The Biology curriculum offers a wide variety of courses and laboratory experiences, combining a strong foundation in basic biological concepts and principles with opportunities to specialize in students' areas of interest.
The broad curriculum encompasses cell biology, genetics, physiology, microbiology, immunobiology, developmental biology, neurobiology, animal behavior, ecology, and evolution, among other fields.
Student research in collaboration with a faculty mentor is a central part of the learning experience. Students who conduct research often co-author papers with faculty and present their work to the campus or at scientific meetings. This hands-on engagement with the practice of science provides invaluable preparation for graduate school and careers in biology and related fields.
Modern scientific instrumentation supports all study and research in biology. Students use the same tools that practicing scientists use, such as electron and other specialized microscopes, ultracentrifuges and other molecular equipment, a greenhouse, environmental chambers, and other facilities and resources.
Gettysburg biology majors have an outstanding record of success in the nation's leading graduate and professional schools, in medicine, in science-related careers, and in many other fields.
Students who major in biology may pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree.
All courses taken to satisfy the requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree or for the minor must be taken using the A-F grading system (except for Bio 461 which can be taken Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory).
*Note: If Biology 260 is chosen to meet the mathematics course requirement, it may not also count as a biology elective course.
Students seeking the B.S. in Biology must fulfill all of the requirements listed for the B.A., plus the following:
Students applying to some graduate school or medical school programs are required to complete two years of Chemistry (105 or 107, 108, 203, 204), one year of Physics (103-104 or 109-110 or 111-112), and one course in Mathematics (105-106, or 111). Students who complete these courses only need 5 Biology electives for the B.S., or 4 Biology electives for the B. A.
Students qualify for a minor in Biology by completing six courses in Biology:
Students selecting upper-level courses to meet the requirements for the minor must also fulfill any prerequisites that may be required for those courses
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