Suggested Coursework for Selected Fields of Study

The field of Biology is vast, and there are a huge number of specialties and careers possible.  Below we suggest some possible course selections that students might consider to help prepare them for careers in a few areas of biology.  This is not an exhaustive list!  If you have questions about other interest areas or about modifications to suggested sequences, then please talk to a faculty member in the Biology Department.

Whenever possible, the course selections are taken from the recommendations for admission to top graduate or professional schools in that area.  However, these suggestions are not designed for any particular program or employer.  If a student is interested in a certain employer or graduate/professional program, they should determine the eligibility or admission requirements from them.

Pre-dentistry, Pre-medicine, or Pre-veterinary preparation:

There are many potential courses of study to prepare students for health-allied fields.  Students interested in admission to dental, medical, or veterinary schools should periodically check with the designated advisors for these programs to keep pace with current national or state admission requirements.  Several meetings of student clubs during the year will provide such an opportunity.  Consult with the Pre-professional Health advising program for advice for your specific career interest. 

Professional schools in health fields will teach the appropriate foundation of anatomy, embryology, physiology, histology, etc.; therefore it may not be necessary to concentrate on these areas as an undergraduate.  Genetics (316) is required for pre-veterinary preparation and is highly recommended otherwise.  Pre-professional students should keep in mind that their undergraduate years may be their last opportunity to formally study subjects outside of dentistry, medicine, or veterinary science.  Therefore, such courses as Vertebrate Natural History (332), Plant Systematics (308), General Ecology (334), Biology of Insects (309), etc. may prove to be of greater life-long value than courses specifically related to human or animal biology.

Biology Courses Suggested for Other Selected Areas

Animal Behavior Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 309 Biology of Insects
  • 316 Genetics
  • 323 Animal Physiology
  • 332 Natural History of Terrestrial Vertebrates
  • 336 Behavioral Ecology
  • 339 Evolution

Biochemistry Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 307 Biology of Microorganisms
  • 308 Plant Systematics or 330 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
  • 311 Cell Biology
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 318 Molecular Genetics
  • 323 Animal Physiology or 327 Plant Physiology
  • 325 and 326 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Biotechnology Recommended Courses:

  • 307 Biology of Microorganisms
  • 311 Cell Biology
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 318 Molecular Genetics
  • 327 Plant Physiology

Botany/Agronomy/Horticulture Recommended Courses:

  • 302 Fungal Diversity
  • 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 308 Plant Systematics
  • 309 Biology of Insects
  • 316 Genetics
  • 327 Plant Physiology
  • 334 General Ecology

Ecology Recommended Courses:

  • MATH 119 & 120
  • PHYS 105 & 106
  • CHEM 123, 234, 235, 236
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. to Biochemistry
  • 302 Fungal Diversity and 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants or 308 Plant Systematics
  • 323 Animal Physiology or 327 Plant Physiology
  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology or 309 Biology of Insects or 332 Natural History of Terrestrial Vertebrates
  • 334 General Ecology or 336 Behavioral Ecology or 337 Aquatic Ecology
  • 339 Evolution

Ecology (Environmental Impact Assessment) Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 302 Fungal Diversity
  • 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 308 Plant Systmatics
  • 316 Genetics
  • 332 Natural History of Terrestrial Vertebrates
  • 334 General Ecology
  • 337 Aquatic Ecology

Entomology (Applied) Recommended Courses:

  • 307 Biology of Microorganisms
  • 309 Biology of Insects
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry or 327 Plant Physiology
  • 323 Animal Physiology

Entomology (Ecological) Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 302 Fungal Diversity
  • 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 308 Plant Systmatics
  • 309 Biology of Insects
  • 316 Genetics
  • 323 Animal Physiology
  • 334 General Ecology

Evolutionary Biology Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 302 Fungal Diversity
  • 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 308 Plant Systematics or 309 Biology of Insects or 330 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates or 332 Natural History of Terrestrial Vertebrates
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 323 Animal Physiology or 327 Plant Physiology
  • 334 General Ecology
  • 339 Evolution
  • MATH 123 & 124

Forensic Science Recommended Courses:

  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Biochemistry or Bchem 321 and 322
  • 318 Molecular Genetics

Genetics (Molecular) Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology or 302 Fungal Diversity and 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 307 Biology of Microorganisms
  • 309 Biology of Insects or 332 Natural History of Terrestrial Vertebrates or 334 General Ecology
  • 311 Cell Biology
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 318 Molecular Genetics
  • 322 Developmental Biology

Genetics (Population) Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 302 Fungal Diversity
  • 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 309 Biology of Insects or 332 Natural History of Terrestrial Vertebrates
  • 311 Cell Biology
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 334 General Ecology

Genetic Counseling Recommended Courses:

  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Biochemistry
  • 322 Developmental Biology

Invertebrate Zoology Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 309 Biology of Insects
  • 316 Genetics
  • 322 Developmental Biology
  • 323 Animal Physiology
  • 334 General Ecology

Laboratory Medicine Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 307 Biology of Microorganisms
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 318 Molecular Genetics
  • 319 Immunology
  • 325 and 326 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 329 Histology

Marine Biology or Biological Oceanography Recommended Courses:

Because marine science involves application of basic disciplines to the marine environment, a student's undergraduate training should give a broad and thorough background in these basic subjects. Specialization will begin in the graduate program.

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 302 Fungal Diversity
  • 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 307 Biology of Microorganisms
  • 316 Genetics
  • 323 Animal Physiology or 327 Plant Physiology
  • 334 General Ecology
  • 337 Aquatic Ecology
  • Marine Biology can be taken as part of the Australia Study Abroad program.

Microbiology Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 302 Fungal Diversity
  • 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 307 Biology of Microorganisms
  • 311 Cell Biology
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 318 Molecular Genetics
  • 330 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
  • 323 Animal Physiology or 327 Plant Physiology

Ornithology, Mammalogy, Herpetology, Ichthyology Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology or 309 Biology of Insects
  • 302 Fungal Diversity and 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants or 308 Plant Systematics
  • 316 Genetics
  • 330 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
  • 323 Animal Physiology
  • 332 Natural History of Terrestrial Vertebrates
  • 334 General Ecology

Physiology (Comparative or Environmental) Recommended Courses:

  • 311 Cell Biology
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 318 Molecular Genetics
  • 330 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
  • 323 Animal Physiology
  • 332 Natural History of Terrestrial Vertebrates or 334 General Ecology

Physiology (Human) Recommended Courses:

  • 311 Cell Biology
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 325 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 326 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Plant Physiology Recommended Courses:

  • 302 Fungal Diversity
  • 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 308 Plant Systematics
  • 311 Cell Biology
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 327 Plant Physiology
  • 334 General Ecology
  • 307 Biology of Microorganisms*
  • CHEM 333 Physical Chemistry*

*Recommended but not required

Phytochemistry Recommended Courses:

  • 302 Fungal Diversity
  • 304 Evolution of Terrestrial Plants
  • 308 Plant Systematics
  • 311 Cell Biology*
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry
  • 327 Plant Physiology
  • 334 General Ecology 

Public Health (Environmental Health) Recommended Courses:

  • 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • 307 Biology of Microorganisms
  • 309 Biology of Insects
  • 316 Genetics
  • 317 Intro. Biochemistry or 323 Animal Physiology or 325 and 326 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 334 General Ecology or 337 Aquatic Ecology