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Biology is one of the most popular majors on campus.

Courses emphasize hands-on learning, current experimental research and student-driven inquiry

Requirements of the Biology major

A total of eleven (11) or twelve (12) units including:

  1. Biology 105* Introduction to Biological Processes and Biology 106 Introduction to Biological Investigation

    *A student with a 4 or 5 in AP Biology may request to be exempted from this course

    For first year students wanting to take Biology 106, a 4 or 5 in AP biology, or a 5 or 6 or 7 in IB Biology, or Biology 105 are required. Upperclass students may take Biology 105 and 106 in any order, but upperclass students who have not taken two years of high school biology are urged to start with Biology 105.

  2. Chemistry including 2 units (Chem 108 & 109) or 1 unit (Chem 125) and Chem 244 (Organic Chemistry)

  3. Four units of 200-level Biology with courses selected to meet the distribution requirements of at least one course in three content areas:

    1. Ecology, Evolution and Diversity

    2. Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology

    3. Developmental Biology and Physiology.

    To see a list of courses in each content area, visit the Vassar College Catalogue.

  4. Three units of 300-level biology, which may include Biol 303 (Senior Research)

Academic requirements and courses are available in the Vassar College Catalogue.

Correlate Sequence

The Biology department also offers a correlate sequence