General Biology


This is the default option for students who do not declare another track.


  • Choose 13-15 credit hours from the upper-level electives listed below
  • A maximum of six credit hours of BIO 394/395/397 will count towards a biology degree
  • At least 9 credit hours of upper-level electives must have a BIO prefix

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BIO 3xx, BIO 4xx, BIO 5xx, BIO 6xx


ANT 332: Human Evolution (3)


CHE 226: Analytical Chemistry (3-5)
CHE 232: Organic Chemistry II (3) (for BA only)
CHE 233: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
CHE 440G: Introductory Physical Chemistry (4)
CHE 441G: Physical Chemistry Lab (2)
CHE 446G: Physical Chemistry for Engineers (3)
CHE 532: Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds (2)
CHE 533: Qualitative Organic Analysis Lab (2)
CHE 550: Biological Chemistry I (3)
CHE 552: Biological Chemistry II (3)
CHE 558: Hormone Receptors and Cell Signals (3)
CHE 565: Environmental Chemistry (3)


EES 401G: Invertebrate Paleontology and Evolution (3)


PSY 459: Neuropharmacology: Drugs and Behavior (3)

Statistics (Biology usually accepts only one of the following for each student)

STA 570: Basic Statistical Analysis (4)
STA 580: Biostatistics I (2)
Other STA courses may be accepted at the discretion of your advisor.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

ABT 460: Introduction to Molecular Genetics (Cross listed as AGR/ASC/ENT 460) (3)
ASC 364: Reproductive Physiology of Animals (4)
ASC 378: Animal Nutrition (4)
ENT 310: Insect Pets of Field Crops (3)
ENT 320: Horticultural Entomology (3)
ENT 460: Introduction to Molecular Genetics (cross listed as ABT 460) (3)
ENT 502: Forest Entomology (cross listed as FOR 502) (3)
ENT 561: Insects Affecting Human and Animal Health (3)
ENT 564: Insect Taxonomy (4)
ENT 568: Insect Behavior (3)
FOR 340: Forest Ecology (4)
FOR 370: Wildlife Biology and Management (4)
FOR 435: Conservation Biology (3)
FOR 502: Forest Entomology (cross listed as ENT 502) (3)
FOR 530: Freshwater Ecology (3)
FOR 510: Herpetology (4)
FSC 530: Food Microbiology (5)
NRE 420G: Taxonomy of Vascular Plants (4)
NRE 450G: Biogeochemistry (3)
PLS 320: Woody Horticultural Plants (4)
PLS 330: Herbaceous Horticultural Plants I (2)
PLS 332: Herbaceous Horticultural Plants II (2)
PLS 366: Fundamentals of Soil Science (4)
PLS 450G: Biogeochemistry (3)
PLS 502: Ecology of Economic Plants (3)
PLS 566: Soil Microbiology (3)
PLS 567: Methods in Soil Microbiology (Lab) (1)
PPA 400G: Principles of Plant Pathology (3)

College of Medicine

ANA 410G: Neurobiology of Brain Disorders (3)
ANA 442: Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (3)
ANA 511: Introduction to Human Anatomy (5)
ANA 512: Microscopy and Ultrastructure (4)
ANA 516: Anatomy of the Nervous System (3)
Some other anatomy courses at the 500-level are acceptable, but they are usually restricted to professional students.
BCH 401G: Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3)
MI 494G: Immunobiology (same as BIO 494G) (3)
MI 595: Immunobiology Laboratory (2)
MI 598: Clinical Microbiology (same as PAT 598) (3)
PGY 412G: Principles of Human Physiology (4) is acceptable as an elective for upper level biology credit ONLY IF a student DOES NOT complete BIO 350. It DOES NOT substitute for BIO 350 or BIO430G) (Only for students who started program before Fall 2017)
PGY 431: Introduction to Neuroendocrinology (3)
PGY 417: Genomics and Epigenetics (2)
PGY 512: Evolutionary Medicine (3)
PGY 560: Pathophysiology: Integrative Study in Physiology and Medicine (1)
PGY 590: Cellular and Molecular Physiology (4)
TOX 509: Environmental and Regulatory Toxicology (3)

Unacceptable courses often mistakenly thought to be acceptable:

ANA 209: Principles of Human Anatomy (3) and PGY 206: Elementary Physiology (3) are not acceptable electives for Biology majors.
Other courses may be accepted at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Biology


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