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Biology Advising +

Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors.  Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice.  Students who are interested in the Program in Biology majors or minors should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year.  It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major.  

To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at www.lsa.umich.edu/biology.

 

Biology Major

Effective Fall 2014

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biology may not elect the following majors: General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; Biomolecular Science; or Neuroscience.   They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

This major program develops an appreciation of the levels of organization of life, its diversity, and the processes by which life has achieved its present forms. The program is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, or to prepare for graduate study in biology or the health professions.

Prerequisites to the Major

  •  BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173;
  •  CHEMISTRY 210/211 and CHEMISTRY 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  •  PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

Requirements for the Major

 30 credits, distributed as follows :

  1.  Select at least one course from each of two groups I-II. (See Course Listings I-II for the available courses in each group.) Students should enroll in these courses as early as possible
    1.  Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology: 
      • BIOLOGY 205      (3) Developmental Biology
      • BIOLOGY 207*    (4) Introductory Microbiology
      • BIOLOGY 225      (3) Animal Physiology
      • BIOLOGY 230      (4) Introductory Plant Biology
        Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 225 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 226* - Animal Physiology Laboratory (2 credits).
    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology: 
      • BIOLOGY 230*    (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • BIOLOGY 252*    (4) Chordate Anatomy/Phylogeny
      • BIOLOGY 255*    (4) Plant Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 256      (4) Animals Functioning in Environments
      • BIOLOGY 281      (3) General Ecology
      • BIOLOGY 288*    (4) Animal Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 381*    (5) General Ecology (SU at U-M Biological Stations)
        Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 281 also are encouraged to take EEB  372* -- General Ecology Lab (3 credits).
    3. An asterisk (*) indicates a laboratory course or a lecture course with a laboratory component

  2. Required courses in genetics, biochemistry, and evolution: 
    1.  Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    2. Biochemistry: one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
    3.  Evolution: EEB 390 or 391.
  3.  Select one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400-level (except EEB 302, MCDB 302 or 412).
  4.  Select additional Biology, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above (except  EEB 302, MCDB 302, or MCDB 412) to bring the major total to at least 30 credits. Two advisor-approved cognate courses may be used.
  5. Three laboratory or field courses in biology beyond the introductory level.  Library "research" and introductory biology laboratories do not qualify.  A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB 300 or 400, or MCDB 300 or 400), under the direct supervision of a faculty member, or, under a faculty member of another University of Michigan department with an EEB or MCDB faculty co-sponsor, may be used as one of the laboratory experiences.  Three credits of independent research must be completed in one term to satisfy a laboratory requirement.

    A maximum of three credits of any independent study course may count toward the major program.  

Honors Biology Program

Biology Major [Fall 2013-Summer 2014] +

Effective Fall 2013-Summer 2014

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biology may not elect the following majors: General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience.   They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

This major program develops an appreciation of the levels of organization of life, its diversity, and the processes by which life has achieved its present forms. The program is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, or to prepare for graduate study in biology or the health professions.

Prerequisites to the Major.

  •  BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173;
  •  CHEMISTRY 210/211 and CHEMISTRY 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  •  PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

Program of study in a major. 30 credits (Students who have taken BIOLOGY 162 or 163 must take 33 credits to complete the major), distributed as follows :

  1.  Select at least one course from each of two groups I-II. (See Course Listings I-II for the available courses in each group.) Students should enroll in these courses as early as possible
    1.  Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology: 
      • BIOLOGY 205      (3) Developmental Biology
      • BIOLOGY 207*    (4) Introductory Microbiology
      • BIOLOGY 222      (3) Introduction to Neurobiology
      • BIOLOGY 225      (3) Animal Physiology
      • BIOLOGY 230      (4) Introductory Plant Biology
        Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 225 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 226* - Animal Physiology Laboratory (2 credits).
    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology: 
      • BIOLOGY 230*    (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • BIOLOGY 252*    (4) Chordate Anatomy/Phylogeny
      • BIOLOGY 255*    (4) Plant Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 256      (4) Animals Functioning in Environments
      • BIOLOGY 281      (3) General Ecology
      • BIOLOGY 288*    (4) Animal Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 381*    (5) General Ecology (SU at U-M Biological Station)
        Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 281 also are encouraged to take EEB  372* -- General Ecology Lab (3 credits).
    3. An asterisk (*) indicates a laboratory course or a lecture course with a laboratory component

  2. Required courses in genetics, biochemistry, and evolution: 
    1.  Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    2. Biochemistry: one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
    3.  Evolution: EEB  390 or 391
  3.  Select one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400-level (except EEB 302, MCDB 302 or 412).
  4.  Select additional Biology, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above (except BIOLOGY 262, EEB 302, MCDB 302, or MCDB 412) to bring the major total to at least 30 credits (33 for students who have taken BIOLOGY 162 or 163). Two advisor-approved cognate courses may be used. A partial list of these may be obtained from the Biology Office, 1111 Natural Science, or from any department advisor.
  5. Three laboratory or field courses in biology beyond the introductory level.  Library "research" and introductory biology laboratories do not qualify.  A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB 300 or 400, or MCDB 300 or 400), under the direct supervision of a faculty member, or, under a faculty member of another University of Michigan department with an EEB or MCDB faculty co-sponsor, may be used as one of the laboratory experiences.  Three credits of independent research must be completed in one term to satisfy a laboratory requirement.

    A maximum of three credits of any independent study course may count toward the major program.  

 

Honors Biology Program

Biology Major [Fall 2011-Summer 2013] +

Effective Fall 2011-Summer 2014

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biology may not elect the following majors: General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience.   They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

This major program develops an appreciation of the levels of organization of life, its diversity, and the processes by which life has achieved its present forms. The program is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, or to prepare for graduate study in biology or the health professions.

Prerequisites to the Major.

  •  BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173;
  •  CHEMISTRY 210/211 and CHEMISTRY 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  •  PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

Program of study in a major. 30 credits (Students who have taken BIOLOGY 162 or 163 must take 33 credits to complete the major), distributed as follows :

  1.  Select at least one course from each of two groups I-II. (See Course Listings I-II for the available courses in each group.) Students should enroll in these courses as early as possible
    1.  Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology: 
      • BIOLOGY 205      (3) Developmental Biology
      • BIOLOGY 207*    (4) Introductory Microbiology
      • BIOLOGY 222      (3) Introduction to Neurobiology
      • BIOLOGY 225      (3) Animal Physiology
      • BIOLOGY 230      (4) Introductory Plant Biology
        Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 225 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 226* - Animal Physiology Laboratory (2 credits).
    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology: 
      • BIOLOGY 230*    (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • BIOLOGY 252*    (4) Chordate Anatomy/Phylogeny
      • BIOLOGY 255*    (4) Plant Diversity
      • BIOLOGY 281      (3) General Ecology
      • BIOLOGY 288*    (4) Animal Diversity
        Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 281 also are encouraged to take EEB  372* -- General Ecology Lab (3 credits).
    3. An asterisk (*) indicates a laboratory course or a lecture course with a laboratory component

  2. Required courses in genetics, biochemistry, and evolution: 
    1.  Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    2. Biochemistry: one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 451 and 452, or BIOLCHEM 451 and 452; and
    3.  Evolution: EEB (BIOLOGY) 390.
  3.  Select one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400-level (except EEB 302, MCDB 302 or 412).
  4.  Select additional Biology, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above (except BIOLOGY 262, EEB 302, MCDB 302, or MCDB 412) to bring the major total to at least 30 credits (33 for students who have taken BIOLOGY 162 or 163). Two advisor-approved cognate courses may be used. A partial list of these may be obtained from the Biology Office, 1111 Natural Science, or from any department advisor.
  5. Three laboratory or field courses in biology beyond the introductory level.  Library "research" and introductory biology laboratories do not qualify.  A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB 300 or 400, or MCDB 300 or 400), under the direct supervision of a faculty member, or, under a faculty member of another University of Michigan department with an EEB or MCDB faculty co-sponsor, may be used as one of the laboratory experiences.  Three credits of independent research must be completed in one term to satisfy a laboratory requirement.

    A maximum of three credits of any independent study course may count toward the major program.  

Advising. To make an advising appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/

Honors Biology Program

Biology concentration (Fall 2009-Summer 2011) +

Effective Fall 2009 through Summer 2011 

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Biology may not elect the following concentrations: General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience.   They may also not elect an academic minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

This concentration program develops an appreciation of the levels of organization of life, its diversity, and the processes by which life has achieved its present forms. The program is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, or to prepare for graduate study in biology or the health professions.

Prerequisites to Concentration.

  •  BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173;
  •  CHEMISTRY 210/211 and CHEMISTRY 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  •  PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/141 and 235/241; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

Concentration Program. 30 credits (Students who have taken BIOLOGY 162 or 163 must take 33 credits to complete the concentration program), distributed as follows :

  1.  Select at least one course from each of two groups I-II. (See Course Listings I-II for the available courses in each group.) Students should enroll in these courses as early as possible.
    1.  Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
    2.  

      BIOLOGY 207*    (4) Introductory Microbiology

       

      BIOLOGY 208      (3) Embryology

       

      BIOLOGY 222      (3) Introduction to Neurobiology

       

      BIOLOGY 225      (3) Animal Physiology

       

      BIOLOGY 230       (3) Introductory Plant Biology

       

      Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 225 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 226* - Animal Physiology Laboratory (2 credits).

       

    3.  Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology:

       

      BIOLOGY 230*    (4) Introduction to Plant Biology

       

      BIOLOGY 252*    (4) Chordate Anatomy/Phylogeny

       

      BIOLOGY 255*    (4) Plant Diversity

       

      BIOLOGY 281      (3) General Ecology

       

      BIOLOGY 288*    (4) Animal Diversity

       

      Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 281 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 282* - General Ecology Lab (3 credits).

       

    1.  Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
    2.  

      BIOLOGY 207*    (4) Introductory Microbiology

       

      BIOLOGY 208      (3) Embryology

       

      BIOLOGY 222      (3) Introduction to Neurobiology

       

      BIOLOGY 225      (3) Animal Physiology

       

      BIOLOGY 230       (3) Introductory

    3.  

      Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 225 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 226* - Animal Physiology Laboratory (2 credits).

       

    4.  Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology:

       

      BIOLOGY 230*    (4) Introduction to Plant Biology

       

      BIOLOGY 252*    (4) Chordate Anatomy/Phylogeny

       

      BIOLOGY 255*    (4) Plant Diversity

       

      BIOLOGY 281      (3) General Ecology

       

      BIOLOGY 288*    (4) Animal Diversity

       

      Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 281 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 282* - General Ecology Lab (3 credits).

       

    An asterisk (*) indicates a laboratory course or a lecture course with a laboratory component

     

  2. Required courses in genetics, biochemistry, and evolution:
    1.  Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    2. Biochemistry: one of MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 451 and 452, or BIOLCHEM 451 and 452; and
    3.  Evolution: EEB (BIOLOGY) 390.
  3.  Select one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400-level (except EEB 302, MCDB 302 or 412).
  4.  Select additional Biology, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above (except BIOLOGY 262, EEB 302, MCDB 302, or MCDB 412) to bring the concentration total to at least 30 credits (33 for students who have taken BIOLOGY 162 or 163). Two advisor-approved cognate courses may be used. A partial list of these may be obtained from the Biology Office, 1111 Natural Science, or from any concentration advisor.
  5. A minimum of three laboratory courses. Library "research" and introductory biology laboratories do not qualify. Only three credits of any independent study course may count toward the concentration program. A maximum of three credits of independent research under the direct supervision of a faculty member (EEB 300 or 400, or MCDB 300 or 400), or, on approval of the concentration advisor, three credits of independent research under a faculty member of another University of Michigan department, may be used as one of the three laboratory experiences. Three credits of independent research must be completed in one term to satisfy a laboratory requirement.

 

Biology concentration (Fall 2008 through Summer 2009) +

Effective Fall 2008 through Summer 2009

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Biology may not elect the following concentrations: General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience.   They may also not elect an academic minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

This concentration program develops an appreciation of the levels of organization of life, its diversity, and the processes by which life has achieved its present forms. The program is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, or to prepare for graduate study in biology or the health professions.

Prerequisites to Concentration.

  •  BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173;
  •  CHEMISTRY 210/211 and CHEMISTRY 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  •  PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/141 and 235/241; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

 

 

Concentration Program. 30 credits (Students who have taken BIOLOGY 162 or 163 must take 33 credits to complete the concentration program), distributed as follows :

 

  1.  Select at least one course from each of two groups I-II. (See Course Listings I-II for the available courses in each group.) Students should enroll in these courses as early as possible.
    1.  Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
    2.  

      BIOLOGY 207*    (4) Introductory Microbiology

       

      BIOLOGY 208      (3) Embryology

       

      BIOLOGY 222      (3) Introduction to Neurobiology

       

      BIOLOGY 225      (3) Animal Physiology

       

      MCDB 321*         (3) Introductory Plant Physiology Lecture

       

      Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 225 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 226* - Animal Physiology Laboratory (2 credits).

       

    3.  Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology:

       

      BIOLOGY 230*    (4) Introduction to Plant Biology

       

      BIOLOGY 252*    (4) Chordate Anatomy/Phylogeny

       

      BIOLOGY 255*    (4) Plant Diversity

       

      BIOLOGY 281      (3) General Ecology

       

      BIOLOGY 288*    (4) Animal Diversity

       

      Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 281 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 282* - General Ecology Lab (3 credits).

       

    An asterisk (*) indicates a laboratory course or a lecture course with a laboratory component

     

  2. Required courses in genetics, biochemistry, and evolution:
    1.  Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    2. Biochemistry: one of MCDB (BIOLOGY) 310 or 311, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 451 and 452, or BIOLCHEM 451 and 452; and
    3.  Evolution: EEB (BIOLOGY) 390.
  3.  Select one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400-level (except EEB 302, MCDB 302 or 412).
  4.  Select additional Biology, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above (except BIOLOGY 262, EEB 302, MCDB 302, or MCDB 412) to bring the concentration total to at least 30 credits (33 for students who have taken BIOLOGY 162 or 163). Two advisor-approved cognate courses may be used. A partial list of these may be obtained from the Biology Office, 1111 Natural Science, or from any concentration advisor.
  5. A minimum of three laboratory courses. Library "research" and introductory biology laboratories do not qualify. Only three credits of any independent study course may count toward the concentration program. A maximum of three credits of independent research under the direct supervision of a faculty member (EEB 300 or 400, or MCDB 300 or 400), or, on approval of the concentration advisor, three credits of independent research under a faculty member of another University of Michigan department, may be used as one of the three laboratory experiences. Three credits of independent research must be completed in one term to satisfy a laboratory requirement.

Biology concentration (through Summer 2008) +

Biology

Effective through Summer 2008 

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

This concentration program develops an appreciation of the levels of organization of life, its diversity, and the processes by which life has achieved its present forms. The program is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, or to prepare for graduate study in biology or the health professions.

Prerequisites to Concentration.

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and BIOLOGY 173; or BIOLOGY 162; or BIOLOGY 163;
  • CHEMISTRY 210/211 and CHEMISTRY 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/141 and 235/241; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

Concentration Program. 33 credits distributed as follows (30 credits for those who elected the new introductory Biology series BIOLOGY 171, 172, 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173):

  1. Select at least one course from each of two groups I-II. (See Course Listings I-II for the available courses in each group.) Students should enroll in these courses as early as possible.
    1. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
      • 207* (4) Introductory Microbiology
      • 208 (3) Embryology
      • 222 (3) Introduction to Neurobiology
      • 225 (3) Animal Physiology
      • 230* (4) Introduction to Plant Biology

        Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 225 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 226* - Animal Physiology Laboratory (2 credits).

    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology:
      • 230* (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • 252* (4) Chordate Anatomy/Phylogeny
      • 255* (4) Plant Diversity
      • 281 (3) General Ecology
      • 288* (4) Animal Diversity

        Note: Students taking BIOLOGY 281 also are encouraged to take BIOLOGY 282* - General Ecology Lab (3 credits).

        An asterisk (*) indicates a laboratory course or a lecture course with a laboratory component

  2. Required courses in genetics, biochemistry, and evolution:
    1. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    2. Biochemistry: one of BIOLOGY 310, 311, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 451 and 452; and
    3. Evolution: BIOLOGY 390.
  3. Select one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400-level (except EEB 302, MCDB 302 or 412).
  4. Select additional Biology, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above (except BIOLOGY 262, EEB 302, MCDB 302, or MCDB 412) to bring the concentration total to at least 33 credits (30 credits for those who elected the new introductory Biology series). Two advisor-approved cognate courses may be used. A partial list of these may be obtained from the Biology Office, 1111 Natural Science, or from any concentration advisor.
  5. A minimum of three laboratory courses. Library "research" and introductory biology laboratories do not qualify. Only three credits of any independent study course may count toward the concentration program. A maximum of three credits of independent research under the direct supervision of a faculty member (EEB 300 or 400, or MCDB 300 or 400), or, on approval of the concentration advisor, three credits of independent research under a faculty member of another University of Michigan department, may be used as one of the three laboratory experiences. Three credits of independent research must be completed in one term to satisfy a laboratory requirement.


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