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Undergraduate Program

Biology is a diverse and exciting field. Both as preparation for specific professional careers and as the focus of a general liberal arts curriculum, a major in Biology is an excellent choice for many Stanford students. The Biology major can serve as a stepping-stone for a wide variety of career opportunities, such as medical, dental, or veterinary school, or for a graduate program in the biological and applied sciences. It can also serve as a valuable and satisfying focus of a liberal arts education for those not planning careers in science-related fields.

Throughout these pages, students will find information from courses, how to declare the major and complete requirements to resources on campus for career services, advising, and research opportunities:



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Our peer and staff advisors would love to answer your questions about the major.

How to Declare

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Follow these simple steps to declare a major in Biology.

The Major


There are 3 ways to complete the Biology major. See which one is right for you.

Honors Program

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The honors program allows students to complete a substantial piece of independent Biological research. Honors students may also pursue a specialized field of study within the major.


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Learn more about opportunities to get involved in research, both in the Biology department and in other departments around campus. Additional information for summer research students.

The Minor

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Biology is a diverse and exciting field. For students with an interest in the field but not enough time to complete the major, a minor in Biology is an excellent choice for many Stanford students.

The Senior Reflection

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Students are invited to undertake a year-long capstone experience in lieu of or in addition to an honors thesis.

Studying Away From Campus

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Yes, you CAN spend a quarter off campus and graduate in 4 years. Many programs fulfill requirements in the Biology major.

Transfer Credit

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If you are a transfer student or a student who took courses at another institution, learn how to transfer your courses for credit toward the Biology major.



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