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Electives

Students pursuing the Biology Major must complete elective courses in 3 thematic areas (Field, Laboratory, and Systematics) as specified in the degree plan. Courses that fulfill these requirements are listed below. When choosing an elective, keep in mind that effective with the issuance of the 2016-17 catalog, Biology Majors must also complete a course that places an emphasis on writing. This course can be used to satisfy other curriculum requirements, as appropriate. See the list of eligible Writing Emphasis Courses below.

SP18 = course will be offered in Spring 2018
FA18 = course will be offered in Fall 2018
SP19 = course will be offered in Spring 2019

Sophomore Biology Elective

  • Any BIOL course for majors at or above the 200 level. Must be approved by the student's academic advisor. 4 credit hours

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Junior Biology Elective

  • Any BIOL course for majors at or above the 300- or 400-level. Must be approved by the student's academic advisor. 3-4 credit hours


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Field Electives

  • BIOL 307: Field Techniques (FA18), 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 309: Wildlife Ecology & Management, 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 333: Local Flora, 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 360: Principles of Ecology (SP18)(FA18)(SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 405(G): Mammalogy (FA18), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 407(G): Environmental Toxicology (FA18), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 413(G): Herpetology (SP18), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 414(G): Ornithology (SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 427(G): Experimental Design and Analysis, 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 440(G): Estuarine Ecology and Marine Biology (FA18), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 441(G): Limnology & Oceanography (offered every other spring)(SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 445(G): Ichthyology (FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 446(G): Fish Ecology and Management (SP18)(FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 461(G): Aquatic & Wetland Vascular Plants (FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 462(G): Invertebrate Zoology (FA18), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 485(G): Marine Botany (SP18)(SP19), 4 credit hours

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Lab Electives

  • BIOL 308: Plant Anatomy (SP18)(SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 318: Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology (SP18)(FA18)(SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 354 + 356: Pathogenic Microbiology + Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory (SP18)(SP19), 3+2 credit hours
  • BIOL 408(G) + 409(G): Plant Physiology + Plant Physiology Laboratory (SP18)(SP19), 3+2 credit hours
  • BIOL 423(G) + 424(G): Neurobiology + Neurobiology Laboratory (FA18), 3+1 credit hours
  • BIOL 425(G) + 426(G): Developmental Biology + Developmental Biology Laboratory (SP18)(SP19), 3+1 credit hours
  • BIOL 434(G): Histology (SP18)(SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 435: Honors Histology (SP18)(SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 436(G): Comparative Vertebrate Morphology (SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 442(G) + 443(G): Immunobiology + Immunobiology Laboratory (SP18)(SP19), 3+2 credit hours
  • BIOL 453(G) + 454(G): Molecular & Cellular Engineering + Molecular & Cellular Engineering Laboratory (SP19), 3+2 credit hours
  • BIOL 457(G) + 458(G): Advanced Cell Biology + Advanced Cell Biology Laboratory (FA18), 3+2 credit hours
  • BIOL 482(G): Comparative Physiology (SP18)(FA18), 4 credit hours

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Systematics Electives

  • BIOL 321: Entomology (SP18), 3 credit hours
  • 333: Local Flora, 4 credit hours
  • 351: Parasitology (FA18), 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 403(G): Virology (SP18)(FA18), 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 405(G): Mammalogy (FA18), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 413(G): Herpetology (SP18), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 414(G): Ornithology (SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 433(G): Plant Systematics and Biodiversity (SP18)(SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 436(G): Comparative Vertebrate Morphology (SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 445(G): Ichthyology (FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 461(G): Aquatic & Wetland Vascular Plants (FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 462(G): Invertebrate Zoology (FA18), 4 credit hours
  • 480(G): Marine Microbiology (offered on occasional basis), 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 485(G): Marine Botany (SP18)(SP19), 4 credit hours

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Statistics Electives

  • STAT 325: Introduction to Statistics, 3 credit hours
  • STAT 417(G): Biometry, 3 credit hours
  • STAT 427(G): Statistical Methods for Researchers I, 3 credit hours

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Courses that place an emphasis on writing

  • 307: Field Techniques, 3 credit hours
  • 337: Genetics of Human Diseases, 3 credit hours
  • 360: Principles of Ecology, 4 credit hours
  • 370: Special Topics in Biology, variable credit hours
  • 407(G): Environmental Toxicology, 4 credit hours
  • 409(G): Plant Physiology Laboratory, 2 credit hours
  • 412(G): Conservation Biology and Biodiversity, 3 credit hours
  • 424(G): Neurobiology Laboratory, 1 credit hours
  • 433(G): Plant Systematics and Biodiversity, 4 credit hours
  • 435: Honors Histology, 4 credit hours
  • 440(G): Estuarine Ecology and Coastal Marine Biology, 4 credit hours
  • 441(G): Limnology & Oceanography, 4 credit hours
  • 445(G): Ichythology, 4 credit hours
  • 485(G): Marine Botany, 4 credit hours
  • 495: Special Topics in Biology, variable credit hours

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