Each year all biology majors are required to take the Comprehensive exam. In addition, the incoming freshmen are also tested in the Fall. This is a 200 multiple-choice question exam that provides the department with a yearly snapshot of the program.
For students, the exam provides a way to assess how you are progressing in various areas of biology, how you are doing relative to previous years and how prepared you are for continuing education or a job on graduation. Lastly, since the exam you took as an incoming freshman will usually be the same one you take as a graduating senior, you will be able to see how you have changed over the years.
Since the exam is modeled from our Biology core curriculum, it is a useful tool for assessing student progress through the Biology program. Completion of the Comprehensive Exam in your senior year is a graduation requirement.