Fall 2019

Biology Placement Exams

The Biology Placement Exams have been scheduled for Wednesday, August 28th from 6pm to 8pm, room TBA. Students may sit for only 1 exam. To register, please email the undergraduate coordintaor ( with your PennID number. Please remember to bring your PennID to the exam.  


Fall 2017

Biology Submatriculation Master's Program

A research-intensive program for Biology majors interested in combining classroom knowledge with a comprehensive and rigorous lab experience.

For more information on this new program, students are encouraged to attend a brief information session to be held in the Tedori Family Auditorium (Levin Building) at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19th. Dr. Dustin Brisson is the faculty Director for the Submatricualtion Program.  


Biology placement exams being offered for incoming students

Commencing in Fall 2017, the Biology Department will begin offering placement exams for BIOL 101, BIOL 102, and BIOL 121 to incoming students only. Going forward, these placement exams will be offered annually at the start of the Fall semester. Students can download the syllabus for each course by clicking the respective course links above. 

The Fall 2017 Placement exams are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 29th, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. in Leidy, Room 10. Incoming students will be allowed to sit for one examination; please download the course syllabi to determine which exam best fits your background. If you do intend to sit for one of the exams, email the Undergraduate Coordinator at to be placed on the list. 


Fall 2015

Change in introductory biology courses

Beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, BIOL 121/123 will be offered in the fall semester only.
BIOL 101 will be offered in both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 and BIOL 102 will be offered in Spring 2016.

In subsequent years, we will continue to offer BIOL 121 only in the fall and BIOL 101 and 102 will be offered in both semesters.


Spring 2015

The Biology Department announces a new concentration option, Mechanisms of Disease. This concentration is available to the Class of 2017 and later.

The concentration in Molecular Biology has been modified and is now the concentration in Molecular and Cell Biology. Students currently in the Molecular Biology concentration can follow the old requirements or they can choose to switch to the Molecular and Cell Biology requirements. Students declaring the concentration in Spring 2015 and later must follow the new requirements.


Change in Track 1 requirements for the general major: 

BIOL 124 Introductory Organismal Biology Lab is no longer required for Biology majors. For the Class of 2016 and later, Biology majors following Track 1 are no longer required to take BIOL 124 as part of their introductory requirements. BIOL 124 is recommended for those students who need a second semester of Biology laboratory to meet pre-medical and other pre-professional requirements. The number of intermediate level courses for Track 1 students remains at 4; Track 1 students are required to complete a total of 15.5 credits for the major.