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  • Plan on Attending Graduate School?

    Plan on Attending Graduate School

    Recommendations for Students Planning on Attending Graduate School

    • Start preparation early. Get information on the requirements, which vary from one school to the next, but almost always require that you take the GRE and have certain courses in your background. Fliers are posted in hall and a current copy of Peterson's Guide is in the departmental office.
    • Talk with faculty members about interests and career objectives. They can often guide you to the right places and provide helpful pointers on admissions.
    • Prepare for the GRE. Take a review course or purchase a guidebook from a bookstore. Practice taking the test. Many graduate schools are requiring minimum scores before they will consider you. There has been a pattern of emphasizing ecology and population genetics on the recent versions of the advanced test in biology. You should therefore plan to take these courses.
    • Some courses are vital for receiving serious admission consideration. Take courses related to your specific field. Talk with members of the faculty. We are glad to help.
    • Obtain some research experience, either at Wofford or through an off-campus program. You may be able to work out an Interim project at a research laboratory. Also, various universities offer summer programs. Information about these programs is posted in the hall, or you can inquire in the office.

    Senior Year

    • two, 4-hr. biology courses
    • electives
    • apply to medical schools by September 15
    • apply to graduate programs by appropriate deadline

    You Also Need

    • one course in calculus or statistics
    • additional math, computer science
    • clinical experience, taken the January interim of your sophomore or junior year

    Biology Electives

    • Fall Courses - 4 HR
      • Microbiology: 324
      • Physiology: 342
      • Plant Kingdom: 360*
      • Field Biology: 370*
      • Field Botany: 372*
    • Fall Courses - 3 HR
      • Intro. to Research: 250*
      • Evolution: 399
      • Human Genetics: 421*
      • Advanced Cell: 433*
    • Spring Courses - 4 HR
      • Developmental: 332*
      • Anatomy: 340* / 440*
      • Histology: 344
      • Ecology: 382*
      • Freshwater Biology: 386
      • Adv. Molecular : 436*
      • Neurobiology: 446*
    • Spring Courses - 3 HR
      • Developmental: 331*
      • Scientific Literature: 351*
      • Marine Biology:385
      • Immunology: 423
      • Neurobiology: 445*

    *alternate years

    Special topics courses are occasionally offered; most are three-hour classes. You may also receive hourly credit for independent research.