The biology department offers you an unusually wide range of opportunities to explore a topic, issue or problem using the conceptual framework and tools of more than one academic discipline through interdisciplinary academic centers, programs and majors.

Interdisciplinary Majors

View the related majors page for links to these three interdisciplinary majors: behavioral neuroscience; environmental studies; ethnobotany; biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology.

Interdisciplinary Academic Centers

The centers offer biological science students unique programs that encourage the exploration of important issues across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Through four of these centers, you can earn a certificate by completing a two-year program of coursework, a summer internship and a senior integrative project, in addition to the requirements of your major. You'll apply in your sophomore year. Learn more about the centers.

The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program that draws and on the expertise and interests of faculty and students in the departments of biology, botany, chemistry, economics, government, philosophy and physics to address contemporary ecological challenges. The Goodwin-Niering Center certificate program is designed to enhance the undergraduate experience with a strong concentration on environmental issues. It enables students of any major who are ready for an additional academic challenge to cultivate their interest in environmental topics through coursework, an internship or research experience, and a senior integrative project.