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Sample First and Second Year Programs

For students beginning the major as first-year students

Courses typically taken by a first year Biology major:

Fall Spring
Hum 110 Hum 110
Bio 101 or 102 Bio 102 or 101
Chem 101 Chem 102
Possibly Math 1XX Math 1XX


Courses typically taken by a second year Biology major:

Fall Spring
Chem 201  Chem 202
Math 1XX Math 1XX
Bio 3XX course in one of four area "clusters"* Bio 3XX course in one of four area "clusters"
Group I or II course Group I or II course

 

*Biology Department’s four clusters:

  1. a) Biology 311 (Computational Systems Biology), 352 (Bioinformatics), 356 (Gene Regulation), 363 (Genes, Genetics, and Genomes)
  2. b) Biology 351 (Developmental Biology), 358 (Microbiology), 372 (Cellular Biology).
  3. c) Biology 322 (Plant Physiology), 342 (Animal Behavior), and 381 (Neurobiology and Physiology).
  4. d) Biology 301 (Ecology), 303 (Leaves to Landscapes), 332 (Vascular Plant Diversity). 

For students beginning the major as sophomores

Courses typically taken by a first year Biology major:

Fall Spring
Bio 101 or 102  Bio 102 or 101
Chem 101  Chem 102
Math 1XX  Math 1XX
Group I or II course  Group I or II course

 

Courses typically taken by a second year Biology major:

Fall Spring
Chem 201 Chem 202
Bio 3XX course from one of the clusters   Bio 3XX course from one of the clusters
Group I or II course Bio 3XX course from one of the clusters
Group I or II course Group I or II course
 

Off-campus Study Options

Given the sequential requirements for the major, biology students will have to do early and careful planning should they wish to participate in off-campus studies. Students interested in additional field work often take advantage of Reed's partnership with OTS or SFS, both of which offer a range of programs at various sites (both tropical and temperate) around the world. Other programs with more focused areas include Round River (conservation), SEA semester (oceanography) or DIS (neuroscience), to name just a few.  Interested students are encouraged to discuss these and other possible options with their academic adviser and Reed's Office of International Programs.

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