Major/Minor Requirements

Biological Sciences Major

The Biological Sciences Major includes nine Biological Sciences courses (at least seven of which must be taken at Wellesley) and two Chemistry courses.  Below are the detailed information about requirements.

See Course Catalog for more information. 
See Minor Requirements for Biology Minor Requirements. 

 

Nine Biological Courses
 
Two Introductory CoursesMicroscope field and student working in the background
1) One course in Cellular and Molecular Biology:
BISC 110, 110P, 112, 112Y, 116
2) One Course in Organismal Biology:
BISC 111, 111T, 113, 113Y
 
Four 200-Level Courses* 
Note: 200-Levels are in Groups
1) At least one course in Group I
2) At least one course in Group II
3) At Least one course in Group III
4) Another 200-level Biology Course (from any grouping)
 
Group I Cell Biology: BISC 219, 220
Group II Systems Biology: BISC 203, 207, 216
Group III Community Biology: BISC 201, 202, 204, 209, 210, 214, BISC 247/ES 247
 
Two 300-Level Courses* At least one course must include laboratory and this course must be taken at Wellesley College
 
One Elective Course* This ninth course can be any level Biology course; with additional course option EXTD 225, EXTD 226
 
*Please note Independent Research for credit is encouraged, but is not counted towards the major requirements. (BISC 250, 250H, 350, 350H, 355, 360, 365, 370)
 
Two Chemistry Courses
CHEM 105, 105P, 116, 120 or higher. (Additional chemistry beyond the two required units is strongly recommended or required for certain 300-level Biology courses.)
 
 
 
Recommended Courses:
Four courses in chemistry, including 1 semester in organic chemistry
Those applying to graduate school may need to include physical chemistry or biochemistry
Two courses in physics
Two courses in math: statistics, calculus
Independent Research is strongly recommended
Other Notes
Several courses can be counted towards the major requirements and fulfill the College distribution requirements: BISC 103, 104, 106, 108, 109, 198. (BISC 108 and 109 as laboratory science courses; all other electives in the list, as non-laboratory science courses.)
The following course can be counted towards the major requirement and fulfill the Qualitative Reasoning (QR) overlay: BISC 109, 111, 111T, 113, 113Y, 198, 201.