Advising for the Biology Major

Biology majors should plan to start the three-course introductory sequence during their first or second year. These courses need to be taken in order; however, majors can start the sequence either in the fall or the winter term.  Intermediate level biology courses require completion of BIOL 150, so students wishing to take intermediate-level courses in the second year should complete BIOL 150 during the first year.  Students with a strong background in chemistry who pass the on-line chemistry placement exam could begin with CHEM 116 in term I. 

Examples of possible schedules for First Year Biology majors:
Schedule Option A:
  • First Year: BIOL 130 (term I), BIOL 150, (term II),  BIOL 170 (term III)

  • Second Year: CHEM 116 (term I) or [CHEM 115 (term II) & CHEM 116 (term III)]
Schedule Option B:
  • First Year: CHEM 116 (term I), BIOL 130 (term II), BIOL 150 (term III)
  • Second Year: BIOL 170 (term I)
Schedule Option C:
  • First Year: No science (term I), BIOL 130 (term II), BIOL 150 (term III)
  • Second Year: BIOL 170 (term I), CHEM 115 (term II), CHEM 116 (term III)

Students who have earned AP or IB credit in biology are not exempt from the introductory courses.  Students can take a departmental exemption exam for either BIOL 130 and/or BIOL 150 if they feel well qualified based on previous coursework.

Contact the program chair, Bart De Stasio (, for more information.