While several academic departments offer various minors available to biology students, several courses offered by the Biology Department fulfill the two Biochemistry and Neuroscience minors. The links below indicate what course requirements are eligible for the two sub-fields. Biology is also home to the Pre-Health programs for students interested in health professions including dentistry, medicine, and veterinary medicine.
The Office of Pre-Health Advising is part of the Academic Division (Dean of the College Office) and is here to provide support and advice for students and alumni who are considering a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other health professions.
The Biochemistry program at Carleton rests on the close cooperation between the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. Emerging as a recognized discipline early in the last century, biochemistry has grown into a vast subject that spans several established disciplines. Fundamentally, biochemistry seeks to establish an understanding of biological phenomena at a molecular level.
The Carleton College neuroscience minor weaves together courses from biology and psychology to provide a strong foundation. We recognize the broad spectrum of topics that neuroscience touches in our choice of electives, which come from many departments including linguistics, philosophy, computer science, and music, as well as psychology and biology.
In an era of remarkable scientific creativity and discovery, we recognize that training in the latest scientific knowledge is necessary, but not sufficient, to prepare future leaders in science and medicine. We must also prepare students to make intellectual connections across contexts, to adapt ideas to new situations, and to address ill-structured problems in multidisciplinary teams. We must prepare them to be integrative learners.
The science and math faculty at Carleton College aspire to help students learn to transfer, apply, and synthesize their classroom learning into a coherent and usable body of knowledge. We provide multiple opportunities for students to practice using this knowledge in research, teaching, and real-world problem solving.