General Recommendations for Biology Courses

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If you intend to major in biology, please read through the detailed First-Year Planning Guide before selecting your first Cornell biology courses.

If you do not intend to major in biology but need to take biology courses to fulfill medical, veterinary, or dental school requirements, you might consider adding one of the following courses to your schedule:
 

  • BIOMG 1350, Introductory Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology
     
  • BIOG1440: Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology, OR 
  • BIOG 1445: Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology, Individualized Instruction
     
  • BIOG 1500: Investigative Biology Laboratory

For more detailed information on the content of these courses and advice on when they should be taken, please consult the First-Year Planning Guide and the Health Careers Guide available through Cornell Career Services.

If you do not intend to major in biology, but would like to take a biology course out of general interest, you are welcome to enroll in any of the introductory biology courses, especially if you are looking for an in-depth coverage of narrower topics in the field. You may also wish to consider enrolling in BIOG 1140, Foundations of Biology.

Regardless of the nature of your interest in biology, you might also enjoy participating in a one credit, S/U, Biology 1250 Seminar. These seminars introduce small groups of students to a topic in biology while developing their critical thinking skills and exposing them to various areas of research.