Biology

Description

The Biology concentration invites students to study, in depth and in breadth, the science of life and living matter. Whether pursuing the A.B. or Sc.B. in biology, students can expect to learn broadly in the discipline through a selection of courses in three areas: cell and molecular biology, structure and function, and organismal biology. In addition, students pursuing the ScB complete a thematic track through which they gain an in-depth understanding of a particular subfield (such as, Immunopathology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Physiology/Biotechnology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Physical Sciences; Marine Biology). The concentration also emphasizes practical skills and experimental design. Concentrators are required to take at least 3 courses with a laboratory or fieldwork component. Within all of these requirements, students have a high degree of flexibility and choice. Broad research opportunities are also available across several departments within the basic sciences as well.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Learn cell and molecular biology, biological structure and function, and organismal biology
  • Understand the organization and function of basic biological systems
  • Know the core mathematical and chemical principles relevant to biology and genetics
  • Attain in-depth understanding of one biological subfield
  • Know how to handle and interpret scientific data
  • Gain laboratory experience
  • Engage in independent research

Requirements

For information about Biology programs, and instructions for declaring this concentration, please visit the Biology Undergraduate website. Prospective concentrations should contact Marjorie_Thompson@brown.edu in order to schedule their concentration planning meeting and have advisory assignment made. For more information about this concentration, please visit the department's website.

Honors and Capstones

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Students pursuing an Sc.B. in Biology must conduct independent research and enroll in BIOL 1950/1960. Students aspiring to receive Honors in biology must complete a thesis project representing the culmination of two or more semesters of research. An oral presentation is also required. Upon completion of the research, the faculty advisor and a second reader provide an evaluation in which the student’s work must be assessed as satisfactory or better in order for Honors to be awarded. Quality grades (A, B, and/or S with distinction) within the concentration are also required for Honors. Please see the department's website for a complete description of program requirements.

Tracks

  • Cell and Molecular Biology - Sc.B. only
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Sc.B. only
  • Immunobiology - Sc.B. only
  • Marine Biology
  • Neurobiology - Sc.B. only
  • Physical Sciences - Sc.B. only
  • Physiology/Biotechnology - Sc.B. only

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Expand your reading skills
  • Collaborate fully
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Experience scientific inquiry

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Affiliated Departments

Advisors

Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201089 73 43 
201188 45 43 
201292 65 48 
201387  36 
2014112  30 

Alumni Pathways

Biology alumni often enter health careers including medicine, psychology, and public health, as well as careers in academia and in industry.

See more details on the CareerLAB website.

Dept. Undergraduate Group

Student Leaders:

  • Sera Kim
  • Lucy Xu

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact focal_point@brown.edu, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.