Effective Winter 2015

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in General Biology may not elect the following majors: 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.

General Biology has many of the same aims as Biology, but it is not recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate work in biology. It is an appropriate preprofessional major. It differs from Biology in that it requires fewer credits, less laboratory work, and has more breadth, particularly in the form of a non-science cognate course (see below).

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174, and 173; or
    BIOLOGY 195 and 173
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or
    PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or
    PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216;
  • Quantitative Analysis 1: One of MATH 115, 156, 175, 185, or 295
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One of
    • MATH 116, 255, 176, 186, or 296
    • STATS 250; 400-level or above
    • BIOPHYS 290 / PHYSICS 290
    • EECS 203 or 280
    • EARTH 468
    • Any other course with a MATH 115 prerequisite chosen in consultation with a major advisor
    [Note: any course used to meet this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective, i.e., a course cannot “double count”.]

 

Requirements for the Minor

 24 credits in biology and cognate fields, including:

  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).

    1. Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology:
      • BIOLOGY 230*    (4) Introduction to Plant Biology
      • BIOLOGY 252*    (4) Vertebrate Evolution and Diversity
      • 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).

      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, or BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
    3. Evolution: EEB  390 or 391.
  3. Two 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. 
  4. One cognate course from the following list: (Note: This list, which is put together by the Biology Curriculum Committee, includes courses offered by non-natural science units that treat biology or natural science generally in the humanistic or social context. These are not science courses, but courses that treat science or scientific issues from a historical, cultural, ethical, or political perspective)
    • ANTHRCUL 344 — Medical Anthropology
    • ENVIRON 256 / ANTHRCUL 256 — Culture, Adaptation, and Environment
    • ENVIRON 270 — Our Common Future: Ecology, Economics, and Ethics of Sustainable Development
    • PHIL 356 — Issues in Bioethics
    • PHIL 381 — Science & Objectivity
    • PHIL 420 — Philosophy of Science
    • PHIL 425 — Philosophy of Biology
    • RCNSCI 263 — Energy and the Environment
    • RCNSCI 270 — New Biotechnology: Scientific, Social, and Historical Perspectives
    • RCSSCI 275 / HISTORY 285 — Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society
    • SOC 330 — Population Problems
    • WOMENSTD 220 — Perspectives in Women’s Health
    • WOMENSTD 300 — Men’s Health
  5. Select additional Biology, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above (except EEB/MCDB 301, 302, or MCDB 412) to bring the major total to at least 24 credits.

 

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