Old curriculum (2014-2015 bulletin and before)

Biology Core
The following courses must be taken by biology majors:
BIOL 151 Introduction to Biological Science I (3 credits)
BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I (1 credit)
BIOL152 Introduction to Biological Science II (3 credits)
BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II (1 credit)
BIOL 218 Cell Biology (now BIOL 300 Cell and Molecular Biology) (3 credits)
BIOL 310 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 317 Ecology (3 credits)

A “C” grade or better is required in BIOL 151, 152, BIOZ 151, 152, BIOL 218, 310 and 317 for enrollment in all courses for which they are prerequisites and to successfully complete the B.S. in Biology.

Organismal biology
One course from the animal group and one from the plant group.  At least one of the courses selected must include a laboratory.  For those courses in which the laboratory is a separate section from the lecture, the laboratory may be taken concurrently with or
subsequent to the lecture.

Animal group
BIOL 301 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5 credits, lab included)
BIOL 302 Embryology (5 credits, lab included, not currently being offered)
BIOL 309 Entomology (4 credits, lab included) – usually Fall
semester only.
BIOL 312 Invertebrate Zoology (3 credits, lab is separate and
optional) and BIOZ 312 Invertebrate Zoology lab (1 credit, optional)
BIOL 313 Vertebrate Natural History (3 credits, lab is separate and
optional) and BIOZ 313 Vertebrate Natural History lab (1 credit,
optional)
BIOL 314 Animal Reproduction (3 credits, no lab available)
BIOL 391 Topics: see Biology Undergraduate Advising Blackboard page for more information
BIOL 416 Ornithology (3 credits, lab is separate and optional) and BIOZ 416 Ornithology lab (1 credit, optional) – both are usually Spring semester only.
BIOL 417 Mammology (4 credits, lab included, not currently being offered)
BIOL 435 Herpetology (3 credits, no lab, course offering variable)
BIOL 445 Neurobiology and Behavior (4 credits, lab included)-
usually Spring semester only.
BIOL 503 Fish Biology (4 credits, lab included, not currently being offered)
BIOL 491 Topics in Biology (as approved, see Biology
Undergraduate Advising Blackboard page for more information)

Plant group
BIOL 320 Biology of the Seed Plant (4 credits, lab included)
BIOL 321 Plant Development (3 credits, lab is separate and optional) and BIOZ 321 Plant Development lab (2 credits, optional)
BIOL 322 Economic Botany (3 credits, no lab available)
BIOL 323 Plant Physiology (3 credits, no lab available)
BIOL 333 Evolution of Angiosperms (3 credits, no lab available)
BIOL 391 Topics: see Biology Undergraduate Advising Blackboard page for more information
BIOL 422 Forest Ecology (4 credits, lab included)
BIOL 425 Field Botany (3 credits, lab included)
BIOL 491 Topics in Biology (as approved, see Biology
Undergraduate Advising Blackboard page for more information)

Senior Capstone requirement (choose one)
BIOL 475 Biology Capstone Seminar
BIOZ 476 Biology Capstone Laboratory
BIOL 477 Biology Capstone Experience

The following courses qualify as a capstone experience if taken as a co-requisite with BIOL 477:
BIOL 492 Independent Study
BIOL 493 Biology Internship
BIOL 495 Research and Thesis
BIOL 497 Ecological Service Learning
Others as approved by the department

Laboratory requirement
At least six laboratory courses must be taken from all biology
courses; one of these may be BIOL 492 Independent Study or BIOL 495 Research and Thesis. Registration in BIOL 492 or 495 must be for a minimum of two credit hours in order to count as one of the six
required laboratory courses. BIOZ 151, BIOZ 152 and the
organismal lab also count towards this requirement.

Biology electives
Elective Biology courses at the 300 – 500 levels must be taken to achieve at least 40 total credits in biology. See the VCU Courses database for a list of biology courses. (Note: Biology Laboratory courses require a separate search.) CHEM 403 and LFSC 301 can also be counted towards the major.

 

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