MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

The Biological Science B.S. major requirements are listed in the UVM Catalog under both the College of Arts and Sciences: B.S. in Biological Science, CAS, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: B.S in Biological Science, CALS.  This "cross-college" major spans departments as well, offering you the opportunity to tailor your academic experience at two levels:

College-level Requirements

The major requirements for the Biological Science B.S. are the same regardless of college.  However, in addition to courses required for completion of a major program, (and University-wide Catamount Core courses), each college has its own requirements to ensure graduates have received a well-rounded education.  Outlined below are the descriptions for the courses required by each college that hosts the Biological Science major.  Note: courses taken for the major (e.g. biology, mathematics, etc.) can doubly count toward these college-level requirements, as well as the Catamount Core courses.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
  • Distribution Requirements*: Foundational Writing (1 course), Arts (3 cr.), Literature (1 course), Humanities (2 courses), Social Sciences (2 courses), Natural Sciences (2 courses), Quantitative Reasoning (2 courses), Common Ground values (3 courses), and Language (2 courses).  *CAS Distribution requirements overlap almost entirely with Catamount Core requirements, but will require two additional Arts, Literature or Humanities course.

  • 84 credits must be from within CAS.

In addition to the Catamount Core requirements, CALS requires two Foundations courses (2): CALS 1010: Communication Methods and CALS 1020: Information Technology (or equivalent courses).

 

Department-level Advanced Life Science Electives

The Biological Science major requires 26 credits of Advanced Life Science Electives - meaning 7-8 courses at the 2000-level (formerly 100-level) or 3000-level (formerly 200- and 300-level) that you choose from a list of over 150.  These courses come from 20 different departments, and include undergraduate research.  You could take a variety of different topics, or all of your credits from one field; it’s up to you.  In year two, meet with an advisor to map a plan of study for completing your Advanced Life Science Electives.

The following rules apply to the Advanced Life Science Elective requirement:

  • No more than 8 credits at the 2000-level may be applied to the requirement (not including BCOR courses) except with written permission from an advisor and not exceeding three such courses.

  • With an advisor's permission, biologically relevant 5000- or 6000-level courses may be applied to the requirement.

  • Up to 6 credits of undergraduate research in any biological discipline may be applied toward the requirement. Only three of these can be taken for credit at the 2000-level, and these will be counted in the 8 credits allowed at that level.

Advanced Life Science Electives List

The courses listed below, by department, are pre-approved to count toward the elective requirement for the B.S. degree in Biological Science.  If you are interested in a life science course not on this list, consult with one of the Biological Science program directors to determine whether it can be used as an Advanced Elective.  The Advanced Life Science Electives being offered in a given semester can be found in the 'See Also' section of the Schedule of Courses under BioCore.

The B.S. degree in Biological Science has an additional recommendation as to the types of skills one should obtain in taking their Advanced Life Science Electives. The minimum is that students should gain 12 credits in elective courses that include a quantitative ("Q") component, 3 credits that stress oral ("O") communication, and 3 credits that stress written ("W") communication.  The Skillset column below indicates which of these skills a course includes.  A blank in the skillset column indicates that it is unknown whether this course fulfills any of the skillset requirements; consult the course's instructor.  A * indicates an assignment is optional; a student would need to complete the assignment to earn the skillset credit.

Animal Science

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
ASCI 111ASCI 2110Animal Anatomy-,-,-4y  
ASCI 118ASCI 2180Applied Animal HealthQOW3 y 
ASCI 120ASCI 2120General Physiology 3 y 
ASCI 143ASCI 2240Forage and Pasture Management (crosslisted w/PSS 143) 4e.o.  
ASCI 147ASCI 2700SU: Wildife Health & Conservation   y 
ASCI 177ASCI 2170Animal Plagues & Global HealthO.W.3 e.o. 
ASCI 215ASCI 3150Physiology of ReproductionQ, O3 y 
ASCI 216ASCI 3180EndocrinologyOW3y  
ASCI 220ASCI 3200Lactation PhysiologyQ, O, W3 e.o. 
ASCI 242ASCI 3040Advanced Animal NutritionQOW4y  
ASCI 272ASCI 3600Adv. Topics: Zoos, Exotics, and Endangered Species-, -, -3 yy
ASCI 277ASCI 3070Animal and Human Parasitology 3 e.o. 
ASCI 278ASCO 3080Molecular Epidemiology 3   

 

Biochemistry

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
BIOC 191/192BIOC 2995Undergraduate Research variableyy 
BIOC 201BIOC 3001Fundamentals of BiochemistryQO*W3yyy
BIOC 205BIOC 3005Biochemistry (crosslisted w/MMG 205)Q3y  
BIOC 206BIOC 3006Biochemistry II (crosslisted w/MMG 206)-, O, W3 y 
BIOC 207BIOC 3007Biochemistry Lab (crosslisted w/MMG 207)Q, O, W3 y 
BIOC 263BIOC 3063Nutritional BiochemistryQ, O, W3 y 
BIOC 275BIOC 3075Adv. Biochemistry of Human Disease 3y  
BIOC 292BIOC 3995Undergraduate Research variableyy 
BIOC 293BIOC 3993Independent Study variableyy 
BIOC 294BIOC 3994Teaching AssistantshipO*1yy 
BIOC 295/296BIOC 3990Advanced Special Topics variableyy 

 

Biology and BioCore

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
BCOR 189BCOR 3000Biology in PracticeW yy 
BCOR 195BCOR 2990Intermediate Special Topics, or other variable   
BCOR 197BCOR 4994Teaching AssistantshipO*1yy 
BCOR 198/298BCOR 2995/3995Undergraduate ResearchQ* W*variableyyvariable
BIOL 188BIOL 2100Soundscapes and Behavior ResearchQOW3yy 
BIOL 189BIOL 4994Teaching Assistantship  yy 
BIOL 195/196BIOL 2990Special Topics variableyy 
BIOL 198BIOL 2995Undergraduate ResearchQ*, Wvariableyy 
BIOL 199BIOL 2105Introduction to Marine ScienceO3 y 
BIOL 205BIOL 4635Advanced Genetics & Proteomics LaboratoryQOW4 y 
BIOL 209BIOL 4240Field Zoology of ArthropodsQ O4y  
BIOL 210BIOL 3510Model Systems in Neuroscience 3   
BIOL 217BIOL 4245MammalogyQOW4y  
BIOL 219BIOL 4400Comparative Function of Vertebrate Anatomy 4 y 
BIOL 223BIOL 3560Developmental Biology-, -, -3y  
BIOL 254BIOL 4260Population GeneticsQ-W4y y
BIOL 255BIOL 4405Comparative PhysiologyQ, O, W4y  
BIOL 261BIOL 3505Neurobiology-, O*, -3yy 
BIOL 264BIOL 3105Community EcologyQ, O, W3y  
BIOL 266BIOL 3500NeurodevelopmentO3y  
BIOL 269BIOL 3100Plant-Animal InteractionsQ, O, W3y  
BIOL 271BIOL 3165EvolutionQ, -, W3y  
BIOL 276BIOL 3130Behavioral EcologyQ, -, W3e.o.  
BIOL 277BIOL 3160Sociobiology-, -, W3 e.o. 
BIOL 292BIOL 3993Independent Study-OWvariableyy 
BIOL 295/296BIOL 3990/4990Advanced Special Topics variableyyy
BIOL 298BIOL 3995Undergraduate ResearchQ*, Wvariableyy 
BIOL 381ABIOL 6990Computational BiologyQ,  ,  4 y 

 

Biomedical & Health Sciences

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
BHSC 242BHSC 3420Immunology--W3 e.o. 
BHSC 244BHSC 3440Immunology Lab 1 y 
BHSC 281BHSC 3810Applied Molecular Biology 3y  
BHSC 282BHSC 3820Applied Molecular Biology Lab 1y  

 

Communication Science & Disorders

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
CSD 281CSD 3810Intro Cognitive NeuroscienceQO*W3y y

 

Environmental Science

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
ENSC 148ENSC 2480Global Environmental Change 3 y 
ENSC 160ENSC 3600Pollutant Movement Through Air, Land, and WaterQ, O, W4y  
ENSC 201ENSC 4010Recovery and Restoration of Altered Ecosystems 4 y 
ENSC 274ENSC 4740SU: Climate Change: Science & Perception 3 e.o. 

 

Forestry

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
FOR 223FOR 3230Multi-Resource SilvicultureQ, O, W4y  
FOR 228FOR 4280Ecosystems Ecology (crosslisted w/NR 228) 3y  

 

Mathematics and Statistics

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
MATH 268MATH 5788Mathematical Biology and EcologyQ,O,W3 y 
STAT 200STAT 3000Medical Biostatistics & EpidemiologyQO*W3yy 

 

Medical Laboratory Science

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
MLS 231MLS 3200HematologyQ, O, W4y  
MLS 255MLS 3300Clinical Microbiology II-,-,W3y  

 

Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
MMG 101MMG 2010Microbiology and Infectious DiseasesQW4y  
MMG 104MMG 2040Intro Recombinant DNA TechQ, O, -3 y 
MMG 106MMG 2060Intro Biomedical Research Methods 3 y 
MMG 192MMG 2993Independent Study variableyy 
MMG 193MMG 2994Teaching Assistantship variableyy 
MMG 195MMG 2990Intermediate Special Topics variableyy 
MMG 197/198MMG 2995Undergraduate ResearchQOWvariableyy 
MMG 201MMG 3010Molecular Cloning LabQ, O, W4y  
MMG 205MMG 3050Biochemistry (crosslisted w/BIOC 205)Q3y  
MMG 206MMG 3060Biochemistry II (crosslisted w/BIOC 206)-, O, W3 y 
MMG 207MMG 3070Biochemistry Lab (crosslisted w/BIOC 207)Q, O, W3 y 
MMG 211MMG 3110Prokaryotic Molecular GeneticsQ, O, W3y  
MMG 220MMG 3200Environmental Microbiology-, O, W3 e.o. 
MMG 222MMG 3220Advanced Medical Microbiology-, -, W4 y 
MMG 223MMG 3230Immunology-, -, W*3 e.o. 
MMG 225MMG 3250Eukaryotic Virology-, -, -3e.o.  
MMG 230MMG 3300Adv. Studies in Emerging Infectious Diseases-, O, W3e.o.  
MMG 231MMG 3310QR: Bioinformatics and Data analysisQ3y  
MMG 232MMG 3320QR: Advanced BioinformaticsQ, O, W3 e.o. 
MMG 233MMG 3330Genetics and GenomicsQ, O, -3y  
MMG 235MMG 3350Bioterrorism 3 y 
MMG 292MMG 3993Independent Study variableyy 
MMG 293MMG 3994Teaching Assistantship     
MMG 295/296MMG 3990/4990Adv. Special Topics, as appropriate variableyy 
MMG 297/298MMG 3995Undergraduate ResearchQOWvariableyy 

 

Natural Resources

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
NR 220NR 3200Landscape EcologyQOW3sporadicsporadic 
NR 228NR 3280Ecosystems Ecology (crosslisted w/ FOR 228) 3y  
NR 250NR 4500LimnologyQOW4y  
NR 268NR 4680Soil Ecology (crosslisted w/ PSS 268)QO*W4 e.o. 
NR 280NR 4800Stream EcologyQOW4y  

 

Neuroscience

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
NSCI 111NSCI 2105Exploring Neuroscience-O-3yy 
NSCI 110NSCI 2100Exploring Neuroscience w/ LabQ-W1yy 
NSCI 222NSCI 3220Cellular NeorophysiologyQOW3 y 
NSCI 225NSCI 3250Human Neuroanatomy---3 y 
NSCI 255NSCI 3500NeuroregenerationOW3 y 
NSCI 270NSCI 4500Diseases of the Nervous System-, O, W3yy 

 

Nutrition & Food Sciences

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
NFS 143NFS 2143Nutrition in the LifecycleQO-3y y
NFS 163NFS 2163Sports NutritionQOW3y  
NFS 203NFS 3203Food Microbiology-OW3y e.o. 
NFS 213NFS 3204Food Microbiology LabQ-W1y  
NFS 243NFS 3243Advanced NutritionQOW3 yy

 

Pharmacology

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
PHRM 200PHRM 3000Medical CannabisW3 y 
PHRM 201PHRM 3010Introduction to PharmacologyQ, -, W3y  
PHRM 240PHRM 5400Molecules and MedicineQW*3y  
PHRM 272PHRM 3720ToxicologyQW*3 y 
PHRM 290PHRM 3900Topics in Molecular and Cellular PharmacologyQ*, -, W*3 y 

 

Plant Biology

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
PBIO 104PBIO 2040Plant PhysiologyQ, W4 y 
PBIO 108PBIO 2080Morphology & Evolution of Vascular Plants-, -, W4 e.o. 
PBIO 109PBIO 2090Plant Systematics-, -, -4y  
PBIO 117PBIO 2170Plant Pathology (crosslisted w/ PSS 117)O4yy 
PBIO 133PBIO 2330SU: How Plants Can Save the WorldQ*OW3y  
PBIO 151PBIO 2510Plant Anatomy 3sporadicsporadic 
PBIO 177PBIO 2770Biology of FungiO4y sporadic
PBIO 192PBIO 2993Independent Study variableyy 
PBIO 195PBIO 2990Intermediate Special Topics variableyy 
PBIO 198PBIO 2995Undergraduate Research variableyy 
PBIO 209PBIO 3090Biology of FernsOW3 e.o. 
PBIO 223PBIO 3230Fundamentals of Field ScienceQOW3y  
PBIO 232PBIO 3320Botany Field TripO?1e.o.e.o. 
PBIO 241PBIO 3410Tropical Plant SystematicsOW3e.o.  
PBIO 261PBIO 3610Plant Growth & Development-, -, W3 sporadic 
PBIO 275PBIO 3750Global Change Ecology 3  y
PBIO 292PBIO 3993Independent Study variableyy 
PBIO 294PBIO 5940QR: Ecological ModelingQ3  y
PBIO 295PBIO 3990Advanced Special Topics variableyy 
PBIO 298PBIO 3995Undergraduate Research variableyy 

 

Plant & Soil Science

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
PSS 106PSS 2060Entomology and Pest Management-, -, -4y  
PSS 112PSS 2120Weed Ecology & ManagementQOW3y  
PSS 117PSS 2170Plant Pathology (crosslisted w/ PBIO 117)O4yy 
PSS 138PSS 2380Commercial Plant Propagation-, O, W4 y 
PSS 143PSS 2430Forage and Pasture Management (crosslisted w/ASCI 143)-, O, W4e.o.  
PSS 154PSS 2540Composting Ecology and Management-, O, W3 yy
PSS 156PSS 2560PermacultureO3yyy
PSS 212PSS 3120Advanced Agroecology 4y  
PSS 225PSS 3250Ecological Frontiers in AgroecologyQ, O, W3 e.o 
PSS 232PSS 3320Biological ControlQ, O, W3 e.o. 
PSS 268PSS 3680Soil Ecology (crosslisted w/ NR 268)QO*W4 e.o. 

 

Psychological Science

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
PSYS 115PSYS 2200BiopsychologyQ3 yy
PSYS 215PSYS 3200Physiological PsychologyW4yy 
PSYS 216PSYS 3250PsychopharmacologyQW3yy 
PSYS 218PSYS 3205Hormones and BehaviorOW3e.o. e.o.
PSYS 220PSYS 3210Behavioral Genetics 3 y 

 

Wildlife & Fisheries Biology

old Course#New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
WFB 130WFB 2300Ornithology---3 y 
WFB 131WFB 2310Field Ornithology-, O*, -2  y
WFB 141WFB 2410Field HerpetologyQOW4 y 
WFB 161WFB 3610Fisheries Biology and TechniquesQ, -, W4y  
WFB 174WFB 2740Principles of Wildlife ManagementQ, -, W3y  
WFB 195WFB 2990Intermediate Special Topics, as appropriate variableyy 
WFB 224WFB 3240Conservation BiologyQ, -, W4 yy
WFB 232WFB 4320Ichthyology-, -, W3 e.o. 
WFB 261WFB 4610Fisheries ManagementQ, O, W3 e.o. 
WFB 275WFB 4750Wildlife BehaviorQ, -, W3y  
WFB 283WFB 4830Terrestrial Wildlife EcologyQ, O, W4 y 

 

Full list

Old Course #New Course#Course TitleSkillsetsCreditsFallSpringSummer
ANTH 242ANTH 3475Research Mthds in Human DiversityQ,O,W4y  
ASCI 111ASCI 2110Animal Anatomy-,-,-4y  
ASCI 118ASCI 2180Applied Animal HealthQOW3 y 
ASCI 120ASCI 2120General Physiology 3 y 
ASCI 143ASCI 2240Forage and Pasture Management (crosslisted w/PSS 143) 4e.o.  
ASCI 147ASCI 2700SU: Wildife Health & Conservation   y 
ASCI 177ASCI 2170Animal Plagues & Global HealthO.W.3 e.o. 
ASCI 215ASCI 3150Physiology of ReproductionQ, O3 y 
ASCI 216ASCI 3180EndocrinologyOW3y  
ASCI 220ASCI 3200Lactation PhysiologyQ, O, W3 e.o. 
ASCI 242ASCI 3040Advanced Animal NutritionQOW4y  
ASCI 272ASCI 3600Adv. Topics: Zoos, Exotics, and Endangered Species-, -, -3 yy
ASCI 277ASCI 3070Animal and Human Parasitology 3 e.o. 
ASCI 278ASCI 3080Molecular Epidemiology 3   
BCOR 189BCOR 3000Biology in PracticeW yy 
BCOR 195BCOR 2990Intermediate Special Topics, or other variable   
BCOR 197BCOR 4994Teaching AssistantshipO*1yy 
BCOR 198/298BCOR 2995/3995Undergraduate ResearchQ* W*variableyy?
BHSC 242BHSC 3420Immunology--W3 e.o. 
BHSC 244BHSC 3440Immunology Lab 1 y 
BHSC 281BHSC 3810Applied Molecular Biology 3y  
BHSC 282BHSC 3820Applied Molecular Biology Lab 1y  
BIOC 191/192BIOC 2995Undergraduate Research variableyy 
BIOC 201BIOC 3001Fundamentals of BiochemistryQO*W3yyy
BIOC 205BIOC 3001Biochemistry (crosslisted w/MMG 205)Q3y  
BIOC 206BIOC 3006Biochemistry II (crosslisted w/MMG 206)-, O, W3 y 
BIOC 207BIOC 3007Biochemistry Lab (crosslisted w/MMG 207)Q, O, W3 y 
BIOC 263BIOC 3063Nutritional BiochemistryQ, O, W3 y 
BIOC 275BIOC 3075Adv. Biochemistry of Human Disease 3y  
BIOC 292BIOC 3075Undergraduate Research variableyy 
BIOC 293BIOC 3993Independent Study variableyy 
BIOC 294BIOC 3994Teaching AssistantshipO*1yy 
BIOC 295/296BIOC 3990Advanced Special Topics variableyy 
BIOL 188BIOL 2100Soundscapes and Behavior ResearchQOW3yy 
BIOL 189BIOL 4994Teaching Assistantship  yy 
BIOL 195/196BIOL 2990Intermediate Special Topics variableyy 
BIOL 198BIOL 2995Undergraduate ResearchQ*, Wvariableyy 
BIOL 199BIOL 2105Introduction to Marine ScienceO3 y 
BIOL 204BIOL 4630Advanced Genetics Laboratory 4   
BIOL 205BIOL 4635Advanced Genetics & Proteomics LaboratoryQOW4 y 
BIOL 209BIOL 4240Field Zoology of ArthropodsQ O4y  
BIOL 210BIOL 3510Model Systems in Neuroscience 3   
BIOL 217BIOL 4245MammalogyQOW4y  
BIOL 219BIOL 4400Comparative Function of Vertebrate Anatomy 4 y 
BIOL 223BIOL 3560Developmental Biology-, -, -3y  
BIOL 225BIOL 3140Physiological Ecology     
BIOL 253BIOL 3530Cell Biology and Disease     
BIOL 254BIOL 4260Population GeneticsQ-W4y y
BIOL 255BIOL 4405Comparative PhysiologyQ, O, W4y  
BIOL 256BIOL 3565Physiology of Global Change 4   
BIOL 261BIOL 3505Neurobiology-, O*, -3yy 
BIOL 263BIOL 3535Genetics Cell Cycle Regulation     
BIOL 264BIOL 3105Community EcologyQ, O, W3y  
BIOL 265BIOL 3565Developmental Molecular Genetics 3   
BIOL 266BIOL 3500NeurodevelopmentO3y  
BIOL 269BIOL 3100Plant-Animal InteractionsQ, O, W3y  
BIOL 271BIOL 3165EvolutionQ, -, W3y  
BIOL 274BIOL 4230Marine Mammal Biology 4   
BIOL 276BIOL 3130Behavioral EcologyQ, -, W3e.o.  
BIOL 277BIOL 3160Sociobiology-, -, W3 e.o. 
BIOL 280BIOL 3135Molecular Ecology 4   
BIOL 292BIOL 3993Independent Study-OWvariableyy 
BIOL 295/296BIOL 3990/4990Advanced Special Topics variableyyy
BIOL 298BIOL 3995Undergraduate ResearchQ*, Wvariableyy 
BIOL 381ABIOL 6990Computational BiologyQ,  ,  4 y 
CSD 281CSD 3810Intro Cognitive NeuroscienceQO*W3y y
ENSC 148ENSC 2480Global Environmental Change 3 y 
ENSC 160ENSC 3600Pollutant Movement Through Air, Land, and WaterQ, O, W4y  
ENSC 201ENSC 4010Recovery and Restoration of Altered Ecosystems 4 y 
ENSC 274ENSC 4010SU: Climate Change: Science & Perception 3 e.o. 
FOR 223FOR 3230Multi-Resource SilvicultureQ, O, W4y  
FOR 228FOR 4280Ecosystems Ecology (crosslisted w/NR 228) 3y  
HON 208BIOL 4996Honors: Biology (Thesis Research)Q,O,Wvariabley  
HON 209BIOL 4996Honors: Biology (Thesis Research)Q,O,Wvariable y 
HON 210PBIO 4996Honors: Plant BiologyQ,O,Wvariabley  
HON 211PBIO 4996Honors: Plant BiologyQ,O,Wvariable y 
MATH 268MATH 5788Mathematical Biology and EcologyQ,O,W3 y 
MLS 231MLS 3200HematologyQ, O, W4y  
MLS 255MLS 3300Clinical Microbiology II-,-,W3y  
MMG 101MMG 2010Microbiology and Infectious DiseasesQW4y  
MMG 104MMG 2040Intro Recombinant DNA TechQ, O, -3 y 
MMG 106MMG 2060Intro Biomedical Research Methods 3 y 
MMG 192MMG 2993Independent Study variableyy 
MMG 193MMG 2994Teaching Assistantship variableyy 
MMG 195MMG 2990Intermediate Special Topics variableyy 
MMG 197/198MMG 2995Undergraduate ResearchQOWvariableyy 
MMG 201MMG 3010Molecular Cloning LabQ, O, W4y  
MMG 205MMG 3050Biochemistry (crosslisted w/BIOC 205)Q3y  
MMG 206MMG 3060Biochemistry II (crosslisted w/BIOC 206)-, O, W3 y 
MMG 207MMG 3070Biochemistry Lab (crosslisted w/BIOC 207)Q, O, W3 y 
MMG 211MMG 3070Prokaryotic Molecular GeneticsQ, O, W3y  
MMG 220MMG 3200Environmental Microbiology-, O, W3 e.o. 
MMG 222MMG 3220Advanced Medical Microbiology-, -, W4 y 
MMG 223MMG 3230Immunology-, -, W*3 e.o. 
MMG 225MMG 3250Eukaryotic Virology-, -, -3e.o.  
MMG 230MMG 3300Adv. Studies in Emerging Infectious Diseases-, O, W3e.o.  
MMG 231MMG 3310QR: Bioinformatics and Data analysisQ3y  
MMG 232MMG 3320QR: Advanced BioinformaticsQ, O, W3 e.o. 
MMG 233MMG 3330Genetics and GenomicsQ, O, -3y  
MMG 235MMG 3350Bioterrorism 3 y 
MMG 292MMG 3993Independent Study variableyy 
MMG 293MMG 3994Teaching Assistantship     
MMG 295/296MMG 3990Adv. Special Topics, as appropriate variableyy 
MMG 297/298MMG 3995Undergraduate ResearchQOWvariableyy 
NFS 143NFS 2143Nutrition in the LifecycleQO-3y y
NFS 163NFS 2163Sports NutritionQOW3y  
NFS 203NFS 3203Food Microbiology-OW3y e.o. 
NFS 213NFS 3204Food Microbiology LabQ-W1y  
NFS 243NFS 3243Advanced NutritionQOW3 yy
NR 220NR 3200Landscape EcologyQOW3sporadicsporadic 
NR 228NR 3280Ecosystems Ecology (crosslisted w/ FOR 228) 3y  
NR 250NR 4500LimnologyQOW4y  
NR 268NR 4680Soil Ecology (crosslisted w/ PSS 268)QO*W4 e.o. 
NR 280NR 4800Stream EcologyQOW4y  
NSCI 111NSCI 2105Exploring Neuroscience-O-3yy 
NSCI 110NSCI 2100Exploring Neuroscience w/LabQ-W4yy 
NSCI 222NSCI 3220Cellular NeurophysiologyQOW3 y 
NSCI 225NSCI 3250Human Neuroanatomy---3 y 
NSCI 255NSCI 3500NeuroregenerationOW3 y 
NSCI 270NSCI 4500Diseases of the Nervous System-, O, W3yy 
PBIO 104PBIO 2040Plant PhysiologyQ, W4 y 
PBIO 108PBIO 2080Morphology & Evolution of Vascular Plants-, -, W4 e.o. 
PBIO 109PBIO 2090Plant Systematics-, -, -4y  
PBIO 117PBIO 2170Plant Pathology (crosslisted w/ PSS 117)O4yy 
PBIO 133PBIO 2330SU: How Plants Can Save the WorldQ*OW3y  
PBIO 151PBIO 2510Plant Anatomy 3sporadicsporadic 
PBIO 177PBIO 2770Biology of FungiO4y sporadic
PBIO 192PBIO 2993Independent Study variableyy 
PBIO 195PBIO 2990Intermediate Special Topics variableyy 
PBIO 198PBIO 2995Undergraduate Research variableyy 
PBIO 209PBIO 3090Biology of FernsOW3 e.o. 
PBIO 223PBIO 3230Fundamentals of Field ScienceQOW3y  
PBIO 232PBIO 3320Botany Field TripO?1e.o.e.o. 
PBIO 241PBIO 3410Tropical Plant SystematicsOW3e.o.  
PBIO 261PBIO 3610Plant Growth & Development-, -, W3 sporadic 
PBIO 275PBIO 3750Global Change Ecology 3  y
PBIO 292PBIO 3993Independent Study variableyy 
PBIO 294PBIO 5940QR: Ecological ModelingQ3  y
PBIO 295PBIO 3990Advanced Special Topics variableyy 
PBIO 298PBIO 3995Undergraduate Research variableyy 
PHRM 200PHRM 3000Medical CannabisW3 y 
PHRM 201PHRM 3010Introduction to PharmacologyQ, -, W3y  
PHRM 240PHRM 5400Molecules and MedicineQW*3y  
PHRM 272PHRM 3720ToxicologyQW*3 y 
PHRM 290PHRM 3900Topics in Molecular and Cellular PharmacologyQ*, -, W*3 y 
PSS 106PSS 2060Entomology and Pest Management-, -, -4y  
PSS 112PSS 2120Weed Ecology & ManagementQOW3y  
PSS 117PSS 2170Plant Pathology (crosslisted w/ PBIO 117)O4yy 
PSS 138PSS 2380Commercial Plant Propagation-, O, W4 y 
PSS 143PSS 2430Forage and Pasture Management (crosslisted w/ASCI 143)-, O, W4e.o.  
PSS 154PSS 2540Composting Ecology and Management-, O, W3 yy
PSS 156PSS 2560PermacultureO3yyy
PSS 212PSS 3120Advanced Agroecology 4y  
PSS 225PSS 3250Ecological Frontiers in AgroecologyQ, O, W3 e.o. 
PSS 232PSS 3320Biological ControlQ, O, W3 e.o. 
PSS 268PSS 3680Soil Ecology (crosslisted w/ NR 268)QO*W4 e.o. 
PSYS 115PSYS 2200BiopsychologyQ3 yy
PSYS 215PSYS 3200Physiological PsychologyW4yy 
PSYS 216PSYS 3250PsychopharmacologyQW3yy 
PSYS 218PSYS 3205Hormones and BehaviorOW3e.o. e.o.
PSYS 220PSYS 3210Behavioral Genetics 3 y 
STAT 200STAT 3000Medical Biostatistics & EpidemiologyQO*W3yy 
WFB 130WFB 2300Ornithology---3 y 
WFB 131WFB 2310Field Ornithology-, O*, -2  y
WFB 141WFB 2310Field HerpetologyQOW4 y 
WFB 161WFB 3610Fisheries Biology and TechniquesQ, -, W4y  
WFB 174WFB 2740Principles of Wildlife ManagementQ, -, W3y  
WFB 195WFB 2990Intermediate Special Topics, as appropriate variableyy 
WFB 224WFB 3240Conservation BiologyQ, -, W4 yy
WFB 232WFB 4320Ichthyology-, -, W3 e.o. 
WFB 261WFB 4610Fisheries ManagementQ, O, W3 e.o. 
WFB 275WFB 4750Wildlife BehaviorQ, -, W3y  
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Starting out as BioSci major

Interested in biology, but not sure what you want to focus on?  NO PROBLEM.  The first and second years of study in the Biological Science major impart core knowledge and skills in biology, chemistry, and math.  This core set of prerequisites is the same across several life science majors, so you’ll be learning alongside like-minded students from various departments, garnering insight into what biological disciplines you’d like to pursue as an upperclassman.

Picking your BioSci electives

Broad or narrow?  The focus of this major is your choice.  Choose 7-8 courses from a huge list of offerings representing 20 different departments ranging from Neuroscience to Biochemistry to Wildlife & Fisheries Biology.

Being an Undergraduate Researcher

BioSci majors can apply up to 6 credits of undergraduate research to their advanced elective requirements! Whether through a department (e.g. MMG 2995), a program (e.g. BCOR 3995), or the honors college, doing undergraduate research is learning beyond the classroom - in the real, active research labs of our university.

Going Pre-Med

Headed for medical or dental school?  All course requirements for most medical/dental schools and MCAT preparation can be satisfied by the BioSci major and associated college and university requirements.  Be sure to visit the Pre-Health Advising center.

Need help choosing?  Go to our Advising page.