Biological Sciences an increasingly popular major for Carnegie Mellon undergraduates
The biological sciences are in the news now more than ever due to some high-profile events. The Human Genome Project, increased awareness and research into conditions like cancer and diabetes and the popularity of television shows such as CSI and Crossing Jordan have made science a hot subject.
The Department of Biological Sciences is experiencing the effects of this growing interest in the biology areas. Since 2000, the number of biological sciences majors has increased 45%. This year, 85 sophomores declared a primary major in biological sciences, computational biology or the unified major in biological sciences and psychology.
Currently there are 87 sophomores, 72 juniors and 62 seniors in the Department of Biological Sciences, making it the largest undergraduate program in the Mellon College of Science. And the program is set to grow even more, with more than 90 incoming freshmen attending the first-year information lunch during Orientation 2005.
Biology is even an appealing subject for those students with diverse interests. Enrollment in Modern Biology 03-121 has grown to over 300 students this semester, and nonmajor enrollment in core courses such as Biochemistry and Genetics is steadily increasing.