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Biology is the study of life and living organisms. Students study life on a broad scale; from the molecular level to entire ecosystems. Biology emphasizes the relationship of structure to function in biological systems, how anatomical, cellular, and molecular structures are related to biological functions of development, regulation, movement, growth, and reproduction. Because the discipline itself is so broad, it is necessary for student to study overlapping fields such as mathematics and chemistry.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program
The Biology Department at Hopkins is the nation's first, established in 1876, the same year the university was founded. The department emphasizes molecular and cellular biology and offers some of the most advanced laboratories and equipment in the world, including electron and confocal microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance, x-ray crystallography, microcalorimetry, etc. Major areas of study include biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, immunobiology, and neurobiology. In addition to the B.A. in biology, Hopkins offers a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology, as well as a combined B.A./M.S. program.


Suggested First Semester Course(s)
  • General Biology I, 020.151
  • Introductory Chemistry I, 030.101
  • General Chemistry Lab I, 030.105
  • Calculus I, 110.106
  • Elective H or S course to begin fulfilling distribution
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set
The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Biology:

  • Operating scientific equipment
  • Applying biological theories
  • Designing experiments and recording results
  • Applying scientific concepts to problems
  • Reasoning logically to evaluate the effects of phenomena
  • Attention to detail
  • Reporting results and conclusions orally and in writing

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