This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2021-22.

Director B. Hoopes

This program is intended for students who are interested in biology at the molecular level and who wish to take several courses in both biology and chemistry. Interested students should see biology professors Ay, Belanger, Hagos, Holm, Hoopes, Meyers, Taye, or Van Wynsberghe.

Major Requirements

Course requirements are described below.


All of the Following

Completed with a minimum grade of C–:

Process of Biology

One course from the following:


General Chemistry Option

The following two courses:

All of the Following

Three Electives

One elective can be at any level. Of the two remaining electives, one must be numbered 300 or higher and one must be numbered 330 or higher. One of these two 300-level courses must have a laboratory component. Only one research-based course numbered 470 or higher can count toward the major. 


Cognate Courses

Math or Computer Science Course
Physics Sequence

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.