Curriculum & Courses

The objectives of the Department of Biology are to provide the student with opportunity to obtain a broad foundation of biological knowledge and to pursue the study of a particular area of biology. The curriculum is based strongly in the sciences of biology, chemistry and physics, within the context of the critical and analytical skills derived from the liberal arts core. The specific aims of the Department of Biology are

  1. to provide an intensive course of study in the biological sciences;
  2. to develop in the majors an appreciation for critical scientific work;
  3. to present a program of study which reflects current thinking in the rapidly expanding field of biology.

After successful completion of the program a student may enter any of several career paths. The biology curriculum prepares a student for graduate school, laboratory work and teaching. It also provides all the requirements for application to medical, dental, veterinary and other health-related programs.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Biology

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in biology. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all biology courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Biology  34
      BIO 105. Biological Science I
      BIO 106. Biological Science II
      BIO 291. Genetics
      BIO 371. Biochemistry
      BIO 399. Biology Seminar
      BIO 456-457. Senior-Faculty Colloquium in Biology
      Biology Electives*
4
4
3
4
1
0
18
 Mathematics  7-8
      MATH 151. Calculus I
      MATH 107. Introduction to Statistics or MATH 152. Calculus II
4
3-4
 Chemistry  16
      CHEM 101. General Chemistry I & CHML 101. General Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 102. General Chemistry II & CHML 102. General Chemistry II Lab
      CHEM 301. Organic Chemistry I & CHML 301. Organic Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 302. Organic Chemistry II & CHML 302. Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
4
4
4
 Physics  8
      PHYS 103. General Physics I & PHYL 103. General Physics Lab I
      PHYS 104. General Physics II & PHYL 104. General Physics Lab II
4
4
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above** 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
            CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
            CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
            CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
            CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
            CLAR 208. World Views
            CLAR 209. Art and Literature
            CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
            CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  15-16
 Total  120

* The biology electives must be chosen from among the following: BIO 210, BIO 294, BIO 318-319BIO 321, BIO 331, BIO 332, BIO 341, BIO 350, BIO 362, BIO 390, BIO 403, BIO 406, BIO 418-419, BIO 466, BIO 472, BIO 490.

** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Biology majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

The comprehensive requirement for biology majors is the successful completion of BIO 456-457. Senior-Faculty Colloquium in Biology.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Biology

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits    Spring Semester  Credits  
BIO 105 4 BIO 106  4
CHEM 101 and CHML 101  4 CHEM 102 and CHML 102  4
CLAR 101  3 MATH 151  4
Foreign Language 201 or 202* 3 Foreign Lang. 202* or Elective 3
Total 14 Total 15
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
BIO 291  3 Biology Elective** 3
CHEM 301 and CHML 301  4 CHEM 302 and CHML 302  4
CLAR 302CLRL 302 or MATH 152*** 4 MATH 107*** or CLAR 302 & CLRL 302 3-4
CLAR 110  3 CLAR 111  3
    Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Total 14 Total 16-17
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester                          Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
BIO 371  4 Biology Electives** 6
PHYS 103 and PHYL 103  4 PHYS 104 and PHYL 104   4
Core Area Courses (Clare) 6 Core Area Courses (Clare) 6
BIO 399  1    
Total 15 Total 16
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
BIO 456  0 BIO 457  0
Biology Electives** 6 Biology Elective** 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
General Elective 3 General Electives 9-10
CLAR 401  2    
Total 14 Total 15-16

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** The biology electives must be chosen from among the following: BIO 210, BIO 294, BIO 318-319BIO 321, BIO 331, BIO 332, BIO 341, BIO 350, BIO 362, BIO 390, BIO 403, BIO 406, BIO 418-419, BIO 466, BIO 472, BIO 490.

*** Biology majors may take either MATH 107. Introduction to Statistics or MATH 152. Calculus II to satisfy the second part of their math requirement. Many graduate schools require two semesters of calculus. It is the responsibility of the student, in consultation with the academic advisor, to determine which mathematics course would be most suitable.

The comprehensive requirement for biology majors is the successful completion of BIO 456-457. Senior-Faculty Colloquium in Biology.

Requirements for a Minor in Biology

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in biology. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all biology courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or the Office of the Registrar.