Biology Major Requirements – Advanced Biology Coursework

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Approved Advanced Biology Courses

Advanced Biology Courses

Biology majors take a total of 21 advanced biology coursework related to their interests.  Of those 21 credits, 9 credits must be taken from BIOL, EEOB, or GDCB course offerings, and 2 courses need a laboratory/field component.  A printer-friendly, downloadable list of approved advanced biology courses can be found here: Approved Advanced Biology Courses 2019-2020 (PDF)

Courses offered by the Biology Program for undergraduates:

Course # Course Name Credits Lab?
BIOL 322 Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 3  
BIOL 328 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Human Diseases 3  
BIOL 335 Human and Other Animal Physiology 3  
BIOL 355L Human and Other Animal Physiology Lab 1 Y
BIOL 336 Ecological and Evolutionary Animal Physiology 3  
BIOL 334 Human Reproduction 3  
BIOL 349 The Genome Perspective in Biology 2  
BIOL 350 Comprehensive Human Anatomy 3  
BIOL 351 Comparative Chordate Anatomy 5 Y
BIOL 352 Vertebrate Histology 4 Y
BIOL 353 Introductory Parasitology 3  
BIOL 354 Animal Behavior 3  
BIOL 354L Animal Behavior Lab 1 Y
BIOL 355 Plants and People 3  
BIOL 356 Dendrology 4 Y
BIOL 357 Biology of Plants 3  
BIOL 364 Invertebrate Biology 3-4  
BIOL 365 Vertebrate Biology 4 Y
BIOL 366 Plant Systematics 4 Y
BIOL 370 GIS for Ecology and Environmental Science 1-6 Y
BIOL 371 Ecological Methods 3 Y
BIOL 381 Environmental Systems I 3  
BIOL 382 Environmental Systems II 3 Y
BIOL 393 North American Field Trips 1-4 Y
BIOL 394 International Field Trips 1-4 Y
BIOL 402 Introduction to Pathology 3  
BIOL 414 Life History and Reproductive Strategies 3  
BIOL 423 Developmental Biology 3  
BIOL 423L Developmental Biology Lab 1 Y
BIOL 428 Topics in Cell Biology 3  
BIOL 430 Principles of Plant Physiology 3  
BIOL 434 Endocrinology 3  
BIOL 436 Neurobiology 3  
BIOL 444 Bioinformatic Analysis 4  
BIOL 451 Plant Evolution and Phylogeny 4 Y
BIOL 454 Plant Anatomy 4 Y
BIOL 455 Bryophyte and Lichen Biodiversity 3 Y
BIOL 456 Principles of Mycology 3 Y
BIOL 457 Herpetology 2  
BIOL 457L Herpetology Lab 1 Y
BIOL 458 Ornithology 2  
BIOL 458L Ornithology Lab 1 Y
BIOL 459 Mammalogy 2  
BIOL 459L Mammalogy Lab 1 Y
BIOL 462 Evolutionary Genetics 3  
BIOL 464 Wetland Ecology 3  
BIOL 465 Macroevolution 3  
BIOL 471 Introduction to Conservation Biology 3  
BIOL 472 Community Ecology 3  
BIOL 474 Plant Ecology 3  
BIOL 476 Functional Ecology 3  
BIOL 480 Studies in Marine Biology 1-8 Y
BIOL 481 Summer Field Studies 1-8 Y
BIOL 482 Tropical Biology 1-4 Y
BIOL 483X Environmental Biogeochemistry 3  
BIOL 484 Ecosystem Ecology 3  
BIOL 486 Aquatic Ecology 3  
BIOL 486L Aquatic Ecology Lab 1 Y
BIOL 487 Microbial Ecology 3  
BIOL 488 Identification of Aquatic Organisms 1 Y
BIOL 489 Population Ecology 3 Y
BIOL 490 Independent Study 1  
BIOL 491 Undergraduate Teaching Experience 1-2 Y
BIOL 492 Preparing for Graduate School in Biology 1  
BIOL 494 Biology Internship 1-2 Y
BIOL 495 Undergraduate Seminar 1-3  
BIOL 498 Cooperative Education R  
BIOL 499 Undergraduate Research 1-3 Y

Graduate-level courses open to qualified upperclass students in Biology:

Course # Course Name Credits Lab?
EEOB 507 Advanced Animal Behavior 3  
EEOB 514 Life History and Reproductive Strategies 3  
EEOB 531 Conservation Biology 3  
EEOB 534 Endocrinology 3  
EEOB 535 Restoration Ecology 3 Y
EEOB 551 Plant Evolution and Phylogeny 4  
EEOB 553 Agrostology 3  
EEOB 555 Bryophyte and Lichen Biodiversity 3 Y
EEOB 558 Ornithology 2  
EEOB 559 Mammology 2  
EEOB 561 Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics 3  
EEOB 562 Evolutionary Genetics 3  
EEOB 563 Molecular Phylogenetics 3  
EEOB 564 Wetland Ecology 3  
EEOB 565 Macroevolution 3  
EEOB 566 Molecular Evolution 3  
EEOB 567 Empirical Population Genetics 3  
EEOB 568 Advanced Systematics 3 Y
EEOB 569 Biogeography 3  
EEOB 570 Landscape Ecology 3  
EEOB 573 Techniques for Biology Teaching 1-2  
EEOB 576 Functional Ecology 3  
EEOB 577 Concepts in Theoretical Ecology and Evolution 1  
EEOB 581 Environmental Systems I 3-4  
EEOB 582 Environmental Systems II 3-4 Y
EEOB 584 Advanced Ecosystem Ecology 3  
EEOB 585 Advanced Community Ecology 3  
EEOB 586 Aquatic Ecology 3  
EEOB 586L Aquatic Ecology Lab 1 Y
EEOB 587 Microbial Ecology 3  
EEOB 589 Population Ecology 3 Y
EEOB 590 Special Topics 1-3  
EEOB 596 Ecology and Society 3  
GDCB 505 Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology 3  
GDCB 510 Transmission Genetics 3  
GDCB 511 Molecular Genetics 3  
GDCB 513 Plant Metabolism 2  
GDCB 528 Advances in Molecular Cell Biology 3  
GDCB 533 Advances in Developmental Biology 3  
GDCB 536 Statistical Genetics 4  
GDCB 542 Intro to Molecular Biology Techniques 1 Y
GDCB 444 Fundamentals of Bioinformatics 4  
GDCB 545 Plant Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 3  
GDCB 556 Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Neuroscience 3  
GDCB 557 Advanced Neuroscience Techniques 3  
GDCB 568 Bioinformatics II (Statistical) 3  
GDCB 569 Bioinformatics III (Structual) 3  
GDCB 570 Bioinformatics IV (Systems Biology) 3  
GDCB 585 Fundamentals of Predictive Plant Phenomics 4  
GDCB 590 Special Topics variable  

Courses offered by other departments on campus with a biological science focus:

(note that these courses may have pre-requisites that do not count towards advanced biology coursework)

Course # Agronomy Course Name Credits Lab?
AGRON 316 Crop Structure-Function Relationships 3  
AGRON 317 Principles of Weed Science 3  
AGRON 338 Seed Science and Technology 3 Y
AGRON 354 Soils and Plant Growth 3  
AGRON 354L Soils and Plant Growth Laboratory 1 Y
AGRON 421 Introduction to Plant Breeding 3  
AGRON 485 Soil and Environmental Microbiology 3  
Course # Animal Science Course Name Credits Lab?
AN S 313 Exercise Physiology of Animals 2  
AN S 319 Animal Nutrition 3  
AN S 331 Domestic Animal Reproduction 3  
AN S 332 Lab Methods in Animal Reproduction 1 Y
AN S 333 Embryo Transfer and Related Technology 3  
AN S 334 Embryo Transfer Laboratory 1 Y
AN S 337 Lactation 3  
AN S 345 Growth and Development of Domestic Animals 3  
AN S 352 Genetic Improvement of Domestic Animals 3 Y
AN S 419 Advanced Animal Nutrition 2  
Course # Anthropology Course Name Credits Lab?
ANTHR 307 Biological Anthropology 3 Y
ANTHR 319 Skeletal Biology 3 Y
ANTHR 424 Forensic Anthropology 3 Y
ANTHR 438 Primate Evolutionary Ecology and Behavior 3  
ANTHR 482 Topics in Biological Anthropology 3  
Course # Biochemistry Course Name Credits Lab?
BBMB 405 Biochemistry II 3  
BBMB 411 Techniques in Biochemical Research 4 Y
BBMB 420 Mammalian Biochemistry 3  
BBMB 430 Prokaryotic Diversity and Ecology 3  
BBMB 440 Microbial Physiology, Diversity, and Genetics Lab 4 Y
Course # Biomedical Studies Course Name Credits Lab?
B M S 329 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 3  
B M S 335 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease 1  
B M S 401 Introduction to Aquatic Animal Medicine 1 Y
Course # Community and Regional Planning Course Name Credits Lab?
C R P 451 Introduction to GIS 3 Y
Course # Entomology Course Name Credits Lab?
ENT 370 Insect Biology 3 Y
ENT 374 Insects and our Health 3  
ENT 374L Insects and our Health Laboratory 1 Y
ENT 410 Insect-Virus Interactions 3  
ENT 425 Aquatic Insects 3 Y
ENT 471 Insect Ecology 3 Y
Course # Food Science and Human Nutrition Course Name Credits Lab?
FS HN 360 Advanced Human Nutrition and Metabolism 3  
FS HN 361 Nutrition and Health Assessment 2 Y
FS HN 362 Nutrition in Growth and Development 3  
FS HN 364 Nutrition and Prevention of Chronic Disease 3  
FS HN 367 Medical Terminology 1  
Course # Genetics Course Name Credits Lab?
GEN 340 Human Genetics 3  
GEN 409 Molecular Genetics 3  
GEN 410 Analytical Genetics 3  
Course # Health Studies Course Name Credits Lab?
H S 350 Human Diseases 3  
Course # Horticulture Course Name Credits Lab?
HORT 321 Horticulture Physiology 3  
HORT 322 Plant Propagation 3 Y
Course # Kinesiology Course Name Credits Lab?
KIN 355 Biomechanics 3  
KIN 363 Basic Electrocardiography 2  
KIN 472 Neural Basis of Human Movement 3  
Course # Microbiology Course Name Credits Lab?
MICRO 302 Biology of Microorganisms 3  
MICRO 302L Microbiology Lab 1 Y
MICRO 310 Medical Microbiology  3  
MICRO 310L Medical Microbiology Lab 1 Y
MICRO 320 Molecular and Cellular Bacteriology 4  
MICRO 402 Microbial Genetics 3  
MICRO 408 Virology 3  
MICRO 475 Immunology 3  
MICRO 475L Immunology Lab 1 Y
Course # Natural Resource Ecology and Management Course Name Credits Lab?
A ECL 321 Fish Biology 3 Y
A ECL 366 Natural History of Iowa Vertebrates 3 Y
A ECL 415 Ecology of Freshwater Invertebrates, Plants, Algae 3 Y
A ECL 418 Stream Ecology 3 Y
A ECL 442 Aquaculture 3  
A ECL 454 Principles of Wildlife Disease 3  
FOR 302 Silviculture 3 Y
NREM 301 Natural Resource Ecology and Soils 4 Y
NREM 345 Natural Resource Photogrammetry and GIS 3 Y
NREM 357 Midwestern Prairie Plants 1 Y
NREM 358 Forest Herbaceous Layer 1 Y
NREM 390 Fire Ecology and Management 3  
NREM 407 Watershed Management 4 Y
NREM 446 Integrating GPS and GIS for Natural Resource Management 3 Y
NREM 452 Ecosystem Management 3 Y
Course # Plant Pathology Course Name Credits Lab?
PL P 408 Principles of Plant Pathology 3  
PL P 416 Forest Insects and Diseases 3  
PL P 416L Forest Insects and Diseases Laboratory 1 Y
PL P 477 Bacterial-Plant Interactions 3  
PL P 494 Seed Pathology 2  
Course # Psychology Course Name Credits
PSYCH 310 Brain and Behavior 3
PSYCH 315 Drugs and Behavior 3