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Biology majors study the many facets of life - its evolution, its organization from molecules through ecosystems, its diversity in form and function, and its complexity of interactions. The first two years of the curriculum provide a broad introduction to the major themes in Biology, while the final two years afford the option to continue exploring the breadth of Biology or to focus more deeply into a specific field within the discipline, such as vertebrate physiology, genetics and development, ecology, plant sciences or neuroscience.
Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae, fungi and parasitic worms with an emphasis on the beneficial and harmful roles they play in animal and plant biology as well as in the environment.
The Premedicine major provides a broad foundation in the natural sciences plus complementary subjects necessary for in-depth study and training in modern medicine.
The study of mathematics emphasizes careful problem analysis, precision of thought and expression, and the development of mathematical skills needed for work in many other areas. Theoretical mathematicians increase basic knowledge in "pure" fields like abstract algebra, analysis, or topology. Applied mathematicians use tools growing out of calculus, analysis, computing, statistics, and operations research to solve problems in science, industry, government, and other areas.
Physicists study the world around us to discover the basic principles or laws which govern the natural world. Students learn the fundamental conceptual, mathematical, computational, and experimental tools needed to study physical phenomena on length scales ranging from the very large (gravitation and cosmology), to the very small (cold atoms, nuclei, elementary particles), and everything between.
The Science major provides a broad, interdisciplinary education in the natural sciences with a curriculum designed specifically for students whose educational goals not easily met in one of the other Eberly College of Science majors or for those who need flexibility to attain their educational objectives.