Major Requirements: Electives by Group


The Biology electives offered by the Department are listed below by group.  The number and distribution of electives required for completion of a Biology major vary depending on the concentration selected by the student.  Click on links to specific concentrations for more information.

Group A: Cellular and Molecular Biology Electives

BIOL 262 Molecular Biology
BIOL 307 Microbiology
BIOL 340 Immunology
BIOL 371 Medical Microbiology
BIOL 409 Developmental Biology
BIOL 453 Seminar in Recombinant DNA Technology

Group B: Organismal Diversity Electives

BIOL 203 Plants and Society (may not be used as a required plant course)
BIOL 220 Animal Behavior
BIOL 232 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 240 Botanical Diversity
BIOL 251 Vascular Plant Taxonomy
BIOL 305 Cetacean Biology and Conservation
BIOL 336 Ornithology

Group C: Physiology Electives

BIOL 234* Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
BIOL 235* Principles of Human Physiology
BIOL 241* Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 242  Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 255  Plant Physiology
BIOL 325  Neurobiology
NEUR 225 Biopsychology
NEUR 380 Neuropharmacology

* Only one of these courses may be taken for Biology credit.

Group D: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Electives

BIOL 233 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 316 Wetlands: Hydrology, Ecology, Restoration
BIOL 335 Principles of Wildlife Biology
BIOL 341 Marine Biology
BIOL 348 Ecology
BIOL 391 Tropical Ecology & Conservation: Field Study
BIOL 413 Quantitative Conservation Biology
BIOL 457 Quantitative Plant Ecology

Group E: Advanced Biology Electives

BIOL 490 Independent Study in Biology
BIOL 495 Internship in Biology

For students who plan to pursue an advanced degree in biology, the following courses are strongly recommended:

CHEM 301 Biochemistry
MATH 219 Calculus I
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics or
     both PHYS 211 Physics I and PHYS 212 Physics II

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