We offer several introductory courses: 1001, 1002, and the 1500-series. BIOL BC1001 is a foundational course, which can be followed by the 1500-series (for science majors or pre-health students) or BIOL BC1002 (for non-science majors wishing to fulfill the Lab Science GER). To determine which introductory Biology course to take, use the following table as a guide.
Little Experience with Biology
Strong background in Biology
Goal: Science major or pre-health career
Start by taking 1001 in the Fall. Then, take 1502/03 in the Spring, and 1500/01 the following Fall
Take 1500/01 in the Fall, and 1502/03 in the Spring
Goal: Fulfill lab science GER**
Take 1001 in the Fall, and 1002 in the Spring
(a) take 1001 in the Fall, and 1002 in the Spring**
(b) take 1500/01 in the Fall, and 1502/03 in the Spring
** If your goal is to fulfill the Lab Science GER and you received AP Biology scores of 4-5 (or IB Biology scores of 5-7), then you do not need to take the 1001 (Fall) course. You simply have to take one additional Barnard Biology course. It could be BIOL BC1500/01 (Fall), BIOL BC1502/03 (Spring), or BIOL BC1002 (Spring).
BIOL BC 1001 (Fall course) is a foundational course intended for less experienced biologists and/or non-science majors. This course is a good first course for students with little background in Biology, but intend to major in Biology and/or pursue a pre-health career. This is also a good first course for non-science majors wishing to fulfill the Lab Science GER. This course introduces basic concepts of cell biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Students who take the 1001 (Fall course), can take either 1502/03 or 1002 in the Spring, depending on their goals (see below).
The BIOL BC1500 series (BIOL BC1500/01 and 1502/03) is targeted at prospective biology majors and pre-health students, although non-majors are certainly welcome. This course is most appropriate for students with more than one biology course in high school, AP/IB Biology, or a strong interest in the field. Although most students begin the BC1500-series in the Fall semester, it is perfectly acceptable to begin in the Spring semester. The Fall semester lecture (BC1500) and lab (BC1501) courses focus on evolutionary and organismal biology. The Spring semester lecture (BC1502) and lab (BC1503) courses focus on cell and molecular biology.
BIOL BC1002 (Spring course) is intended solely for non-majors wishing to fulfill the Lab Science GER. The 1001 Fall course OR appropriate scores on AP/IB Biology exams is a prerequisite for this course. Topics include human physiology, microbiology, and global ecology.
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Lab Times Offered
(Subject to Change)
T 9am- 12pm
T 1pm -4pm
W 10am- 1pm
*W 2pm – 5pm
*Not offered for BC1002 Spring 2014
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911 Altschul Hall