Biology

Biology entails the study of the entire process of life from its beginning, through its development, reproduction, and to its cessation and decay. Many of the new developments and discoveries in this dynamic field are the result of interdisciplinary cooperation between biologists, chemists, physicists, and computer scientists. These researchers have added considerably to our understanding of the basic principles and mechanisms of living systems at cellular, molecular, organismic, population, and ecological levels.

Career opportunities for those who major in biology are numerous. Besides being one of the traditional preparatory fields for those pursuing careers as health care professionals, biology is an excellent choice of major for those interested in secondary education or in the burgeoning genetic engineering industry. And, of course, the areas of academic and industrial research are open to those who pursue a PhD in the discipline.

Scripps Faculty

Rita Roberts
Professor of History and Africana Studies

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Damien Sojoyner
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

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Sheila Walker
Professor of Psychology
Chair, Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies

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Intercollegiate Faculty

Aitel, Fazia Associate Professor, Claremont McKenna College
Basu, Dipannita Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Pitzer College
Bonaparte, Alicia Assistant Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College
Daut, Marlene Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University
Fairchild, Halford Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies, Pitzer College
Harris, Laura Professor of English and World Literature and Africana Studies, Pitzer College
Hurley, Eric Associate Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies, Pomona College
KaMala, KaMala Assistant Professor of Psychology, Pitzer College
Lemelle, Sidney Professor of History and Black Studies and Chair of the History Department, Pomona College
Lytle, Gwendolyn Professor of Music and Resident Artist, Pomona College
Mayes, April Associate Professor of History, Pomona College
Perkins, Linda Associate Professor of Education, Claremont Graduate University
Shelton, Marie-Denise Professor, Claremont McKenna College
Smith, Darryl Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College
Wimbush, Vincent Professor of Religion , Claremont Graduate University

Student Learning Outcomes

The biology major aims to provide students with skills and knowledge to effectively engage and evaluate biological issues and innovations in the wider world, and to prepare them as leaders in research, biotechnology, and health-related career fields.

A biology major should be able to:

  1. Understand foundational scientific principles and findings in the student’s major field of biology.
  2. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills by developing specific hypotheses and designing controlled experiments to test those hypotheses.
  3. Read, understand, and critique original research articles.