The Johns Hopkins Biology Department offers a rigorous program leading to B.A. and B.S. degrees,
and a five-year program leading to a combined bachelor’s/master's degree. The program guides
students as they develop a detailed, nuanced view of biology, integrating knowledge at the molecular,
cellular and organismal levels. In particular, students completing B.S. or B.A. degrees should:
- Have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for success in graduate programs in biological
sciences or in professional (medical, dental, veterinary, nursing) school.
- Understand scientific techniques used to define biological principles, distinguish between these
techniques to select one appropriate to answer the question posed, and be able to design
an experiment including selecting controls, recording observations, and drawing conclusions
based on experimental results.
- Be able to analyze and answer biologically relevant problems through the successful application
of quantitative and analytical methods.
- Know the basic building blocks of biological macromolecules, be familiar with cellular processes
and understand the subcellular and cellular organization of eukaryotic cells, including cytoskeleton
and organelles, and possess knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of living organisms.
- Be able to distinguish between the genetic organization and gene expression of viruses, prokaryotes
and eukaryotes, and describe the mechanisms of inheritance and evolution.
- Be capable of describing the organization and development of major organ systems in mammals
and other organisms, and outlining the roles of gene expression and cell-cell communication in development.
In addition, students earning a B.S. degree should:
- Integrate themes and principles learned in the classroom through conducting original research.