This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.

The Department of Biology offers a major program designed to provide students with a common conceptual foundation through two required courses and an opportunity to pursue breadth and specialization through an extensive selection of elective course offerings, seminars, and research tutorials. Questions about requirements may be directed to the department chair.


Major Requirements

The major program consists of the following requirements:

Required Biology Courses

Required Chemistry Courses

General Chemistry sequence:

Process of Biology

One course with lab from the following list:

Five Electives

  • One elective can be at any level.
  • The four remaining electives must be numbered 300 or higher and two must have a lab component. 
  • Research-based courses numbered 470 or higher may not count as electives toward the major. 
  •  also serves as an elective biology course.

Research Tutorial Experience

  • A one-credit research experience, normally satisfied with a research tutorial (a course numbered BIOL 470-490).
  • Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Colgate Study Group (BIOL 393 and BIOL 493) may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • UROPS courses taken at the National University of Singapore (NUS) may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • With prior approval by the biology department, a senior-level independent study course or capstone experience in another department may be used to fulfill the research requirement.

Honors and High Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the  department page.


Biology Department

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalogue page.