Major in Biology - Organismal Biology and Ecology Concentration

Completion of this concentration provides background for advanced studies in botany, zoology, conservation biology or ecology, and/or career opportunities in environmental education, in government environmental regulatory agencies and in the private sector. Students completing this concentration are encouraged to take both BIOL 205 and BIOL 207. Those students taking BIOL 208 are required to complete an additional elective. Students taking this concentration have the option of choosing to complete a track in either Botany or Zoology, but selection of a track is not required. Students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to participate in a research experience or as an intern (e.g., BIOL 491, BIOL 493 or BIOL 499). They should consult with their advisers regarding these opportunities.

Specific requirements for the Organismal Biology and Ecology concentration are listed under Requirements and outlined in the suggested Four-Year Plan of Study.

Foundation Courses
BIOL 200
200L
INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LAB]
4
BIOL 202INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION4
BIOL 204EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER PLANNING FOR THE BIOLOGIST1
BIOL 309GENETICS4
Breadth Courses
Select one of the following:3-8
GENERAL BOTANY
and GENERAL ZOOLOGY
BIODIVERSITY 1
Select one of the following:4
MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND CONSERVATION
CELL BIOLOGY
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Select BIOL 221 and BIOL 222 OR BIOL 325 OR BIOL 436:3-8
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
Elective Courses
Principles of Ecology Elective
Select one of the following:4
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
GENERAL ECOLOGY
LIMNOLOGY
PLANT ECOLOGY
Diversity Elective
Select one of the following:3-4
HUMANS, SCIENCE AND THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
MARINE BIOLOGY
INVERT ZOOLOGY
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
EVOLUTION
VASCULAR PLANT TAXONOMY
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
TROPICAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
TROPICAL FIELD ECOLOGY
WETLAND ECOLOGY
FISH BIOLOGY
ORNITHOLOGY
MAMMALOGY
ENTOMOLOGY
HERPETOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
Organismal Electives 1, 2
Select two electives from the list of Principles of Ecology or Diversity Electives above (BIOL 491 - Elective in Independent Research - may be used as one of the electives)6-8
Ancillary Courses
Chemistry as required for Biology major.21-26
Physics 2
PHYS 211GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED4
or PHYS 241 GENERAL PHYSICS I CALCULUS-BASED
Statistics Courses4
ELEMENTARY BIOSTATISTICS
BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS
Recommended Courses
CALCULUS I
CALCULUS FOR APPLICATIONS
SEMINAR IN ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, CONSERVATION AND BEHAVIOR
Total Units65-83

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 200
200L
4BIOL 2024
MATH 115, 119, 211, or 27313CHEM 131
131L (or CHEM 132/132L if CHEM 131/131L were taken in previous term)
4
TSEM 102 or ENGL 1023ENGL 102 or TSEM 1023
Core (can take CHEM 131 & CHEM 131L if taking a calculus course)3Core course or a Statistics course (MATH 237 (4) or PSYC 212 (4))3-4
Core (should be taken if not taking CHEM 131 & CHEM 131L)3 
 16 14-15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 20421BIOL 2054
BIOL 2074PHYS 21134
BIOL 3094Core3
CHEM 132
132L (if not taken in Year 1)
4Elective for the concentration or a Core course3-4
Core3 
 16 14-15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 325 or 4054BIOL 325 (if not yet taken) or an Elective4
PHYS 2124BIOL 484 (recommended)51
Core3CHEM 330 or 331 (or Elective (3-4))45
Elective (no more than 3 courses should have labs or recitation sections)4Elective4
Students should meet with their advisers to discuss REU programs, internships, etc., for next summerCore3
 15 17
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Elective (CHEM 332 if CHEM 331 was taken)4Elective (Consider BIOL 484, if not yet taken) and take elective, Core and other courses required to complete the degree; no more than three courses with labs or recitation sections))4
Elective4Elective4
Elective4Elective4
Core (Core and other courses required to complete the degree; no more than three courses with labs or recitation sections)3Core3
 15 15
Total Units 122-124
  1. Explain the core concepts and principles of Biology.
  2. Demonstrate the scientific method through the use of hypothesis testing in the design and implementation of an experiment.
  3. Utilize scientific methodologies from the biological sciences in the evaluation of issues in society.
  4. Apply appropriate critical-thinking/problem-solving skills in biological sciences.
  5. Communicate both verbally and in writing in discipline specific contexts.
  6. Identify fundamental similarities and differences among various fields of study within the Biological Sciences.