The Department of Biology participates in three interdisciplinary degree programs, each of which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree: Biochemistry (with Chemistry), Environmental Science (with Geology and Chemistry), and Neuroscience (with Psychology).
The Biology and Chemistry Department jointly administer this Bachelor of Science degree. The program is designed to train students to solve complex problems associated with understanding the structure and function of biological molecules in the context of living systems.
Students majoring in Biochemistry take a core set of courses in biology, chemistry, math, and physics through their junior year. Advanced topics in biology and chemistry electives are available for students to choose in order to complete their degrees.
Students in the Environmental Science (ESCI) program choose from one of three scientific concentrations--biology, chemistry, or geoscience--that provide in-depth knowledge in a specific discipline. They also take courses in each of the other concentrations, as well as allied courses in math, engineering, and the social sciences. Additionally, students take two "bookend" courses, which bring together ESCI majors from all of the concentrations to work on problems which require an interdisciplinary solution.
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major that explores human understanding of nervous systems, neural processing, thought, and behavior. Training in neuroscience requires a broad foundation in the natural sciences and in psychology. The major requires students to complete foundational courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and psychology, and allows students to explore the field further with upper division courses that highlight contemporary research. Flexibility in course selection at the upper division level allows further specialization in concert with student interest. Students who successfully complete this major will be well-prepared for graduate study in neuroscience or in related disciplines. For more information, visit http://www.stthomas.edu/neuroscience or email the program director at firstname.lastname@example.org.