Biology Program Upper Level Course Offerings

Listed below are the planned upper level course offerings for the next four semesters. This information is provided to help you plan ahead and does not imply that you have to complete all the courses in the next two years. Biology majors take courses in all three categories to meet degree requirements. All of these courses have prerequisites and you should consult the catalog and your advisor to make sure that your plan takes this into account. Courses are designated as:

  • Required – biology majors are required to take this course
  • Alternate – biology majors are required to take one of these (Plant or Animal Physiology), you may take both
  • Elective – biology majors choose three biology electives

Biology majors must complete three electives to meet degree requirements and the biology program is trying to offer eight different elective courses in a four semester rotation that has two electives offered each semester. Since these courses are "elective" and not required they must have sufficient enrollment (12 students) to be offered. Our analysis of future enrollment suggests that we should have enough students to fill two electives a semester, but the data used in this analysis is a little fuzzy and we may have overestimated the demand for electives. Some of these electives are required courses in other programs (for example Biochemistry) and students in these programs will be competing for seats in these courses. These factors have the following practical implications.

  • Electives will be put on the schedule with enrollment set at 12
  • Electives that do not enroll at least 12 students will be canceled (with the possible exception of courses that are required by other programs, e.g. Biochemistry).
  • No biology majors will be added to a closed class until both electives in a given semester have 12 students.
  • It is unlikely that we will increase the seats in either elective in a given semester because doing so jeopardizes enrollment in electives in subsequent semesters. (A possible exception is seniors who will graduate that semester.)
  • If you want to take a particular elective, don’t procrastinate, register early. If you don’t you may not have a "choice" in which class you take. Please recognize that even if you do this, there may not be sufficient interest in a particular class to offer it (hint: talk your friends into taking the class with you).
  • Don’t count on two electives being offered in any given semester. This is our goal, but it will be driven by enrollment.
  • This list is subject to change, to find the latest and most accurate information check the Biology Program web page.

Term

Number

Title

CR

Instructor

Fall 2007

2203

General Zoology

Required

4

Huggins

Fall 2007

2224

Microbiology

Elective

4

Roof

Fall 2007

3306

Fundamentals of Ecology

Required

4

Huggins

Fall 2007

3315

Invertebrate Zoology

Elective

4

Yeager

Fall 2007

3380

Genetics

Required

4

Morris

Spring 2008

2202

General Botany

Required

4

Trisel

Spring 2008

3360

Biochemistry

Elective

4

Cunnick / Baur

Spring 2008

3370

Plant Physiology

Alternate

4

Trisel

Spring 2008

3390

Molecular Biotechnology

Required

4

Roof / Dodson

Spring 2008

4420

Developmental Biology

Elective

4

Flood

Spring 2008

4485

Senior Seminar

Required

2

Huggins

Fall 2008

2203

General Zoology

Required

4

Huggins

Fall 2008

3306

Fundamentals of Ecology

Required

4

Yeager

Fall 2008

3312

Advanced Botany I

Elective

4

Trisel

Fall 2008

3331

Terrestrial Ecology

Elective

4

Trisel

Fall 2008

3380

Genetics

Required

4

Morris

Spring 2009

2202

General Botany

Required

4

Trisel

Spring 2009

2224

Microbiology

Elective

4

Roof

Spring 2009

3316

Vertebrate Zoology

Elective

4

Huggins

Spring 2009

3368

Animal Physiology

Alternate

4

Flood

Spring 2009

3390

Molecular Biotechnology

Required

4

Dodson

Spring 2009

4485

Senior Seminar

Required

2

Huggins

 

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