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Biological Sciences

THE SCIENCE OF LIVING SYSTEMS

 

Welcome Undergraduate Majors and Prospective Students!

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Biology is the science of living systems, from molecular and cellular to organismal and ecological levels. Biology is also a living science that continues to make new and exciting discoveries revealing the causes of human disease, generating new therapies, improving human health, and helping to understand ourselves. Biology majors choose an area of concentration representing one of the foundational modern biological disciplines.  Majors become experts in their area of concentration and attain a breadth of knowledge preparing them for careers in medicine, research, biotech and beyond.

The study of biology made large impacts on society historically and today. Biologists discovered evolution by natural selection to explain the origin and persistence of life on Earth. They discovered the replication and decoding of DNA information to explain inherited and sporadic diseases such as birth defects and cancer. Biologists identify the nature of infectious disease and the immune system, leading to antibiotics and vaccines. Crucially, biologists develop ways to detect and modify biomolecules, leading to advanced diagnostics and therapeutics. Ongoing research in biology is essential for confronting the health challenges of today and of the future.

While Covid-19 is keeping many of us off campus, our mission continues, and our commitment to your education and well-being is unwavering. Our faculty has redesigned their courses for online delivery for the Fall Quarter, and our Fall Genetic and Molecular Processes Laboratory, BIOL_SCI 220, can be taken either virtually or in a small group in-person setting. 

 

Announcement:

 

Fall 2020 Laboratory - BIOL_SCI 220

This Fall, BIOL_SCI 220, Genetic and Molecular Processes Laboratory, will accommodate both students who will be completely remote as well as students who want an in-person lab experience. All students should register for section 20 AND ALSO either an in-person lab (Sections 60-75), OR an on-line synchronous section (Sections 160-175).

Program Concentrations

 

During the upper years, biology majors choose an area of concentration representing one of the foundational modern biological disciplines below. These specializations build expertise in in methodologies and analysis of distinct levels of organization in biological systems. Explore our concentrations below.

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Dive into the chemical and physical nature of biological compounds and macromolecules, and the chemical processes that govern life.

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Ecology Evolution and Conservation

Discover the interactions between ecology and evolution, the impact of climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and other factors in biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Ecology Evolution and Conservation

Molecular Neurobiology

Learn the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural and functional aspects of nervous systems. 

 

Molecular Neurobiology

Cell Biology and Physiology

Explore the internal functioning of cells and the systems-level processes that sustain living organisms. Available for students using the 2019-2020 catalog or prior.

 

Computational & Systems Biology (Fall 2020)

Program Highlights

 
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