The Biology major curriculum provides a broad exposure to all levels of biological organization through core (required of all biology majors) classes and a diverse offering of electives and research-oriented coursework. AY 2019-20 marks a year of curricular transition for our incoming class of 2023 as we institute a new core curriculum. Catalog description of the biology requirements for the class of 2023
[Majors through class of 2022) The Biology major core courses begin with Bio 190, followed in the fall of the sophomore year by Bio 242 (Cell and Molecular Biology) and in Winter term, Bio 270 (Ecology and Evolution). Advanced training occurs in a variety of elective courses at the 200-300 level and research-intensive offerings, including Seminar and Research classes and thesis.
[Beginning with the class of 2023] Incoming first year students in fall 2019 have a variety of topical Bio 195x CURE courses (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences) biology from which to choose as their entry point to the major. Three additional 200-level core courses currently under development: 1) Cellular Bases of Life; 2) Evolution and Interactions of Life; and 3) Biological Research Experience: Molecules to Ecosystems will complete the new core biology requirements and will be taught beginning in Fall 2020. These 200-level courses have prerequisites. Advanced training occurs in a variety of elective courses at the 200-300 level and research-intensive offerings, including Seminar and Research classes and thesis.
The Biology curriculum supports student training with and use of modern biotechnology and instrumentation including PCR, qPCR, electrophoresis, and other molecular techniques, fluorescence microscopy, analytical electron microscopy, and digital acquisition of data and images. A recent grant brought a new laser scanning confocal microscope to Bates which will greatly expand research and teaching opportunities for cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, and physics.