BSc in Biology

From molecules to ecosystems — understand patterns and processes of life.

Introduction

For centuries, human beings have been fascinated with questions about life, how it propagates and where we come from. Biology studies living organisms and life processes to answer these questions.

Our programme encourages you to observe and explore the life around you while making connections across disciplines. We equip you with quantitative skills and the ability to conduct independent work. 

Our programme is focused on understanding the uses and relevance of biology and education. We train you to read biological texts, learn skills for conducting experiments, data analysis and visualisation, and understand how knowledge is created in this scientific discipline. 


WE BRING YOU INTERDISCIPLINARY OPENNESS

Our degree encourages you to explore and follow your interests. We design our courses to ensure that you can specialise in a subject of your choice while learning a variety of subjects across disciplines.

A COMMON CURRICULUM FOR ALL STUDENTS

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of your degree to build all the tools you need for your three years of study. This includes foundational courses, an understanding of India, interdisciplinary studies, and a workshop in creative expressions.

WE OFFER ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE

We provide active academic assistance and ensure that you are able to meet the requirements of the academic programme to fulfil your aspirations.

WE ENSURE FINANCIAL SUPPORT 

We ensure that no student has to drop out of university because of financial trouble or social disadvantage. We provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Living on campus

We believe that learning happens inside and outside the classroom, and that in living together that our students can meet and encounter diverse people from different social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. Our campus has a range of activities from discussion groups to sports and clubs for our students and faculty to interact with each other and build meaningful relationships over three years of study.

Course structure

Our courses provide a rigorous and integrative exposure to the life sciences. Our programme ensures that you:

  • Learn about length and time scales: from molecules to ecosystems, from milliseconds to millenia.
  • Understand the relationship of disciplines within biology and the field of biology to other branches of science.
  • Are aware of the relevance of biological tools and techniques to understand how to sensitively address the relationship between the life sciences and society. 
  • Read biological texts and work with experimental skills to work in academia and the laboratory.
  • Grow familiar with data analysis and visualisation techniques. 

You can choose between:

BSc in Biology (84 credits)

This is elementary for the undergraduate degree with a Major in Biology.

BSc in Biology with Honours (96 credits)

We offer you the opportunity to take up an additional research project around a topic and work closely with a member of the faculty to write a thesis, and study additional courses.

We believe that it is important that you understand the broader contexts of each discipline and the porous borders between them. We encourage you to make links between your chosen field of study and the world in which we live.

You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of the year for this set of courses. and build the tools you will need for your years of study. We introduce you to different modes of thought and themes, including writing and communication skills, strong critical abilities, a facility for language, and the ability to connect ideas across fields of study and inquiry.

  • Foundations

    These courses will help you develop a toolkit to prepare for your undergraduate study. You will develop your critical reading and writing skills and communication abilities.

    The key areas you will work on are language capacities, reading, writing and speaking. We will work with different forms of writing, ranging from autobiographical writing to mappings and note-taking. These classes will include classroom discussions, presentations, collaborative works, group work and practicums.

  • Creative Expressions

    We relate to the world not only through the intellect but also with our bodies and creative abilities.

    In this set of courses and workshops, you will explore aesthetic, physical and expressive traditions. You can choose workshops in art, music, theatre, dance and sports or fitness. You will develop a guided self-study and choose to learn a sport, art or craft. You could make a performance, produce a piece of work or build a portfolio.

    We offer you a chance to play cricket, basketball, table tennis, or even practice Yoga, Tai Chi or the martial arts. You can choose music, painting, sculpture, dance or photography.

  • Understanding India

    In these courses, we will explore the nature and diversity of the Indian experience. We study the vast diversity of historical, cultural and linguistic aspects that define Indianness.

    You will learn to understand how the subcontinent has changed in its environment, across geography, geology and territory. We will think together about debates on the people who live here, their culture, and the larger questions around population and inequality. Most importantly, we examine the many structures that organise Indian society.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    You can choose one interdisciplinary area of study of four courses and a field internship of two weeks.

    These courses are about current Indian and global scenarios, whether social, political, cultural or ecological conditions.

We help you study biological phenomena across scales of space and time and concepts around these. We explore how history and society have impacted biology as a discipline and vice versa.

Our core courses sometimes require an understanding of other scientific disciplines, and to ensure that you are able to study with ease, we offer you supportive courses in methods, chemistry, mathematics and physics. 

You can choose additional subjects in biology according to your interests in areas you want to learn more about. You can also select three courses from elective courses in Ecology and Environment or Computational and Integrative Biology.

  • Ecology and Environment

    This track is designed for students who are interested in ecology and environmental biology. It will build upon fundamental concepts of ecology covered in the Introduction to Biology courses and allow students to gain a deeper understanding of methods used to study our natural surroundings and the effect of human activity on our environment.

  • Computational and Integrative Biology

    This track is designed for students who are keen on understanding molecular and cellular scale processes through multiple perspectives including computational analysis and physical laws. Students will be able to appreciate why multiple perspectives are needed to study phenomena operating at a range of time and length scales (such as development).

We give you the option to engage in a deeper way with a subdiscipline of biology. To do an Honours degree, you need to study additional courses and evolve a project to research, present and write as a thesis. We will train you to pose scientific questions, conceptualise hypotheses, conduct experiments and document your results. 

For this pathway, you need to study additional courses, as well as choose between Ecology and Environment or Computational and Integrative Biology for your Honours work. 

  • Ecology and Environment

    This track is designed for students who are interested in ecology and environmental biology. It will build upon fundamental concepts of ecology covered in the Introduction to Biology courses and allow students to gain a deeper understanding of methods used to study our natural surroundings and the effect of human activity on our environment.

  • Computational and Integrative Biology

    This track is designed for students who are keen on understanding molecular and cellular scale processes through multiple perspectives including computational analysis and physical laws. Students will be able to appreciate why multiple perspectives are needed to study phenomena operating at a range of time and length scales (such as development).

Total 96 credits

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