BISC 113 Exploration of Organismal Biology with Laboratory

An exploration of the central questions, concepts, and methods of experimental analysis in selected areas of organismal biology, designed as an alternative to BISC 111 for students with strong high school preparation (such as AP, IB, or other). Topics include: the evolution and diversification of life, the form and function of plants and animals, and ecological interactions among organisms, with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and science writing.


Lab sections are shared with BISC 111. This course differs from BISC 111 in its smaller class size, a seminar-style format, and a focus on discussion of landmark scientific studies that shape this field; it meets for one discussion and one lab session per week. Either BISC 110/BISC 112 or BISC 111/BISC 113 may be taken first. 

One Fall section of this course is a First-Year Seminar, reserved for first-year students only.


A score of 4 or 5 on the Biology AP exam or equivalent experience or permission of instructor. Fulfillment of the basic skills component of the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Not open to students who have taken BISC 111.



Semesters Offered

Fall, Spring

Degree Requirements


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