Human Biology (major)

What you will study

Biology, the study of living organisms and life processes, is the most all-encompassing of the sciences. Understanding basic life processes requires working in many areas in an integrated way.
We want you to be able to use science effectively. You take part in both individual and group investigative laboratories as part of the first two science courses. You develop a real sense of all the planning, the work, the frustration, the excitement — the reality of doing science.
As you progress and refine and build upon these basic abilities, you continue to design and perform experiments in the laboratory and in the field. You learn to use your investigative projects to engage in the more complex work of making relationships and perceiving patterns.
In intermediate courses, you ask more in-depth questions. You build and evaluate scientific models, showing how different biological concepts fit together — and you subject those models to testing, practicing professional methods of data gathering and record keeping. You strengthen your abilities through self-assessment, learning to be an independent judge of your progress.
This self-assessment leads you into advanced work, where you become responsible for your own learning strategies, your goals in long-term projects, and your actions in the internship. You decide what laboratory methods are appropriate for the problems you are investigating and what statistical tests should be applied to your data. And you analyze the role of science in society and develop your own code of scientific ethics, preparing yourself for your future as a professional biologist.

Human Biology Major Beginning
MT-123College Algebra3
Take one of the following:
& BI-221L
Biology of Plants
Biology of Animals
and Biology of Animals Lab
Natural History of North America
Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
Human Anatomy & Physiology
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
and Microbiology Lab
PH-231Algebra-Based Physics I4
MT-256Probability and Statistics4
Human Biology Major Intermediate
Cellular Biology
and Cellular Biology Lab
BI-338Physiological Mechanisms Disease4
Genetics Lecture
and Genetics Lab
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
or BI-483 Advanced Internship Seminar
BI-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Human Biology Major Advanced
BI-304Developmental Biology3
or BI-452 Immunology
BI-374BI Assessment in Effective Citizenship1
BI-491Senior Environmental Seminar3
Take 8 credits from the following:
Adv Topics in Biology:
Examining Evolution
Developmental Biology
Molecular Biology
Animal Behavior
& BI-221L
Biology of Plants
Biology of Animals
and Biology of Animals Lab
Natural History of North America
Pharmacology: Nursing Connections

Alverno classes are small and interactive. Students cooperate to work on case studies, analyze actual data, and carry out projects. Integrated within their course work students apply science content to critically analyze varied values to current global and local issues. Our students participate in research through class experiments and special programs. Internships give students the opportunity to explore careers, work with cutting-edge technology, and make connections that often result in job offers before graduation. Students can also collaborate with faculty by attending professional conferences, working on faculty research or doing independent research with faculty guidance.

Students who plan to attend professional school can participate in a series of workshops on topics like preparing for entrance exams, creating successful applications, and getting letters of recommendation.