Biology Schedule Planning
- Most students interested in biology elect to take Bi 8 and Bi 9 in their first year, to open access to the widest range of biology electives.
- Students may place out of the option requirement to take Bi 8 by passing an exam and then earning a passing grade in Bi/Ch 111 instead. The exam for placing out of Bi 8 is given late in the fall term of freshman year if specifically requested by students who have an unusually strong background in biology, e.g., substantial research experience. Some students who score a 5 on the advanced placement exam in biology may also qualify to take the exam. The placement exam is given by direct arrangement between the interested students and the faculty teaching Bi 8.
- Bi 10 is not required for the biology option but is commonly taken by biology students to meet the Institute introductory laboratory requirement.
- Prerequisites listed for individual biology courses are advisory, not compulsory. They indicate the kind of background that is assumed for the work level of the course. They may be waived if the instructor gives explicit permission.
- Ch 24 and Ch 25 are strongly recommended for students interested in postgraduate work in biology, as physical chemistry is required by most graduate programs.
- Additional courses of potential interest to biology majors include Ge 11b, BE 159, BE/APh 161, BE/ChE 163, BMB/Ch 178 and advanced geobiology courses.
- Undergraduates are generally welcome to take 200-level courses with the instructor's permission or strong preparation, unless otherwise indicated.
Registrar (for class schedules, catalog, academic calendars)
Typical Course Schedule (required courses and representative examples of electives)
Ma 1abc Freshman Mathematics
Ph 1 abc Freshman Physics
Ch 1ab General Chemistry
Ch3a Chemistry Lab
CS 1 Intro to Computer Programming
Bi 8 Intro to Molecular Biology
Bi 9 Cell Biology
Bi 10 Introductory Biology Lab
Ma 2 Differential Equations
Ma 3 Intro to Probability and Statistics
Ph 2ab Sophomore Physics
Ch 41abc Organic Chemistry
Introductory Social Sciences
Bi 122 Genetics
Bi 117 Developmental Biology
Bi/CNS/NB 150 Intro to Neuroscience
Bi/BE 101 Order of Magnitude Biology
Bi 22 Undergraduate Research
Advanced Social Sciences
Bi 145ab Tissue and Organ Physiology
Bi/Ch 110 Intro to Biochemistry
Bi/BE 24 Technical Communication (fall or spring)
Bi/BE 118 Morphogenesis Developmental Systems OR
Bi/BE 182 Gene Network Design
Bi/Ch 111 Biochemistry of Gene Expression
Be/APh 161 Physical Biology of the Cell
Bi/CNS/NB 164 Tools of Neurobiology
Bi 158 Vertebrate Evolution
Bi 188 or 190 Human OR Systems Genetics
Bi 114 Immunology
Bi/BE 129 Biology and Treatment of Cancer
Bi 90 Undergraduate Thesis
Bi 192 Intro to Systems Biology
Bi/BE 103 Data Analysis in Biological Sciences
Bi/NB/BE 155 Neuropharmacology
Bi 189 The Cell Cycle
Bi/CNS/NB 152 Neural Circuits
Bi 214 Stem Cells
Bioengineering Schedule Planning
To view a typical course schedule for Bioengineering, click here.
For core Institute requirements for all options, click here.
For a complete list of BBE courses, click here.
To give feedback on courses and for other undergraduate resources please go to the Biology Undergraduate Study Advisory Committee (BUSAC) website, click here.
The Undergraduate Biology Option advisor is Professor Bruce Hay.
The Undergraduate Bioengineering Option advisor is Professor Justin Bois.