Foundations Biology Course

Yale’s biology departments (EEB), MCDB and MB&B) have combined efforts to launch a 2 semester Foundations Biology course consisting of four one-half credit modules.  The completion of all these modules is an excellent foundation for any student contemplating a career in the health sciences professions, irrespective of major. 

Edgar Benavides and Thomas Loreng are the course coordinators for the foundations biology modules and should be contacted if you have questions.  Dr. Loreng coordinates the BIOL series that start in Spring term (BIOL 101/102) and conclude in Fall term (BIOL 103/104).  Edgar Benavides coordinates the BIOL series that start in Fall term (BIOL 101/102) and conclude in Spring term (BIOL 103/104).

Placement Exam - Requirement

Students can place out the BIOL sequence based on consideration of high school preparation with permission of the DUS and/or by taking the Yale administered placement exam. The placement exam can be accessed via the Canvas site entitled “Course Placement 2021 (BIOL, CHEM, ECON, MATH, PHYS).” From here, a link to BIOL placement exam Canvas can be found. There is a placement exam for each of the modules (BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 103, and BIOL 104), as four separate short exams that will be offered to anyone who wishes to take them. The format and style for each module will be slightly different, as they are written by different faculty members; however, students may expect a mix of multiple-choice and short-answer questions. More information can be found on the Canvas site entitled, “BIOLOGY PLACEMENT EXAM 2021.”

Where instructions are located: More information can be found on the BIOL Placement Exam Canvas, entitled, “BIOLOGY PLACEMENT EXAM 2021.” The BIOL Placement Exam Canvas can also be accessed via the Canvas site entitled “Course Placement 2021 (BIOL, CHEM, ECON, MATH, PHYS).” You must join the course in order to access the exams. Otherwise, you will get an error message that the exams are locked.

Where and when results are posted: Check the Canvas site entitled “Course Placement 2021 (BIOL, CHEM, ECON, MATH, PHYS).” Results will be posted sometime in August. An Announcement will be made once results can be accessed. 

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