Organismal Biology Option

Freshman YearCredits
BIOB 170IN - Principles of Biological Diversity4  
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I (Completed Level 3 math pre-requisite)4  
COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking (take one in opposite semester from WRIT 101)
or CLS 101US - Knowledge and Community
University Core, Electives, or Math pre-reqs3-4  
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems  4
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II  4
WRIT 101W - College Writing I1  3
University Core, Electives, or Math pre-reqs  3-4
Year Total: 14-15 14-15
Sophomore YearCredits
PHSX 205 - College Physics I4  
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics3  
CHMY 211 - Elements of Organic Chemistry5  
University Core and Electives 33-6  
STAT 217Q - Intermediate Statistical Concepts  3
BCH 380 - Biochemistry  5
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus  4
University Core and Electives 3  3
Year Total: 15-18 15
Junior YearCredits
BIOB 375 - General Genetics3  
University Core and Electives39-12  
BIOE 370 - General Ecology (equiv to 270)  3
BIOB 420 - Evolution  3
Physiology Course Choice2  3
University Core and Electives3  6-9
Year Total: 12-15 15-18
Senior YearCredits
University Core and Electives315  
BIOE 499 - Senior Thesis/Capstone  2
University Core and Electives3  12-15
Year Total: 15 14-17
Total Program Credits: 120

Students are told at Orientation in which semester to take WRIT 101W based on first letter of student's last name. Students should take Communications course in the opposite semester.


Choice: BIOO 412 Animal Phys, OR BIOO 433 Plant Phys, OR BIOB 425 Adv Cell & Molec Biol. May take in fall or spring semester, depending on course availability.


 Additional Required Biology Electives

A minimum of 20 credits of Biology electives also must be completed from courses in ANSC, BIOB, BIOE, BIOH, BIOO, NRSM, WILD, BCH (UD only), IMID (UD only), BIOM (except BIOM 497). At least 16 of these credits must be in upper division courses numbered 300 and above. Credits must be for regularly scheduled courses, except that up to 4 total credits of undergraduate research in Biology (BIOE 490R, BIOE 492) and up to 2 credits of Biology Teaching (BIOB 497) may be included. Up to 6 credits of certain courses in basic biological sciences from departments other than these may be included, with the prior approval of the advisor and Organismal Biology Certifying Officer before the course is taken.

University requirements for graduation also must be completed, including university core requirements and a minimum of 120 total credits of which at least 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Depending on courses selected, the curriculum includes 35 to 40 credits numbered 300 and above, so additional courses must be selected.

Requirements for Admission to Upper Division Courses in Biology

For admission to upper division (numbered 300 or higher) Biology (BIOB, BIOE, BIOO) and Fish and Wildlife Management (WILD) courses, students must have completed at least 45 total university credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all courses and have also earned a C- or better for any prerequisite courses. Limited exceptions may be made by consent of instructor. Any student who obtains enrollment in an upper division biology course without satisfying these requirements will be required to withdraw from the course. Specific courses may have additional prerequisites.