Organismal Biology Option

The Organismal Biology option provides a rigorous program of study in plant or animal biology at the whole-organism, species, population, and community levels, while allowing students flexibility in selecting those biology courses that best meet their interests and objectives. It accomplishes this by requiring students to select 20 required credits in biology in consultation with their advisors to achieve a personal curriculum. In addition, students can use the elective credits to develop strength in a second area which may enhance their prospects of gaining employment with a bachelor's degree or their prospects of acceptance into specialized graduate programs. Most professional positions in biology require completion of one or more graduate degrees, and the Organismal Biology option is excellent preparation for graduate studies.

The recommended biology sequences for Organismal Biology is BIOB 170IN followed by BIOB 160. BIOB 260 may be substituted for BIOB 160 for pre-med students.  BIOH 185 would be an elective.

Freshman YearCredits
BIOB 170IN - Principles of Biological Diversity4  
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I (Completed Level 3 math pre-requisite)4  
COM 110US - Public Communication
or CLS 101US - Knowledge and Community
University Core and Electives, or Math pre-reqs4-6  
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems  4
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II  4
WRIT 101W - College Writing I1  3
University Core and Electives  4-6
Year Total: 15-17 15-17
Sophomore YearCredits
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus4  
PHSX 205 - College Physics I
or PHSX 220 - Physics I (w/ calculus)
BIOB 318 - Biometry
or STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics
CHMY 211 - Elements of Organic Chemistry
or CHMY 321 - Organic Chemistry I
University Core and Electives 20-2  
BCH 380 - Biochemistry  5
PHSX 207 - College Physics II
or PHSX 222 - Physics II (w/ calculus)
University Core and Electives 2  5-6
Year Total: 16-18 14-15
Junior YearCredits
BIOB 375 - General Genetics3  
Physiology Course Choice3  
University Core and Electives29-12  
BIOE 370 - General Ecology (equiv to 270)  3
BIOB 420 - Evolution  3
University Core and Electives2  9-12
Year Total: 15-18 15-18
Senior YearCredits
University Core and Electives215  
BIOE 499 - Senior Thesis/Capstone  2
University Core and Electives2  13-15
Year Total: 15 15-17
Total Program Credits: 120

Depending on first letter of your last name. Students are told at Orientation when to take WRIT 101W.


Additional Required Biology Electives

A minimum of 20 credits of Biology electives also must be completed from courses in BIOB, BIOE, BIOO, ANSC, NRSM, WILD, BCH (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 32 to 38 credits numbered 300 and above, so an additional 4-10 credits may need to 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.