Program of Study
Fotis Kafatos and Thomas Eisner recently observed that "At the threshold of what is widely regarded as the century of biology, the life sciences are undergoing a profound transformation. They have long existed as a collection of narrow, even parochial, disciplines with well-defined territories. Now they are undergoing consolidation, forming two major domains: one extending from the molecule to the organism, the other bringing together population biology, biodiversity studies, and ecology."
The Biology curriculum at Moravian College has long emphasized the importance of students gaining knowledge and experience in a broad range of traditional biological disciplines. The core courses required of majors give them a background in the study of living things at both the cellular and organismal levels. The Biology faculty continues to consider how to improve the curriculum so as to best prepare our students for wherever their futures lie.
The Biology major
The Biology major at Moravian College requires 14 courses: 9 in Biology
- BIOL 112 (General Zoology)
- BIOL 119 (Introductory Botany)
- BIOL 210 (Genetics)
- BIOL 265 (Cell Physiology)
- BIOL 370 (Biology Seminar)
- and four BIOL electives, selected in consultation with the student's advisor
- CHEM 113–114 (General Chemistry)
- CHEM 211–212 (Organic Chemistry)
- MATH 107 (Elementary Statistics) or MATH 170 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) or MATH 106–166 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus with Review)
In addition, we recommend that students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in biology or the medical sciences take PHYS 109–110 (Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences) or PHYS 111–112 (Introductory Physics). Students should also consider courses in economics, statistics, and computer science.
The Biology Minor
The Biology minor requires 5 courses in Biology: either BIOL 112 (General Zoology) or BIOL 119 (Introductory Botany), and 4 electives, selected in consultation with a member of the Biology faculty.