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For Prospective Students

Questions and Answers about Biology at Beloit College

Q: Should I come to Beloit College to study Biology?

YES, if you are interested in learning about biology at a college that emphasizes investigative learning, small classes, and professors interested in working with you in small groups. At Beloit College, you will learn ABOUT biology and how to DO biology.

Q: Which Introductory Biology course should I take at Beloit College?

The Biology Department offers 5 different introductory courses for students interested in Biology. Students can choose to begin their study of Biology with

  • BIOL 110: Human Biology
  • BIOL 111: Zoology
  • BIOL 121: Botany
  • BIOL 141: Microbiology
  • BIOL 151: Marine Biology

Each of these courses meets the prerequisites for advanced Biology courses. All students majoring in Biology are also required to take BIOL 247: Biometrics, BIOL 217:Evolution, and BIOL 289: Genetics.

Q: What if I have taken AP Bio or Anatomy and Physiology in High School?

A: If you have taken advanced placement biology in high school, the Biology Department recommends that you begin with an introductory course in an area that you have not studied. If you have taken Anatomy and Physiology, you could start with Microbiology or Botany. If you have taken AP Bio, choose an area to explore in more depth, such as Marine Biology.  Alternatively, you may enroll in a 200-level course such as Biometrics, Environmental Biology, Emerging Diseases, Cell Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, or Evolution.

Q: Are there other courses I should take in my first year at Beloit College as a Biology major?

A: Potential Biology majors are strongly encouraged to take a total of 3 science and math courses during their first year. All Biology majors require at least introductory chemistry (CHEM 117) and either Organic Chemistry (CHEM 230) or Environmental, Analytical, and Geochemistry (CHEM 220), as well as Calculus. It's a great idea to take some of these courses your first year.

If you have arrived at Beloit with AP science or math credits, and/or if you are eager to get on to advanced courses such as Genetics, you should consider taking Biology 247, Biometrics, during your first year. This course deals with the application of statistics in biology.

Q: How do I learn more about majoring in Biology?

A: All of the Biology faculty members are happy to meet with prospective Biology majors. Please speak to one of them soon if you are interested in studying biology.