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? Example Syllabus
BIOL 322 Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 3    
BIOL 328 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Human Diseases 3   BIOL 328 F14
BIOL 335 Human and Other Animal Physiology 3   BIOL 335 F14
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 350 F14
BIOL 351 Comparative Chordate Anatomy 5 Y BIOL 351 S15
BIOL 352 Vertebrate Histology 4 Y BIOL 352 S15
BIOL 353 Introductory Parasitology 3   BIOL 353 S15
BIOL 354 Animal Behavior 3   BIOL 354 F14
BIOL 354L Animal Behavior Lab 1 Y BIOL 354L F14
BIOL 355 Plants and People 3   BIOL 355 S15
BIOL 356 Dendrology 4 Y BIOL 356 F14
BIOL 357 Biology of Plants 3    
BIOL 364 Invertebrate Biology 3-4   BIOL 364 F14
BIOL 365 Vertebrate Biology 4 Y BIOL 365 F14
BIOL 366 Plant Systematics 4 Y BIOL 366 S15
BIOL 370 GIS for Ecology and Environmental Science 1-6 Y BIOL 370X S15
BIOL 371 Ecological Methods 3 Y BIOL 371 S15
BIOL 381 Environmental Systems I 3   BIOL 381 F14
BIOL 382 Environmental Systems II 3 Y BIOL 382 S15
BIOL 393 North American Field Trips 1-4 Y BIOL 393 S15
BIOL 394 International Field Trips 1-4 Y BIOL 394 S15
BIOL 402 Introduction to Pathology 3   BIOL 402 S15
BIOL 414 Life History and Reproductive Strategies 3   BIOL 414 F14
BIOL 423 Developmental Biology 3   BIOL 423 S15
BIOL 423L Developmental Biology Lab 1 Y BIOL 423L S15
BIOL 428 Topics in Cell Biology 3    
BIOL 430 Principles of Plant Physiology 3   BIOL 330 F14
BIOL 434 Endocrinology 3    
BIOL 436 Neurobiology 3   BIOL 436 F14
BIOL 444 Bioinformatic Analysis 4   BIOL 444 F14
BIOL 451 Plant Evolution and Phylogeny 4 Y BIOL 451 F14
BIOL 454 Plant Anatomy 4 Y  
BIOL 455 Bryophyte and Lichen Biodiversity 3 Y BIOL 455 S15
BIOL 456 Principles of Mycology 3 Y BIOL 456 F14
BIOL 457 Herpetology 2   BIOL 457 F14
BIOL 457L Herpetology Lab 1 Y  
BIOL 458 Ornithology 2   BIOL 458 S15
BIOL 458L Ornithology Lab 1 Y  
BIOL 459 Mammalogy 2   BIOL 459 S15
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 472 S15
BIOL 474 Plant Ecology 3   BIOL 474 S15
BIOL 476 Functional Ecology 3   BIOL 476 S15
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 486 F14
BIOL 486L Aquatic Ecology Lab 1 Y BIOL 486L F14
BIOL 487 Microbial Ecology 3   BIOL 487 F14
BIOL 488 Identification of Aquatic Organisms 1 Y BIOL 488 F14
BIOL 489 Population Ecology 3 Y BIOL 489 F14
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 495 S15 Biol 495A S15
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
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
EEOB 551 Plant Evolution and Phylogeny 4
EEOB 553 Agrostology 3
EEOB 555 Bryophyte and Lichen Biodiversity 3
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
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
EEOB 584 Advanced Ecosystem Ecology 3
EEOB 585 Advanced Community Ecology 3
EEOB 586 Aquatic Ecology 3
EEOB 586L Aquatic Ecology Lab 1
EEOB 587 Microbial Ecology 3
EEOB 589 Population Ecology 3
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
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
AGRON 317 Principles of Weed Science 3
AGRON 338 Seed Science and Technology 3
AGRON 354 Soils and Plant Growth 3
AGRON 354L Soils and Plant Growth Laboratory 1
AGRON 421 Introduction to Plant Breeding 3
AGRON 485 Soil and Environmental Microbiology 3
Course # Animal Science Course Name Credits
AN S 319 Animal Nutrition 3
AN S 331 Domestic Animal Reproduction 3
AN S 332 Lab Methods in Animal Reproduction 1
AN S 333 Embryo Transfer and Related Technology 3
AN S 334 Embryo Transfer Laboratory 1
AN S 337 Lactation 3
AN S 345 Growth and Development of Domestic Animals 3
AN S 352 Genetic Improvement of Domestic Animals 3
AN S 419 Advanced Animal Nutrition 2
Course # Anthropology Course Name Credits
ANTHR 307 Biological Anthropology 3
ANTHR 319 Skeletal Biology 3
ANTHR 424 Forensic Anthropology 3
ANTHR 438 Primate Evolutionary Ecology and Behavior 3
Course # Biochemistry Course Name Credits
BBMB 405 Biochemistry II 3
BBMB 411 Techniques in Biochemical Research 4
BBMB 420 Physiological Chemistry 3
BBMB 430 Prokaryotic Diversity and Ecology 3
BBMB 440 Microbial Physiology, Diversity, and Genetics Lab 4
Course # Biomedical Studies Course Name Credits
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
Course # Community and Regional Planning Course Name Credits
C R P 451 Introduction to GIS 3
Course # Entomology Course Name Credits
ENT 370 Insect Biology 3
ENT 374 Insects and our Health 3
ENT 374L Insects and our Health Laboratory 1
ENT 410 Insect-Virus Interactions 3
ENT 425 Aquatic Insects 3
ENT 471 Insect Ecology 3
Course # Food Science and Human Nutrition Course Name Credits
FS HN 360 Advanced Human Nutrition and Metabolism 3
FS HN 361 Nutrition and Health Assessment 2
FS HN 364 Nutrition and Prevention of Chronic Disease 3
FS HN 367 Medical Terminology 1
Course # Genetics Course Name Credits
GEN 340 Human Genetics 3
GEN 409 Molecular Genetics 3
GEN 410 Analytical Genetics 3
Course # Horticulture Course Name Credits
HORT 321 Horticulture Physiology 3
HORT 322 Plant Propagation 3
Course # Kinesiology Course Name Credits
KIN 355 Biomechanics 3
KIN 363 Basic Electrocardiography 2
Course # Microbiology Course Name Credits
MICRO 302 Biology of Microorganisms 3
MICRO 302L Microbiology Lab 1
MICRO 310 Medical Microbiology  3
MICRO 310L Medical Microbiology Lab 1
MICRO 320 Molecular and Cellular Bacteriology 4
MICRO 402 Microbial Genetics 3
MICRO 408 Virology 3
MICRO 475 Immunology 3
Course # Natural Resource Ecology and Management Course Name Credits
A ECL 321 Fish Biology 3
A ECL 366 Natural History of Iowa Vertebrates 3
A ECL 415 Ecology of Freshwater Invertebrates, Plants, Algae 3
A ECL 418 Stream Ecology 3
A ECL 442 Aquaculture 3
A ECL 454 Principles of Wildlife Disease 3
FOR 302 Silviculture 3
NREM 301 Natural Resource Ecology and Soils 4
NREM 345 Natural Resource Photogrammetry and GIS 3
NREM 357 Midwestern Prairie Plants 1
NREM 358 Forest Herbaceous Layer 1
NREM 390 Fire Ecology and Management 3
NREM 407 Watershed Management 4
NREM 446 Integrating GPS and GIS for Natural Resource Management 3
NREM 452 Ecosystem Management 3
Course # Plant Pathology Course Name Credits
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
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