Biology Major

In addition to the technical core required of all HMC students, biology majors must successfully complete a number of other courses.

Biology Core

  • Biology 54: Biology Laboratory
  • Biology 101: Comparative Physiology
  • Biology 108: Ecology & Environmental Biology
  • Biology 109: Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology 113: Molecular Biology

Chemistry

  • Chemistry 56: Chemistry of Carbon Compounds
  • Chemistry 58: Carbon Compounds Laboratory
  • Chemistry 105: Organic Chemistry

Biology Electives

Thirteen units of advanced biology, selected by the student and advisor, to include:

  • At least two laboratory courses (selected from Bio 103, 110, 111, 184)
  • At least one HMC seminar course (requiring student presentations and reading from the primary literature, selected from Bio 121, 122, 164, 185, 189)

Related non-biology technical courses may be substituted for advanced biology courses with permission of the department. With prior permission, up to two credits of Bio 197/198 (Directed Reading) may count as Biology Electives.

Colloquium

Four semesters of Biology 191-192: Biology Colloquium

Capstone Project

Six units of Biology 193-194: Senior Thesis Research, Biology 195-196: Intensive Research or an approved biology-related clinic (Computer Science 183-184, Engineering 111-112, Environmental Studies 190, Math 193 or Physics 193-194)

Changes in the program may be made by agreement between the student and the department. For answers to questions about the most common situations, please check our Biology Major FAQs.

Students particularly interested in molecular biology may select the molecular biology option within the biology major.