Combined Major

Biology+French Major

  • Complete all of the requirements for a Biology major (50 credits).
  • A total of 20 additional credits in French and Francophone Studies, comprised as follows:
    • At least 16 credits taught in French at the 200-level or above, or equivalent
    • French language courses numbered below 200 do not count toward the major.
    • Up to 8 credits may be comprised of any combination of the following:
      • Up to 4 credits from approved courses taught in English
      • Up to 8 credits transferred from off-campus studies or another institution
      • Up to 4 credits “double-dipped” with approved courses counted toward another major or minor
      • Up to 4 AP or IB credits
  • Attainment of the level of B2 or Advanced Low on a recognized language proficiency assessment (DELF, ACTFL, etc.)
  • Two or more of the following integrative components with the primary major:
    • A thesis topic that explicitly incorporates a significant portion of French/Francophone content, broadly understood. The thesis project is also expected to be sufficiently biological to satisfy the requirements for Biology 490.
    • An independent study in Biology conducted substantially in French. If done during the academic year, this option may also earn 1 or 2 credits for Biology 481 or 482, which can be applied toward the Biology general elective requirements.
    • A grade of B or higher in a Biology course taught in French (normally only an option through off-campus studies)
    • A research experience or internship related to Biology, conducted in French
    • An oral presentation of the senior project (or equivalent) in French, for a general public audience
    • Portfolio + reflective essay in French
  • Complete the senior self-evaluation survey about the student’s combined major experience.
  • Honors
    • Determined according to the criteria for the Biology major
  • Notes
    • Within the 8-credit transfer limitation, any university-level courses taught entirely in French may count toward the French requirements, regardless of topic.
    • Biology+French candidates have a major advisor in Biology, and a second advisor from French and Francophone Studies who works with them to define and assess the integrative component. Students should approach a French advisor as soon as possible after declaring their primary major.
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