolution (EEOB)

Among these 300-level electives, at least one course must be taken from each of the two major subdivions of biology—molecular and cellular biology (MCB) and ecology, evolution and organismal biology (EEOB). Students are also required to take one year of introductory chemistry and one course in either organic chemistry, physics or calculus, as well as Junior IS (Biology 401) and two semesters of Senior IS thesis (Biology 451, 452).


Biology Minor Information