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Electives

Students pursuing the Biology Major with Concentration in Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology must complete elective courses in 4 thematic areas (Systematics - Zoology & Plant, Ecology/Management, and Skills/Tools) as specified in the degree plan, as well as courses in Statistics and Physical Science. Courses that fulfill these requirements are listed below, along with the semester(s) they will next be offered (shown for Biology courses only). Students interested in Marine and Coastal Biology should focus on electives marked by †. Students interested in Wildlife Biology and Animal Conservation should focus on electives marked by #. When choosing an elective, keep in mind that 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.

FA18 = course will be offered in Fall 2018
SP19 = course will be offered in Spring 2019
FA19 = course will be offered in Fall 2019
SP20 = course will be offered in Spring 2020

Zoology Systematics

Students interested in Marine and Coastal Biology should focus on electives marked by †. Students interested in Wildlife Biology and Animal Conservation should focus on electives marked by #.

  • #BIOL 321: Entomology, 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 351: Parasitology (FA18)(FA19), 3 credit hours
  • #BIOL 405(G): Mammalogy (FA18), 4 credit hours
  • #BIOL 413(G): Herpetology (SP20), 4 credit hours
  • #BIOL 414(G): Ornithology (SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 445(G): Ichthyology (FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 462(G): Invertebrate Zoology (FA18)(FA19), 4 credit hours

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Plant Systematics

Students interested in Marine and Coastal Biology should focus on electives marked by †. Students interested in Wildlife Biology and Animal Conservation should focus on electives marked by #.

  • BIOL 308: Plant Anatomy (SP19)(SP20), 4 credit hours
  • #BIOL 333: Local Flora, 4 credit hours
  • #BIOL 433(G): Plant Systematics and Biodiversity (SP19)(SP20), 4 credit hours
  • #†BIOL 451(G): Wetland Vegetation (LUMCON course - Check with LUMCON for availability), 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 461(G): Aquatic & Wetland Vascular Plants (FA19), 4 credit hours
  • #†BIOL 485(G): Marine Botany (SP19)(SP20), 4 credit hours

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Other Systematics Electives

Senior Year Systematics Elective credits can be fulfilled by any course on the list of Zoology Systematics or Plant Systematics or the additional Systematics courses listed here.

  • BIOL 322: Survey of Biological Diversity (FA18)(FA19), 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 480(G): Marine Microbiology (offered on occasional basis; last offered FA10), 3 credit hours

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Ecology/Management

Students interested in Marine and Coastal Biology should focus on electives marked by †. Students interested in Wildlife Biology and Animal Conservation should focus on electives marked by #.

  • #BIOL 307: Field Techniques (FA18), 3 credit hours
  • #BIOL 309: Wildlife Ecology & Management, 3 credit hours
  • #†BIOL 360: Principles of Ecology (FA18)(SP19)(FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 407(G): Environmental Toxicology (FA18)(FA19), 4 credit hours
  • †#BIOL 412(G): Conservation Biology & Biodiversity, 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 440(G): Estuarine Ecology and Marine Biology (FA18)(FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 441(G): Limnology & Oceanography (offered every other spring)(SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 446(G): Fish Ecology and Management (FA19)(SP20), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 448: LUMCON course: Marine Invertebrate Ecology (Check with LUMCON for availability)
  • BIOL 449: LUMCON course: Marine Fish Ecology (Check with LUMCON for availability)
  • BIOL 450: LUMCON course: Marine Field Ecology (Check with LUMCON for availability)
  • BIOL 456: LUMCON course: Coral Reef Ecology (Check with LUMCON for availability)
  • BIOL 459: LUMCON course: Changing Coastal Oceans (SP18)
  • †#BIOL 461(G): Aquatic & Wetland Vascular Plants (FA19), 4 credit hours

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Skills/Tools

Students interested in Marine and Coastal Biology should focus on electives marked by †. Students interested in Wildlife Biology and Animal Conservation should focus on electives marked by #.

  • BIOL 410: Individual Project (available every semester), 3 credit hours
  • #BIOL 417: Internship (available every semester), 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 418(G): Microscopy Theory and Applications (offered on occasional basis), 3 credit hours
  • #BIOL 427(G): Experimental Design and Analysis (SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 453(G)/454(G): Molecular and Cellular Engineering + Lab (SP19), 4 credit hours
  • ENVS 310: Environmental Field Techniques, 3 credit hours
  • #ENVS 455(G): Geographic Information Science I, 3 credit hours
  • ENVS 484: Watershed Science, 3 credit hours
  • ENVS 486(G): Water Quality, 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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Physical Science Electives

  • GEOL 355: Environmental Geology (Prereqs are normally waived for biology students with permission of instructor.), 3 credit hours
  • GEOL 440(G): Oceanography (Prereqs are normally waived for biology students with permission of instructor.), 3 credit hours
  • GEOL 455(G): Geology of the Gulf Coastal Plain (Prereqs are normally waived for biology students with permission of instructor.), 3 credit hours
  • PHYS 208: Introduction to Physics II, 3 credit hours

Courses that place an emphasis on writing

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

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