Potential biology majors should select a sequence of courses that will acquaint them with a variety of organisms, and their molecular and cellular structure, physiology, heredity, development, evolution, and ecological interactions. Biologists pursue careers in biological research, study in the medical sciences, teaching at the college or high school level, work in environmental sciences, or work in numerous commercial and industrial areas.
Requirements for a Major
1. Biology 125 and 126 (majors are required to complete both introductory courses, with a grade of "C-" or better before taking any other courses in the department)
2. One course from each of the following groups including their laboratories where listed separately:
a. Molecular and Cell Biology (240 Genetics/241 Genetics Laboratory, 280 Cell Biology/281 Cell Biology Laboratory, 310 Immunology/311 Immunology Laboratory, 380 Biochemistry/381 Biochemistry Laboratory, 382 Molecular Biology/383 Molecular Biology Laboratory)
b. Organismic Biology (234 Microbiology with Laboratory, 236 Plant Biology, 238 Entomology/239 Entomology Laboratory, 252 Environmental Animal Physiology/253 Environmental Animal Physiology Laboratory, 332 Human Physiology /333 Human Physiology Laboratory, 342 Animal Developmental Biology/343 Animal Developmental Biology Laboratory, 344 Seminar: The Molecular Basis of Plant Development, 386 Neurobiology/387 Neurobiology Laboratory)
c. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (238 Entomology/239 Entomology Laboratory, 248 Behavioral Ecology, 250 Marine Ecology, 321 Ecosystem Ecology/322 Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory, 338 Bioinformatics and Genomics/339 Bioinformatics and Genomics lab, 350 Evolution, 352 Population Ecology/353 Population Ecology Laboratory, 374 Seminar: Grassland Ecology)
3. Three electives, which may include six-credits of Biology 394, Biology 210, a seminar, or any of the courses listed above. If you choose a course for an elective that offers a laboratory section, then the lab must be taken in order for the course to count toward the major.
4. One course must emphasize data interpretation and analysis of the primary literature. Ideally, you should complete this seminar course prior to registering for Biology 400 (integrative exercise). Courses that fulfill this requirement include: 344, 358-379, 382/383, 384, 385, 389. A maximum of two courses may be taken from this category.
5. Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature (Biology 399).
6. Integrative Exercise (Biology 400 two terms).
Laboratory work is an integral part of most biology courses. In courses in which registration for the laboratory is separable from the lecture portion of the course, all biology majors are required to register concurrently for laboratory and lecture in order for these courses to count toward requirements for the major unless otherwise noted. No course taken at another school may be used to meet the requirements for the major without prior approval of the Biology faculty.
Because of the close interrelationship of Biology to other sciences, supporting work in other areas is necessary. The minimum requirement includes 1) Physics: two five-week courses or one ten-week courses from 131-165 for a total of 6 credits; or Mathematics 215; and 2) Chemistry 123 or 128; and 3) Chemistry 230 or 233. The need for additional courses in allied sciences and mathematics will vary with the professional plans of the student.
The Introductory Sequence
The Introductory Biology sequence consists of two courses, Biology 125 and 126, both of which are required before any further upper-level course work in Biology. The two courses can be taken in either order. Students who received a score of 5 on the AP exam or a score of 6 or 7 on the IB exam are exempted from Biology 125, and only need to take Biology 126 before taking upper-level Biology courses. Prerequisites for Biology 126 include Chemistry 123 or 128; or AP Chemistry score of 4 or 5; or IB score of 5, 6 or 7.
There are two versions of Biology 125, and students are urged to make a thoughtful choice of the appropriate offering based on their background and learning style. The winter term offering of Biology 125 is designed for students who 1) earned a score of 3 or 4 in AP Biology, or 2) received a score of 5 in IB Biology, or 3) earned a grade of B or higher in Honors or Advanced Biology in high school. In addition, these students are expected to have mastered basic concepts of chemistry in either a high school or college chemistry course.
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Biology 338.2 credits; NE; Winter; R. Anderson