Sophomore Plan of Study

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Applying to be a Biology Major

Students are introduced to the study of biology at Swarthmore by taking Biology 001, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Biology 002, Organismal and Population Biology. Either course may be taken first. A diversity of advanced courses, some offered in alternate years, affords the student the opportunity of building a broad biological background while concentrating, if he or she chooses, in some specialized areas such as cellular and developmental biology, animal or plant physiology, microbiology, neurobiology, genetics and evolution, ecology, or ethology.

Application

Students must submit a Sophomore Plan of Study during the second semester of their sophomore year to the Registrar. This application includes a list of the biology courses the student plans to take during the next two years as well as a short essay explaining the rationale for the sequence and selection of courses and seminars. The department chair and the academic coordinator provide information about the major at a presentation scheduled by the Dean's Office early in the spring semester before the sophomore applications are due.

Planning Resources

To help you plan your Sophomore Plan of Study please consult the following resources:

Biology Majors and Minors

Projected Courses

Individual Course Descriptions

Biology Course Major Check List

Biology Honors Major Check List

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