Course Planning

Biology Major - Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the first year. The following is a typical plan for this 13 course major. This is not the only way forward. Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path

First Year

4 courses towards the major. These should include:

  • Fundamentals of Cellular Life (BIOL 150)
  • Botany (BIOL 190)
  • Gen Chem I (CHEM 110)
  • Gen Chem II (CHEM 120) 
Sophomore

3-4 courses towards the major. These should include:

  • Zoology (BIOL 220)
  • Genetics (BIOL 250) or Ecology & Evolution (BIOL 260)
    • Students interested in more cellular/molecular fields should prioritize BIOL 250; students interested in more organismal/evolutionary fields should prioritize BIOL 260
  • Any 200-level statistics course

Possibly:

  • Students could consider taking both Genetics (BIOL 250) and Ecology & Evolution (BIOL 260) their sophomore year
Junior

If not already completed:

  • Genetics (BIOL 250)
  • Ecology & Evolution (BIOL 260)

And:

  • 1-3 Biology Major Electives
Senior
  • 1-3 Biology Major Electives
  • Biology Senior Seminar (BIOL 497)

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year.  The following is a typical plan to complete this major. Please consult with your advisor or a member of the Department to create your unique path.

   
First Year -
Sophomore

5-6 courses towards the major. These should include:

  • Fundamentals of Cellular Life (BIOL 150)
  • Botany (BIOL 190)
  • Gen Chem I (CHEM 110)
  • Gen Chem II (CHEM 120)
  • Any 200-level statistics course

Possibly:

  • Genetics (BIOL 250) or Ecology & Evolution (BIOL 260)
Junior
  • Zoology (BIOL 220) 

If not already completed: 

  • Genetics (BIOL 250)
  • Ecology & Evolution (BIOL 260)

And:

  • 1-3 Biology Major Electives
Senior
  • 1-3 Biology Major Electives
  • Biology Senior Seminar (BIOL 497)

Capstone: The Biology capstone is composed of a presentation given as part of the senior seminar (BIOL 497), and a comprehensive exam.  See your departmental advisor for more details.

Planning Recommendations:

  • Although research is not required for the major, students planning to pursue a graduate degree in Biology are strongly encouraged to participate in independent research. Students should start exploring research options though consultation with the Department during their sophomore year. 
  • While each Biology graduate program is different, students considering graduate work should complete a sequence in Organic Chemistry (CHEM 240 & 250), a sequence in Physics (PHYS 235 & 245), and at least one semester of CalculusI (MATH 130). Consult with a member of the Biology Department to discuss additional recommendations for Graduate School.
  • Students interested in any health-related field should also refer to the Health-Related Fields guidelines at [https://www.hendrix.edu/preprofessional/default.aspx?id=40707].