Organismal Biology

This major provides a research-and-field-oriented background for students interested in research careers in either physiology or ecology/evolution and their allied fields. For further information, consult with the organismal biology/ecology faculty, Professors Copp, McFarlane, Preest, or Thomson.

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 organismal biology major of the W.K.Keck Science Department provides students with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage and evaluate biological science issues and innovations in the wider world, and to take leadership roles in fields including research, health and veterinary professions, and environmental management.

Students majoring in Organismal Biology should be able to:

  1. Articulate the foundational scientific principles and findings in physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology.
  2. Apply foundational principles, especially evolution, in different biological subdisciplines.
  3. Refine critical, analytical, and scientific thinking skills by developing scientific questions and using a variety of research tools and methods towards answering them.
  4. Read, understand, and critique original research articles.
  5. Use appropriate quantitative approaches for data analysis, data presentation, and modeling.
  6. Articulate how science relates to current problems in the modern world, especially contemporary concerns such as conservation biology, climate change, and ecosystem degradation.