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Electives for Veterinary Bioscience

Students pursuing the Biology Major with Concentration in Veterinary Bioscience must complete elective courses in 3 thematic areas (Field, Laboratory, and Systematics). Courses that fulfill these requirements are listed below. Students interested in veterinary school are recommended to take electives marked by *. 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.

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

Sophomore Biology Elective

  • Any BIOL course for majors at or above the 200 level. Must be approved by the student's academic advisor. 3-4 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. Students interested in medical school should consider taking BIOL 337 and BIOL 455G. 3-4 credit hours


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Field Electives

Students interested in veterinary school are recommended to take electives marked by *.

  • 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 (FA18)(SP19)(FA19), 4 credit hours
  • sup>*BIOL 405(G): Mammalogy (FA18), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 407(G): Environmental Toxicology (FA18)(FA19), 4 credit hours
  • sup>*BIOL 413(G): Herpetology (SP20), 4 credit hours
  • sup>*BIOL 414(G): Ornithology (SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 427(G): Experimental Design and Analysis (SP19), 4 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 445(G): Ichthyology (FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 446(G): Fish Ecology and Management (FA19)(SP20), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 461(G): Aquatic & Wetland Vascular Plants (FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 462(G): Invertebrate Zoology (FA18)(FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 485(G): Marine Botany (SP19)(SP20), 4 credit hours

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Lab Electives

Students interested in veterinary school are recommended to take electives marked by *.

  • BIOL 308: Plant Anatomy (SP19)(SP20), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 318: Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology (FA18)(SP19)(SP20), 4 credit hours
  • *BIOL 354 + 356: Pathogenic Microbiology + Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory (SP19)(SP20), 3+2 credit hours
  • BIOL 408(G) + 409(G): Plant Physiology + Plant Physiology Laboratory (SP19)(SP20), 3+2 credit hours
  • *BIOL 423(G) + 424(G): Neurobiology + Neurobiology Laboratory (FA18)(FA19), 3+1 credit hours
  • BIOL 425(G) + 426(G): Developmental Biology + Developmental Biology Laboratory (SP19), 3+1 credit hours
  • *BIOL 434(G): Histology (SP19)(SP20), 4 credit hours
  • *BIOL 435: Honors Histology (SP19)(SP20), 4 credit hours
  • *BIOL 436(G): Comparative Vertebrate Morphology (SP19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 442(G) + 443(G): Immunobiology + Immunobiology Laboratory (SP19)(SP20), 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 (FA18)(FA19), 4 credit hours

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Systematics Electives

Students interested in veterinary school are recommended to take electives marked by *.

  • BIOL 321: Entomology, 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 333: Local Flora, 4 credit hours
  • *BIOL 351: Parasitology (FA18)(FA19), 3 credit hours
  • *BIOL 403(G): Virology (FA18), 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 433(G): Plant Systematics and Biodiversity (SP19)(SP20), 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)(FA19), 4 credit hours
  • BIOL 480(G): Marine Microbiology (offered on occasional basis), 3 credit hours
  • BIOL 485(G): Marine Botany (SP19)(SP20), 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

  • 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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