Integrated Biology and Chemistry

Examine life from atoms to molecules to cells to species to ecosystems. Learn by doing through unprecedented access to our unique learning environment of forests, shorelines, and exceptional lab facilities.

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Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

At Evergreen, we recognize and value that biology and chemistry are integrally connected. On the cellular level, metabolic processes are chemical reactions, while on a larger scale, ecosystems are greatly influenced by nutrient cycling. Likewise, many of the most exciting frontiers in chemistry are influenced by biology. For example, natural-product chemists try to isolate and optimize new drugs from plants. Enzymes provide models for new and environmentally friendly catalysts.

  • Study chemical reactions critical to living systems, and their relationship to finding cures for diseases.
  • Analyze trace metals in terrestrial and coastal ecosystems.
  • Solve problems using both biological and chemical perspectives.
  • Share your passion for science.

Toxicology and public health rely on understanding how molecules move through the environment and how they can damage cells and organisms. Because of the close relationships between these disciplines, we teach them together, drawing explicit connections between the two. This interdisciplinary study is superior to traditional education where the two fields are taught separately. If you’re interested in exploring activities like this and want to learn by doing, this is the place for you.

You will be prepared for jobs in laboratories, universities, or industry, and ready to earn a graduate degree. Go on to become a physician, dentist, veterinarian, or attorney. Or earn a teaching certificate so you can teach in high-demand science in K-12 schools. You’ll also be prepared sales and marketing in science-related industries. The possibilities are limited only by your energy and ambition.

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    This Path can prepare you for careers in

    • Medicine and public health
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Chemistry
    • Biochemistry and biotechnology
    • Analytical laboratories
    • Pharmacology
    • Technical support and sales for technology industries
    • Education
    • Dentistry

    Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path

    • Health profession
    • Chemistry, biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology
    • Environmental studies
    • Public health
    Faculty on this Path
    Title Expertise
    Bond, Robin analytical chemistry
    Bopegedera, Dharshi physical chemistry
    Brabban, Andrew biology, genetics, microbiology
    Chowdary, Krishna physics
    Dirks, Clarissa biology, virology, molecular biology
    Kugel, Amanda anatomy, physiology
    LeRoy, Carri freshwater ecology, quantitative biology, environmental education
    McKinstry, Lydia organic chemistry
    Murray, Nancy neurobiology
    Neitzel, James biology, biochemistry
    Paros, Michael veterinary medicine
    Prouty, Carolyn health science, public health, bioethics
    Schofield, Paula organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry
    Catalog Offerings for 2021-22
    Title Paths Class Standing Credits
    Anthrozoology
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Applied Microbiology and Organic Chemistry
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Atoms, Molecules and Reactions
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16
    Chemistry Counts!
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Climate Change: Language and Science
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Counting on the Brain
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Counting on the Brain: Animal Behavior, the Human Mind and Mathematics
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Developmental Biology
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Environmental Biology and Chemistry
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Integrated Natural Sciences
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Precalculus I
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Precalculus II
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4

    Programs planned 2021-25

    Preparatory

    • Analyzing Permaculture Systems
    • Mathematics in Geology
    • Chemistry Counts

    Exploratory

    • Integrated Natural Sciences (annual)
    • General Biology (annual)

    Advanced

    • Molecule to Organism (annual)
    • Environmental Analysis (2020-21 and every 2 years)
    • Atoms, Molecules and Reactions (2021-22 and every 2 years)
    • Environmental Biology and Chemistry (2021-22 and every 2 years)

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