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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Organismal Biology Specialization

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The organismal biology specialization allows a student to explore the structure (morphology), function (physiology), development, behavior, and taxonomic diversity of animals, plants, fungi and/or microbes. A student looking for a traditional zoology or botany program will be well served by this specialization. The organismal specialization is a good choice for students preparing for graduate study in organismal biology or planning for a career in the health professions, forensics, or state or federal agency work, and it can complement other programs such as teaching, biological anthropology, and psychology.

Required Courses

Biology Core Requirements

Organic Chemistry and Laboratory Credits: 8

Core Total Credits: 61

Organismal diversity requirement:

All students in the biology BS program must take at least one advanced (300- or 400-level) animal course, one advanced plant course, and one advanced course covering other organisms (fungi, protists, bacteria, viruses). These courses may be contained within the core or taken as electives. See department for list of approved courses in each category. These need not be additional courses already included to satisfy other major requirements.

Additional Required Courses

Select two of the following structural/ functional courses: Credits 10-11

Select one of the following taxonomy courses: Credits 4-5

Department-approved electives: Credits 23-25

Total Credits: 100

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