This information is part of the Colgate University catalog.

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. Of the four remaining electives, two must be numbered 300 or higher and must have a lab component. Research-based courses numbered 470 or higher may not count as electives toward the major.

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 also 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.


Biology Department

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