What are Cornerstone courses?

The cornerstone is the first, and most important, foundation stone placed during building construction. It represents the focal point that supports the structure and integrity of the building. Careers in the biological sciences require a similar foundation that enables students to understand the scientific process, and provides the knowledge and training necessary to succeed in making exciting new discoveries.

Why enroll in a Cornerstone course?

The Cornerstone courses offer a dynamic and highly interactive atmosphere that offers you hands-on experience in active research projects, and will strengthen your understanding of core concepts and practices in the life sciences.  In addition, students enrolled in Cornerstone courses acquire the practical skills needed to succeed both during their undergraduate career and after graduation as they pursue careers in a variety of fields.

What do you need to enroll in a Cornerstone course?

  • Students interested in Cornerstone must have taken (with a grade of grade of C or better):
    • BIOL 1124 and BIOL 1134, or
    • BIOL 1114, BIOL 1121, and BIOL 1134, or
    • BIOL 1124, BIOL 1134, or BIOL 1114 and BIOL 1121, AND either PBIO 1114 or CHEM 1315, or
    • permission of the instructor.
  • A lively curiosity and enthusiasm to explore unanswered questions in biology! If you are tired of sitting in lecture-based classes, the Cornerstone courses offer a dynamic and highly interactive atmosphere that offers you hands-on experience in active research projects, and will strengthen your understanding of core concepts and practices in the life sciences.
In addition, students enrolled in Cornerstone courses acquire the practical skills needed to succeed both during their undergraduate career and after graduation as they pursue careers in a variety of fields. Each Cornerstone course counts toward elective credits in the Biology major.