Biology (minor)

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.

Biology Support Beginning
Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
Biology Support Intermediate
and Microbiology Lab
BI-325Cellular Biology3
or BI-361 Genetics Lecture
Biology Support Advanced
Human Anatomy & Physiology
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
Biology Course:
Take one of the following:4
Biology of Plants
Biology of Animals
and Biology of Animals Lab
Natural History of North America
Animal Behavior
Biology Electives:
Take at least two Biology Electives, one at the 300/400 level6-8
Biology Lab:
Take at least one of the following 300/400 level labs:1
Cellular Biology Lab
Ecology 1
Genetics Lab
Molecular Biology Lab
Animal Behavior 1

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.