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 four transcript-visible options in genetics, marine biology, pre-education and pre-veterinary medicine or select from a wealth of scientific coursework to meet their specific professional interests in areas ranging from ecology to genomics. 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 Marine Biology, Genetics, Pre-Education and 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)
Community Ecology (Z 594)
Computational Methods in Genomic Analysis (Z507)
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)
Freshman Orientation (BI198)
Functional Anatomy of the Human Muscular System (BI 451, BI 551)
General Biology (BI 101, BI 102, BI 103)
Grant Writing and Ethics (Z585)
Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (BI 341/BI 342/BI 343)
Human Ecology (BI 348)
Insect Physiology (Z 440/Z 540)
Introduction to Evolution (BI 345)
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (BI 231/BI 232/BI 233)
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)
Marine Ecology Lab (BI 352)
Molecular Host-Microbe Interactions (MCB 637)
Paleobiology (BI 427/Z 527)
Phylogenetics (Z556)
Principles of Biology (BI211, BI212, BI213)
Scientific Writing and Ethics (Z 587)
SEM/Ecology (Z 507)
Special Topics in Biology (Bi 388)
Symbioses and the Environment (BI 358)
Systematic Entomology (Z547x)
Systematic Herpetology (Z 474/ Z 574)
Theoretical Ecology (Z 599)
Vertebrate Biology (Z 371)
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
Disease Ecology
Embryology and Development
Environmental Physiology
Evolution
Functional Anatomy of the Human Muscular System
General Biology
Insect Physiology
Marine and Estuarine Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Conservation Biology
Paleobiology
Principles of Biology
Special Topics in Biology
Symbioses and the Environment
Systematic Herpetology
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
Grant Writing and Ethics
Insect Physiology
Marine and Estuarine Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Conservation Biology
Molecular Host-Microbe Interactions
Paleobiology
Phylogenetics
Scientific Writing and Ethics
SEM/Ecology
Systematic Entomology
Systematic Herpetology
Theoretical Ecology
Vertebrate Physiology
Vertebrate Physiology

Online (eCampus) Courses

Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences, and Conservation
Human Ecology
Introduction to Evolution
Marine Ecology