Life Sciences
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Exploring the entirety of the natural world, from tiny microbes to complex ecosystems

Life Sciences introduces students to the interdisciplinary nature of the life sciences, discussing topics such as molecular biology, human genetics, ecology, evolution, conservation, and ethics, among other subjects in the context of the life sciences and how they interface with politics, religion, medicine, and the arts.

Students are exposed to working scientists through lectures and seminars, go on local and regional field trips, have the opportunity to participate in international travel-study programs, work in small groups to research and prepare presentations on selected topics each semester, and participate in a research or experiential internship. As students connect life sciences topics with current events in American and global politics as well as major historical events, they begin to appreciate science not only as a content area but as a way of knowing the natural world.

This program creates a close community of students who share a common passion for life sciences, broadly defined and who can connect this passion to their world.


Active Learning

Understanding the importance of interdisciplinary learning, Life Sciences merges inside-the-classroom experiences with outside-the-classroom opportunities. Students connect what they have learned in class with practical experiences such as field trips, lab visits, internships, and international travel.

Life Sciences students have taken boating trips in the Chesapeake Bay, camping trips in Western Maryland, field trips to the Smithsonian Institution, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Aquarium, and travel–study trips to Alaska, Australia, and Belize.

Colloquium and Lecture Topics

  • Evolution and its Implications for Modern Human Health
  • Understanding the Body; Case Studies in Pathophysiology
  • The History of Human Preservation
  • Molecules that Changed our World: The Interface between Chemistry, History and Technology

Curriculum Overview

The following table represents a typical four-year curriculum, but individual schedules may vary. Details about courses and requirements can be found on the Life Sciences Citation Checklist.

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Freshman Fall   Freshman Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 1 Scholars Colloquium 1
Introduction to the University 1 4–5 Courses toward degree and major requirements (including Principles of Biology I) 12-16
3–4 Courses toward degree and major requirements (including Principles of Biology II and General Chemistry I with Lab) 10-14    
Sophomore Fall   Sophomore Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 1 Scholars Practicum 2-3
4–5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-16 3-4 Courses toward degree and major requirements 9-12