Biological Sciences Major Tracks

The Department of Biological Sciences offers eight tracks within the Biological Sciences major. Each track requires at least 14 credits. These credits are in addition to the core requirements of the Biological Sciences major.

Core Requirements


Objectives
  • Create a commitment between students and their topic of study within the biology major.
  • Provide structure to electives to assist students development in their fields of interest.
  • Provide expertise in a field within biology for students seeking admission to graduate school, medical school, or other programs/job.

Course Listings for Each Track

Biomedical
Sciences
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  • AIDS
  • Anatomy
  • Arthropods and Human Disease
  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics
  • Bone Biology
  • Clinical Research in Rare and Neglected Diseases
  • Comparative Neurobiology
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Embryology
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Medical and Veterinary Parasitology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Molecular Genetics
  • Medical Molecular Parasitology
  • Neurobiology
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Topics Courses3
  • Trop Med &Public Health
  • Tumor Cell Biology
  • Virology
  • Undergrad Research (2 credits)
Cell & Developmental
Biology
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  • Advanced Cell I3
  • Bone Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Embryology
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Medical Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Biology I3
  • Molecular Biology II3
  • Readings in Cancer Biology3
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Stem Cells and Reprogramming3
  • Tumor Cell Biology
  • Other graduate level courses offered with permission
  • Undergrad Research (2 credits)

 

Concentration requires either Developmental Biology or Embryology

 

Computational
Biology
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  • Basic Computing for Bioinformatics3
  • Biostatistics
  • Dynamic Modeling
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Ecosystem Modeling
  • Genomics
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics3
  • Intro Systems Biology
  • Introduction to Applied Mathematical Methods4
  • Introduction to Dynamic Systems for Scientists5
  • Mathematical and Computational Modeling in Biology and Physics4
  • Population Ecology3 (Belovsky)
  • Population Genetics
  • Probability and Statistics4
  • Scientific Computing4
  • Statistical Methods in Biological and Health Sciences4
  • Statistical Methods in Data Analysis4
  • Statistical Methods in Molecular Biology4
  • Statistics – Advanced (Jones)
  • Undergrad Research (2 credits)

 

Ecology
& Environment
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  • Animal Behavior
  • Aquatic Conservation (offered periodically)
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Aquatic Entomology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Biostatistics
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Ecosystem Ecology (offered periodically)
  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology and Ecology of Infectious Disease
  • Evolution1
  • General Ecology1
  • GLOBES: Global Change
  • GLOBES: Humans, Genes and Environment
  • History of Life1
  • Mammalogy
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Plant Science
  • Population Ecology3 (Belovsky)
  • Population Genetics
  • Primate Behavior and Ecology2
  • Stream Ecology3
  • Topics in Biocomputing: Advanced Biostatistics3
  • Vertebrate Biology (offered periodically)
  • Undergrad Research (2 credits)
Evolution
& Genomics
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  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior
  • Aquatic Conservation (offered periodically)
  • Biostatistics
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Computing for Bioinformatics
  • Entomology
  • Evolution1
  • Fund of Bio Anthro2
  • Genomics
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics3
  • GLOBES: Humans, Genes, and the Environment
  • History of Life1
  • Intro Anthro Genetics2
  • Mammalogy
  • Plant Science
  • Population Genetics
  • Probability and Statistics4
  • Topics in Evolutionary & Ecological Genomics3
  • Vertebrate Biology (offered periodically)
  • Undergrad Research (2 credits)
Infectious Disease
& Global Health
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  • AIDS
  • Aquatic Conservation (offered periodically)
  • Aquatic Entomology
  • Arthropods and Human Disease
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Research in Rare and Neglected Diseases
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Epidemiology and Ecology of Infectious Diseases
  • GLOBES: Humans, Genes, and the Environment
  • Immunology
  • Medical and Veterinary Parasitology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Molecular Parasitology
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Trop Med & Public Health
  • Virology
  • Undergrad Research (2 credits)

 

Medical
Neurobiology
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  • Animal Behavior
  • Anatomy
  • Clinical Research in Rare and Neglected Diseases
  • Comparative Neurobiology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Embryology
  • Neurobiology or Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Primate Behavior and Ecology2
  • Topics in Neuroscience3
  • Topics in Physiology3
  • Undergrad Research (2 credits)
Integrative
Biology
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  • All Electives
  • The “Integrative Biology" track allows a student to design a broad biology curriculum without focus in any given area of study. Courses will require the approval of the department’s DUS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1Cannot count if used as core course
2Anthropology
3BIOS-Grad
4ACMS
5MATH

 


Core Requirements
  • Introductory Biology
  • Classical and Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular Cellular Biology
  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Physiology
  • 6 laboratory courses

This allows breadth in the core biology curriculum and also a deep intellectual dive into a subject of interest.


Features
  • A track will consist of 14 credits, 2/14 can be from Undergrad Research in that area.
  • Eight tracks are proposed: Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Developmental Biology, Computational Biology, Ecology and Environment, Evolution and Genomics, Infectious Disease and Global Health, Integrative Biology, and Neurobiology.
  • Allows flexible structure that can be adapted to changing needs and interests of students.
  • The “Integrative Biology" track allows a student to design a broad biology curriculum without focus in any given area of study. Courses will require the approval of the department’s DUS.
  • Courses listed in more than one track will not count twice.

Biological Sciences Major Tracks

Biological Sciences Major Course Listings