Effective Fall 2015

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
  • 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, 120, 156, 175, 185, or 295
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One of
    • MATH 116, 121, 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 Major

 30 credits, distributed as follows :

A. At least Three laboratory or field courses in biology beyond the introductory level  (This requirement overlaps with other requirements): Library "research" and introductory biology laboratories do not qualify.  

 Three credits of independent research must be completed in one term to satisfy a laboratory requirement.

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. 

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

B. Other Requirements

  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.

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

  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.  Electives and Cognates
    1. Select one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400-level 
    2. Select additional Biology, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above to bring the major total to at least 30 credits.

      Two advisor-approved cognate courses may be used.

    Exclusions  EEB 301 (effective Winter 2015), 302, 399 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 499 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2018), MCDB 301, 399 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008), 302, 412, 499 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)


Honors Biology Program

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