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 Courses Required *
Required Support Courses - Foundation for biological studies

CHEM 121-122 and either 341 or 310-319
GEOL 110-120; or ASTR 201-202; or PHYS 211-212 or 220-221
MATH 160 or 251, and MATH 210

Biology Requirements - General and focused studies in biological sciences

CORE: BIOL 130, 140, 331, 336, 337, 391, and 410 or 411
Botany: one course from BOT 301, 302, 303, 305, or 306
Invertebrate Zoology: one course from ZOOL 315, 325, 326, or 440
Vertebrate Zoology: one course from ZOOL 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 327, 328, or 352

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

15 hours selected from upper-division courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. Up to 4 hours of Biochemistry (BCHE) may be used to satisfy the elective requirement.



* 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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