Effective Fall 2014

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;
  • 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 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
    2. 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 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 "General Biology Cognate List." 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. A list of these may be obtained from the Biology Office, 1111 Natural Science.


Honors Biology Program

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