Majors and Minors

 

The Biology Major at Agnes Scott College is one of the best options for women in STEM 

The Biology major at Agnes Scott College meets the stringent requirements for graduate schools and medical school, while providing more opportunities to women in STEM than most any other Biology program. 

Women in STEM will require the following skills:

  1. Ability to design an effective experiment, analyze the data with statistics, draw important conclusions, and present the research.
  2. Critically read scientific literature.
  3. Apply knowledge learned in order to solve a problem.
  4. Work in pairs or teams utilizing leadership skills.
  5. Excellent scientific communication, both written and orally.

So how are these STEM skills different at Agnes Scott compared to other colleges?

Agnes Scott’s major in Biology offers 7 distinct advantages over other colleges:

liberal arts, SUMMIT, research, experience, Faculty to student ratio, Female voices, and diversity. 

  1. Liberal Arts

Small Liberal arts colleges offer STEM students the ability to connect what they are learning in science with other coursework. This enhances their ability to think critically and view science in the context of other topics. Liberal arts colleges are focused on the best practices in teaching and because of that, the STEM education is focused on what current research supports as the best way to teach STEM courses at the undergraduate level. This means that the STEM courses at Agnes Scott are planned and executed based on research of what students need at the undergraduate level. 

  1. SUMMIT

SUMMIT in the liberal arts not only allows students to benefit from more opportunities in STEM, it also trains students in the areas of global and leadership that are vital to understanding the role of science in the greater global community.

  1. Research

Agnes Scott requires all Biology majors to gain research or internship experiences. These experiences allow majors to determine what career path they are most interested in. Because Agnes Scott has a low faculty to student ratio, faculty are able to get to know their students and help tailor fit a research or internship experience that best suites each student.

  1. Experienced Faculty

The Biology major is still relatively new to most campuses, in particular liberal arts. Many small liberal arts don’t offer a Biology major. However, Agnes Scott began the Biology major over 10 years ago, giving us experience in teaching Biology in the liberal arts setting.

  1. Teacher to student ratio

Colleges with small faculty to student ratios like Agnes Scott allow more research opportunities as well as the ability to directly meet and converse with the professors in a given STEM class. In each of our STEM classes, faculty members have a small enough class size to know each of the students by name. This allows for more detailed and stronger letters of recommendation.

  1. Female Voices

Agnes Scott offers women in STEM a voice. Women in STEM are often overshadowed in the male-dominated STEM fields. The women in our STEM classes are able to voice opinions and questions without being overshadowed in these typically male-dominated fields.

  1. Diversity

According to the data for the past two years, Agnes Scott STEM majors do not have a racial or ethnic majority. The diversity represented in our STEM majors makes our STEM classes stronger. When more racial and ethnic backgrounds are represented, there is an increase in the opinions and problem-solving that are also represented. This allows our STEM majors to contribute different insights as they critically evaluate problems, making each of us a stronger scientist.

  

Requirements for the Biology Major

 Biology Major Planning Sheet

Requirements for the Biology Major: 

38 credits minimum excluding 100, 108, 150, 201 and 380 as defined below:

  • Biology 110, 111; seminar and research (491, 492, 493, 494, 495 or 496) or approved research experience.
  • Seven additional biology courses.
  • Chemistry 150, 150L, and two of the following Chemistry courses: 220 with lab, 230, 240 with lab, 280 with lab
  • Mathematics 115; and 117, 118 or 119

Requirements for the Biology Minor:

  • Biology 110, 111, and three additional courses at the 200-level or above.