Undergraduate and Graduate instruction lie at the heart of our department.  Whether in a large lecture hall, a teaching laboratory, the field or online - our faculty strive to impart their knowledge to a new generation of scientists and professionals working in the life sciences.   Subject matters covered by our courses are as diverse and integrative as our faculty and includes introductory level courses as well as highly specialized ones for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.  We offer two majors (and their corresponding minors), each of which incudes multiple academic tracks to allow students flexibility in designing their particular course of study while maintaining the rigorous academic standards that fuels our national reputation for producing top-notch graduates.

Biology Major & Minor

The Biology Major delivers broad, interdisciplinary training which can be used as a foundation for a wide variety of life sciences careers. Students can choose to specialize in one of seven transcript-visible options (see below) or select from a wealth of coursework in areas such as evolution, organismal biology and physiology to meet their specific professional interests. Biology is a common home for pre-veterinary medicine, as well as pre-medicine and other health professions. A Biology minor is also available. 

Biology major requirements and options in Ecology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Pre-Education, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Zoology Major

The Zoology major focuses on the diversity, organismal biology, ecology and evolution of animals. Many Zoology majors are interested in animal care and husbandry, as well as careers in field work, informal education, agency work  and museum curration. Elective courses in organismal biology, ecology and evolutionary biology and policy and management and can be used to pursue a variety of professional interests. The Zoology major does not provide the proper training for veterinary medicine, and interested students should instead look at the Biology major.

Zoology major requirements

All Courses

Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (BI 331/BI 332/BI 333)
Animal Behavior (Z 350)
Aquatic Entomology (Z 477/Z 577)
Behavioral Ecology (Z 593)
Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences, and Conservation (Z 349)
Biological Illustration (Z 507)
Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles (Z 473/Z 573)
Biology of Insects (Z 365)
Biology Pre-Health First-Year Seminar (BI197)
Community Ecology (Z 594)
Computational Methods in Genomic Analysis (Z507)
Critical Thinking and Communications in the Life Sciences (Z 319)
Dinosaur Biology (Z 315)
Disease Ecology (BI 495/595)
Ecological Methods (Bi 371)
Ecology (Bi 370)
Embryology and Development (Z425/525)
Environmental Analysis (ENSC 520)
Environmental Perspectives and Methods (ENSC 515)
Environmental Physiology (Z 423/Z 523)
Evolution (BI445/545)
Field Methods in Marine Ecology (BI 373)
Freshman Orientation (BI198)
Functional Anatomy of the Human Muscular System (BI 451, BI 551)
General Biology (BI 101, BI 102, BI 103)
Genetics (BI 311)
Genome Expression and Regulation (MCB 555)
Genome Organization, Structure, and Maintenance (MCB 554)
Grant Writing and Ethics (Z585)
Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (BI 341/BI 342/BI 343)
Human Ecology (BI 348)
Insect Biodiversity Survey (Z475)
Insect Biodiversity Survey (Z575)
Insect Physiology (Z 440/Z 540)
Introduction to Evolution (BI 345)
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (BI 231/BI 232/BI 233)
Introductory Biology (BI 204, 205, 206)
Invertebrate Biology (Z 361)
Invertebrate Biology Lab (Z 362)
Marine and Estuarine Invertebrate Zoology (Z 461/561)
Marine Biology (Bi 450)
Marine Conservation Biology (Z 464/564)
Marine Ecology (BI 351)
Molecular Host-Microbe Interactions (MCB 637)
Paleobiology (BI 427/Z 527)
Phylogenetics (Z556)
Principles of Biology (BI211, BI212, BI213)
Principles of Biology (BI 211H, 212H, 213H)
Scientific Writing and Ethics (Z 587)
SEM/Ecology (Z 507)
SEM/GTA Training and Development (BI 507)
SEM/Science and Policy (Z 507)
SEM/Zoology Grad Orientation (Z 507)
Special Topics in Biology (Bi 388)
ST/Make Your Science Matter: Communicating Science (Z599)
ST/Population Biology (BI 499)
Symbioses and the Environment (BI 358)
Systematic Entomology (Z547x)
Systematic Herpetology (Z 474/ Z 574)
Theoretical Ecology (Z 599)
Vertebrate Biology (Z 371)
Vertebrate Endocrinology (Z 437/537)
Vertebrate Physiology (Z 431, Z 531)
Vertebrate Physiology (Z 432, Z 532)
Vertebrate Physiology Lab (Z 441, Z 442)
Workshop (ENSC 508)

Undergraduate Courses

Animal Behavior
Aquatic Entomology
Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
Biology Pre-Health First-Year Seminar
Critical Thinking and Communications in the Life Sciences
Disease Ecology
Embryology and Development
Environmental Physiology
Evolution
Functional Anatomy of the Human Muscular System
General Biology
Genetics
Insect Biodiversity Survey
Insect Biodiversity Survey
Insect Physiology
Introductory Biology
Marine and Estuarine Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Conservation Biology
Paleobiology
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology
Special Topics in Biology
Symbioses and the Environment
Systematic Herpetology
Vertebrate Endocrinology
Vertebrate Physiology
Vertebrate Physiology

Graduate Courses

Aquatic Entomology
Biological Illustration
Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
Community Ecology
Computational Methods in Genomic Analysis
Disease Ecology
Embryology and Development
Environmental Physiology
Evolution
Functional Anatomy of the Human Muscular System
Genome Expression and Regulation
Genome Organization, Structure, and Maintenance
Grant Writing and Ethics
Insect Biodiversity Survey
Insect Biodiversity Survey
Insect Physiology
Marine and Estuarine Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Conservation Biology
Molecular Host-Microbe Interactions
Paleobiology
Phylogenetics
Scientific Writing and Ethics
SEM/Ecology
SEM/GTA Training and Development
SEM/Science and Policy
SEM/Zoology Grad Orientation
ST/Make Your Science Matter: Communicating Science
Systematic Entomology
Systematic Herpetology
Theoretical Ecology
Vertebrate Endocrinology
Vertebrate Physiology
Vertebrate Physiology

Online (eCampus) Courses

Animal Behavior
Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences, and Conservation
Human Ecology
Introduction to Evolution
Introductory Biology
Marine Ecology