Course Planning

Biology - Where to Start?

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.

Where should I start if I am just sampling this subject as a non-major?

  • Any biology course at the 100-level up to and including Cell Biology (BIOL 150) depending on interests.  See Course Schedule for this year’s options.

  • Cell Biology (BIOL 150) is the first biology major course, appropriate for students deeply interested in biology or expecting to use biology as part of their professional training.

Where should I start if I might use this as part of a major or as a potential major?

    In the first year, students planning to major in Biology or Health Sciences should complete:

  • Cell Biology (BIOL 150)
  • General Chemistry I (CHEM 110) and General Chemistry II (CHEM 120)
  • NOTE:  Success in the General Chemistry I (CHEM 110) and General Chemistry II (CHEM 120) sequence is highly correlated with algebra skills.  If your ACT in math is 23 or below, strongly consider delaying General Chemistry (CHEM 110) for a year.  Data show that some additional math experience and experience in college greatly improves the likelihood of a positive outcome.  Please consult your Academic Advisor or a member of the Chemistry Department.

Where should I start if I have some experience in this discipline before college?

    Students with previous experience in biology or health sciences are strongly encouraged to start in Cell Biology (BIOL 150) since course pacing and laboratory experience vary greatly.

  • For concurrent high school / college credits – please consult with the Department
  • For advanced placement credits – please refer to “Advanced Placement Credits” or “International Baccalaureate Credits” in the College Catalog.
  • Regardless of previous experience, Genetics (BIOL 250) is not typically available to first-year students. First-year students with an unusually strong background in biology wishing to consider genetics must consult with the Biology Department chair.

When should I declare a major?

  • All students must declare a major by March 1st of their sophomore year.