Biology Major

Area of Emphasis

Students must complete requirements in one of the following areas of emphasis:

  • Animal Biology
    • Animal Biology (Accelerated) - Integrated with graduate Environmental Science & Policy program
  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Emphasis
  • Biology for Educators
  • Cell/Molecular
  • Ecology and Conservation
    • Ecology and Conservation (Accelerated) - Integrated with graduate Environmental Science & Policy Program
  • Microbiology
  • Pre-Veterinary

Animal Biology 

Supporting Courses25-29
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics (choose one course):
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Environmental Statistics
Environmental GIS
Writing (choose one course): 1
Technical Writing
Research and Rhetoric
Upper Level Courses30-33
Required courses
Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Plant Physiology
Comparative Physiology
Cell or Microbiology (choose one):
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology
Choose 12-14 credits from the following courses:
Genetics Laboratory
Plant Biodiversity
Field Botany
Environmental Microbiology
Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
Ichthyology
Ornithology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Comparative Physiology
Entomology
Marine Biology
Aquatic Invertebrates
Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics
Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology Laboratory
Environmental GIS
Stream Ecology
Limnology
Human Physiology
Human Physiology Laboratory
Neurobiology
Immunology
Immunology Lab
Endocrinology
Wetland Ecology
Seminar, 1 credit required
Biology Seminar
Total Credits55-62

Animal Biology (Accelerated) - Integrated with graduate Environmental Science & Policy program  

Supporting Courses25-29
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics (choose one course):
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Environmental Statistics
Environmental GIS
Writing (choose one course): 1
Technical Writing
Research and Rhetoric
Upper Level Courses30-33
Required courses
Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Plant Physiology #
Comparative Physiology
Cell or Microbiology (choose one):
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology #
Choose 12-14 credits from the following courses:
Genetics Laboratory
Plant Biodiversity #
Field Botany #
Environmental Microbiology #
Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
Ichthyology #
Ornithology #
Mammalogy #
Animal Behavior
Comparative Physiology
Entomology #
Marine Biology #
Aquatic Invertebrates
Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics #
Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology Laboratory
Environmental GIS #
Stream Ecology #
Limnology #
Human Physiology #
Human Physiology Laboratory
Neurobiology
Immunology
Immunology Lab
Endocrinology
Seminar, 1 credit required
Biology Seminar
Total Credits55-62

Aquaculture

Supporting Courses28
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Laboratory Safety
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics (choose one course):
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Environmental Statistics
Environmental GIS
Writing (choose one course):
Research and Rhetoric
Technical Writing
Upper Level Courses36
Required Courses
Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Ichthyology
Early Life History of Fish
Introduction to Aquaculture
Advanced Aquaculture
Bio-Organic Chemistry
and Bio-Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Limnology
Cell or Microbiology (choose one):
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology
Choose one of the following courses:
Evolutionary Biology
Comparative Physiology
Seminar1
Biology Seminar
Total Credits65

Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries 

Supporting Courses28
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Laboratory Safety
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics (choose one course):
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Environmental Statistics
Environmental GIS
Writing (choose one course):
Research and Rhetoric
Technical Writing
Upper Level Courses36
Required Courses
Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Microbiology
Comparative Physiology
Early Life History of Fish
Wetland Ecology
Choose one of the following courses:
Ichthyology
Aquatic Invertebrates
Choose one of the following courses:
Stream Ecology
Limnology
Choose one of the following courses:
Fisheries Research and Management
Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics
Seminar1
Biology Seminar
Total Credits65

Biology for Educators 

Supporting Courses25-29
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics (choose one course):
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Environmental Statistics
Environmental GIS
Writing (choose one course):
Technical Writing
Research and Rhetoric
Upper Level Courses30-33
Required courses
Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Plant Physiology
Comparative Physiology
Cell or Microbiology (choose one course):
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
Choose 12-14 credits of the following areas:
Animal Biology (minimum of one course):
Genetics Laboratory
Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
Ornithology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Comparative Physiology
Invertebrate Biology
Entomology
Aquatic Invertebrates
Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology Laboratory
Ecology and Conservation Biology (minimum of one course):
Plant Biodiversity
Field Botany
Ornithology
Mammalogy
Invertebrate Biology
Entomology
Conservation Biology
Capstone in Environmental Science
Travel Course
Cell/Molecular Biology (minimum of one course):
Genetics Laboratory
Cell Biology
Mycology
Principles of Microbiology
Advanced Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory
Immunology
Immunology Lab
Endocrinology
Seminar, 1 credit required
Biology Seminar
Total Credits55-62

Cell/Molecular

Supporting Courses28-29
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics (choose one course):
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Environmental Statistics
Environmental GIS
Writing (choose one course): 1
Technical Writing
Research and Rhetoric
Upper Level Courses30-33
Required courses
Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Cell Biology
Cell Biology Laboratory
Evolutionary Biology
Plant Physiology
Comparative Physiology
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
Molecular Biology
Minimum of 4 credits of the following courses:
Bio-Organic Chemistry
and Bio-Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Choose a minimum of 5 credits from the following courses:
Genetics Laboratory
Mycology
Environmental Microbiology
Advanced Microbiology
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology Laboratory
Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory
Immunology
Immunology Lab
Endocrinology
Seminar, 1 credit required
Biology Seminar
Total Credits58-62

Ecology and Conservation

Supporting Courses25-29
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics (choose one course):
Introduction to Software Design
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Writing (choose one course): 1
Technical Writing
Research and Rhetoric
Upper Level Courses30-33
Required Courses
Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Conservation Biology
Cell or Microbiology (choose one):
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
Physiology Course (choose one):
Plant Physiology
Comparative Physiology
Choose a minimum of 8 credits from the following courses:
Plant Biodiversity
Plant Physiology
Mycology
Field Botany
Environmental Microbiology
Ornithology
Mammalogy
Entomology
Aquatic Invertebrates
Stream Ecology
Marine Biology
Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics
Environmental GIS
Limnology
Capstone in Environmental Science
Wetland Ecology
Travel Course
Seminar, 1 credit required
Biology Seminar
Total Credits55-62

Ecology and Conservation (Accelerated) - Integrated with graduate Environmental Science & Policy program 

Supporting Courses25-29
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics (choose one course):
Introduction to Software Design
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Writing (choose one course): 1
English Composition II: Composition and Rhetoric
Technical Writing
Upper Level Courses30-33
Required Courses
Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Conservation Biology
Cell or Microbiology (Choose one):
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
Physiology Course (choose one):
Plant Physiology
Comparative Physiology
Choose a minimum of 8 credits from the following courses:
Plant Biodiversity #
Plant Physiology #
Mycology #
Field Botany #
Environmental Microbiology #
Ornithology #
Mammalogy #
Entomology #
Marine Biology #
Aquatic Invertebrates
Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics #
Wetland Ecology
Ecological Restoration #
Environmental GIS #
Stream Ecology #
Limnology #
Capstone in Environmental Science
Travel Course
Seminar, 1 credit required
Biology Seminar
Total Credits55-62

Microbiology

Supporting Courses25-29
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics (choose one course):
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Environmental Statistics
Environmental GIS
Writing (choose one course): 1
Technical Writing
Research and Rhetoric
Upper Level Courses 234-38
Required courses
Principles of Ecology
Plant Physiology
Comparative Physiology
Genetics
Evolutionary Biology
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology
Advanced Microbiology
Chemistry (minimum of 8 credits of the following courses):
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory
Electives (choose 8 or more credits from the following courses):
Cell Biology
Cell Biology Laboratory
Mycology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Internship
Immunology
Immunology Lab
Seminar (1 credit required):
Biology Seminar
Total Credits59-67

Pre-Veterinary

Supporting Courses24-27
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes
and Principles of Biology Lab: Cellular and Molecular Processes
Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology Lab: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introductory Statistics
Mathemetics (choose one course):
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Environmental Statistics
Environmental GIS
Writing (choose one course): 1
English Composition II: Composition and Rhetoric
Upper Level Courses47
Genetics
Principles of Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Comparative Physiology
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Biochemistry
Cell Biology (choose one of the following options):
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
Physics (choose one of the following options):
Fundamentals of Physics I
and Fundamentals of Physics II
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics II
Choose a minimum of 8 credits from the following courses:
Genetics Laboratory
Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
Ornithology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Developmental Biology Laboratory
Immunology
Immunology Lab
Seminar, 1 credit required
Biology Seminar
Total Credits71-74