Concentrations allow students to focus their coursework in any of several areas of study. They are available to students pursuing either a BA or a BS in biology, but are not required for either degree.

Courses required for the concentration are completed in the course of, or in addition to, satisfying the requirements for the BA or BS in biology. Concentrations require a senior project in the general subject area of the concentration, as well as specific coursework.

Cellular and Molecular Biology:
  1. BIO 3530/Cell Biology
  2. BIO 4620/Molecular Biology
  3. Three courses from the following list:
    BIO 3170/Developmental Biology
    BIO 3250/Animal Physiology
    BIO 3360/Microbiology
    BIO 3670/Cellular and Molecular Techniques
    BIO 4300/Genomics
    BIO 4560/Immunology
    BIO 4650/Transmission Electron Microscopy and Cell Ultrastructure
    CHE 4610/Biochemistry
  4. Senior project in the general subject area of cellular and molecular biology
Evolutionary and Behavioral Biology:
  1. BIO 3160/Genetics
  2. BIO 4720/Evolution
  3. ENV 3820/Animal Behavior
  4. Two courses from the following list:
    BIO 3250/Animal Physiology
    BIO 3360/Microbiology
    BIO 3430/Vertebrate Zoology
    BIO 4300/Genomics
    BIO 4760/Behavior Genetics
    ENV 3120/General Ecology
    PSY 3660/Physiological Psychology
  5. Senior project in the general subject area of evolutionary and behavioral biology
Biotechnology:
  1. BIO 3200/Biotechnology I
  2. BIO 3205/Biotechnology II
  3. BIO 3360/Microbiology
  4. BIO 3530/Cell Biology
  5. One of the following statistics courses:
    ENV 3025/Biostatistics or
        MAT 1600/Introductory Statistics or
        PSY 2320/Behavioral Statistics or
        PSY 3635/Honors Seminar in Statistics and Research Design
  6. One of the following courses:
    BIO 4300/Genomics
    BIO 4620/Molecular Biology
  7. One of the following courses:
    BIO 4650/Transmission Electron Microscopy and Cell Ultrastructure
    BIO 4770/Scanning Electron Microscopy and Digital Imaging
  8. CHE 4610/Biochemistry
  9. BIO 3***/Biotechnology Seminar [course number to be assigned]
    In fulfilling major requirements, this seminar is taken instead of BIO 3890/Junior Seminar
  10. Senior project involving sophisticated laboratory skills and techniques
Marine Biology and Ecology:
  1. One of the following courses:
    BIO 3360/Microbiology
    BIO 3430/Vertebrate Zoology
  2. ENV 3120/General Ecology
  3. ENV 4460/Marine Ecology
  4. One field course at a marine laboratory (e.g., BIO 3850/Coral Reef Biology and Ecology, or a course at Shoals Marine Laboratory)
  5. Senior project in the general subject area of marine biology
Genetics:
  1. BIO 3160/Genetics
  2. BIO 4300/Genomics
  3. BIO 4620/Molecular Biology
  4. Two courses from the following list:
    BIO 3170/Developmental Biology
    BIO 4720/Evolution
    BIO 4760/Behavior Genetics
    CHE 4610/Biochemistry
  5. Senior project in the general subject area of genetics
Microscopy and Imaging:
  1. BIO 3360/Microbiology
  2. BIO 3530/Cell Biology
  3. BIO 4650/Transmission Electron Microscopy and Cell Ultrastructure
  4. BIO 4770/Scanning Electron Microscopy and Digital Imaging
  5. Senior project involving microscopy and imaging techniques
Biochemistry (also open to chemistry majors):
  1. CHE 4610/Biochemistry with CHE 4611/Biochemistry Lab
  2. BIO 4620/Molecular Biology
  3. Two courses from the following list:
    BIO 3360/Microbiology
    BIO 3530/Cell Biology
    BIO 3670/Cellular and Molecular Techniques
    CHE 3150/Chemical Instrumentation and Analytical Methods
  4. Senior project in the general subject area of biochemistry

 Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2017:

  • The former bioresearch technology concentration has been replaced by the biotechnology concentration. Students who declared a major in biology before fall 2017 should refer to the 2016–18 College Catalog for the former concentration requirements.