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Course Sequencing

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All students should complete BI 200 Molecules and Cells as soon as possible. A generalized course sequence is shown below. Because there are several possible progressions through the major, depending on long-term goals, students are strongly urged to consult with their academic advisor.

Freshman/Sophomore Courses:

  • BI 200 Molecules and Cells
  • BI 201 Ecology and Evolution
  • BI 204 Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology (prerequisite CH 109-111)*
  • BI 303 Introduction to Physiology
  • BI 304 Cell Biology**
  • BI 321 Plant Biology

Sophomore/Junior Courses:

  • BI 315 Introduction to Genomics (prerequisite or concurrent BI 204)
  • BI 319 Genetics and Genomics (prerequisite or concurrently BI 204)
  • BI 401 Environmental Biology
  • BI 407 Ecology of Plants with Lab
  • BI 414 Microbiology
  • BI 417 Microbial Genetics (prerequisite BI 204)
  • BI 435 Biological Chemistry (prerequisite Organic Chemistry I)
  • BI 442 Principles of Ecology
  • BI 445 Animal Behavior

Junior/Senior Courses:

  • BI 432 Developmental Biology (prerequisite BI 304 and BI 440 or equivalent)
  • BI 433 Human Physiology (prerequisite BI 304)
  • BI 457 Principles of Immunology (requires course work in cell or molecular biology beyond BI 200)***
  • BI 481 Introduction to Neuroscience (prerequisite BI 304)
  • All other 400 level biology courses (some carry prerequisite course work beyond BI 200)

Senior Courses:

  • 500-level courses. Most of these courses have multiple pre-requisites.

Notes about Pre-Requisites

*BI 204 Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology is a pre-requisite (or concurrent enrollment) for all of the genetics and genomics courses, and for many of the upper level electives.

**BI 304 Cell Biology is a pre-requisite for the following popular courses; list is not exhaustive. Students are advised to check the course descriptions:

  • BI 432 Developmental Biology
  • BI 433 Human Physiology with Lab
  • BI 481 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • BI 509 Vertebrate Cell Biology

***Many 400 and 500 level Biology courses require additional course work beyond BI 200 in areas of cell or molecular biology. BI 304 (Cell Biology), BI 321 (Plant Biology), BI 414 (Microbiology) and BI 440 (Molecular Biology) all provide coverage in these areas at an intermediate level.