Catalog 2010-2012

Biology: Ecology and Systematics Emphasis

The B.A. Biology Major: Ecology and Systematics Emphasis requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements (pages xxx-xxx) and the following  specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.

This emphasis provides training to students interested in organismal and/or ecological biology. With the guidance of a faculty advisor, students who wish to specialize further may follow one of four separate tracks: Ecology, Applied Ecology, Botany, or Zoology. This emphasis is appropriate for students interested in a career with private and governmental organizations conducting endangered species recovery, ecological restoration, biological surveys, toxicity evaluations, environmental impact analyses, field research, museum or herbarium curation, or who wish to work in zoos, nature centers, museums, or botanical gardens. This emphasis also provides suitable background for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in ecology, animal behavior, systematics, conservation biology, environmental toxicology, population biology, and evolutionary biology. Field courses offered during the summer program at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory may be accepted for biology elective credit.


  Introductory track: 840:051; 840:052; 840:100**; 840:140**.....15 hours

Cognate courses:

  Mathematics: 800:046 or 800:060 or 800:044 and 800:056.....4-5 hours

  Chemistry and Biochemistry: 860:044 and 860:048***; 860:063 or both 860:120 and 860:121.....12-13 hours

  Physical Science: 870:031 or 880:054.....4 hours

Electives: select from the following (consult with advisor)......21-23 hours

  Biology#: 840:103, 840:106, 840:112, 840:114 and 840:115, 840:120, 840:122, 840:131, 840:137 and 840:138, 840:142, 840:143, 840:146, 840:154, 840:155, 840:157,
  840:160, 840:164, 840:166, 840:167, 840:168, 840:170, 840:172, 840:174, 840:178, 840:179, 840:180, 840:185, 840:190, 840:198.

  Earth Science: 870:125  or

  Geography: 970:164.     

58 hours


*At least 7-8 hours of biology credit must be 100g/4000-level.

**840:100 and 840:140 are not required as prerequisites for 100/3000-level courses.

***Students with excellent preparation in chemistry may substitute 860:070 plus 3 additional credit hours of biology electives for 860:044 and 860:048.

#Not more than four (4) semester hours of credit from 840:179, 840:185, 840:190 and 840:198 will be accepted for biology elective credit.