Concentration in Organismal Biology

Career Opportunities:

Laboratory Technician • Physical Therapy • Field Technician • Occupational Therapy • Naturalist • Education • Medical/Pharmaceutical Sales • and more

Life is complex and diverse, and the concentration in Organismal Biology was designed to allow students to more fully explore that diversity. This concentration provides a broad core of biology courses as well as a framework of electives exposing students to the various levels of biology from cell and microbiology through physiology and diversity studies.


Students interested in a broad biology background will be particularly interested in this concentration, as well as those who may wish to pursue a different course toward a career in education. Pre-physical therapy or pre-occupational therapy students can also tailor a program through careful selection of electives to help prepare them for admission to professional programs.


Course plan for a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Organismal Biology


Curriculum Component

Required Support Courses - Foundation for biological studies



Biology Requirements - General and focused studies in biological sciences









Electives - Courses for deeper exploration of the discipline or exploring related areas

Courses Required *

CHEM 121-122 and either 341 or 310-319
PHYS 211-212 or 251-252
MATH 160 or 251, and MATH 210


CORE: BIOL 130-140; 331, 336; 391; 410 or 411 or 412 or 413

Cell or microbiology: MBIO 310 or BIOL 337-338

Botany: one course from BOT 301, 302, or 303

Invertebrate Zoology: one course from ZOOL 315, 325, 326, or 440

Vertebrate Zoology: one course from ZOOL 201, 251, 319, 320, 321, 322, or 352


14 or 15 hours. Courses taught by the Department of Biological Sciences numbered 300 or above or up to 4 hours of approved courses from other departments. Up to 4 hours of 200 levels courses may be used provided ZOOL 251 was not used to meet the Vertebrate Zoology requirement. Students may not receive credit for both MBIO 251 and 310.



* (students must earn a C or better in all required and elective courses)

Programs of Study

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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