The undergraduate degree programs in Biology have been revised for students matriculating in Fall 2013 or later.
The cornerstone of the new curriculum is the introduction of a new three semester set of courses: BIOL 14a (Genetics and Genomics), BIOL 15b (Cells and Organisms) and BIOL 16a (Evolution and Biodiversity). This sequence replaces the existing two semester sequence BIOL 22a/22b, and follows new pedagogical principles for teaching Biology. At the same time, the expanded course sequence will help cover additional material that premedical students will need for the new MCAT exams that was not covered in core courses in the past.
The new set of courses can be taken in any order and is designed to be accessible to freshmen. Students who take these courses early in their stay at Brandeis will have opportunities to take more advanced, specialized courses and to do research in their junior and senior years. The biology department has 29 full-time faculty members with teaching and research interests in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, development, immunology, neurobiology, motility, cell biology, and structural biology. Students have the opportunity to become integral members of research laboratories in the department. A rich schedule of colloquia and seminars features faculty from around the world talking about current research.
Two different degrees are offered. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology provides students with a general background in biology and provides flexibility with fewer requirements for quantitative and physical science courses. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is an intensive biology option that provides students with a strong background in several areas of biology and is recommended for students pursuing a career in research.
A concentration in biology provides excellent preparation
for students intent on careers in biological research who
want to go to graduate school, for those seeking careers
in medicine, veterinary medicine, and dentistry, and for
those interested in the allied health professions such as
public health, genetic counseling, physical therapy, or
physician assistant. For those seeking courses concerned
with ecology or environmental science, the biology department
offers study in those areas and participates in a program
for a residential semester in Environmental Science at the
Woods Hole Biological Laboratory.
University Bulletin will provide you with more information
regarding how to become an undergraduate concentrator, the
requirements for the undergraduate concentration and the
courses of instruction in biology.
Undergraduate Research Options
Undergraduates in Biology can earn credit and gain valuable laboratory experience through two mechanisms: 1) the BIOL 93: Independent Research in Biology -- this is a one-semester supervised biological research experience in a Brandeis laboratory and 2) the BIOL 99: Senior Research & Senior Honors in Biology -- this is a two-semester independent research project taken during the senior year. To begin this process, please download either the BIOL 93 Independent Research Internship in Biology file or the BIOL 99 Senior Research & Senior Honors in Biology file.
in participating in either research option can use this website to obtain
information pertaining to the Biology Department faculty's research interests and publications. Also, the main library
has a collection of Senior Honors theses from previous years,
which students can read. Another way to become informed
about faculty research is to attend the oral presentations
of Senior Honors research by the candidates for Senior Honors.
These presentations are open to the public and occur in
May. Schedules will be posted outside the Biology office
(Bassine 119) and the Neuroscience office (Volen 206) in
Combined B.S./M.S. Program
The Biology undergraduate program does offer a B.S./M.S. option. More information about this program is available.
Graduate Programs in the Biological Sciences
For M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the biological sciences,
see the separate listings for Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biotechnology, Genetic Counseling, Molecular
and Cell Biology, and Neuroscience programs.