Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Department of Biological Sciences

Biology Major

Organismal Biology and Ecology

Completion of this concentration provides background for advanced studies in botany, zoology,
conservation biology or ecology, and/or career opportunities in environmental education, in
government environmental regulatory agencies and in the private sector.

Students completing this concentration are encouraged to take both General Botany (BIOL 205) and General Zoology (BIOL 207). Those students taking Biodiversity (BIOL 208) are required to complete an additional elective. Students taking this concentration have the option of choosing to complete a track in either Botany or Zoology, but selection of a track is not required. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a research experience or internship (e.g., BIOL 491 Independent Research in Biology, BIOL 493 Internship in Biology, BIOL 498 Honors Research or BIOL 499 Senior Thesis in Biology). They should consult with their advisers regarding these opportunities.

 

FOUNDATION COURSES
Course
Units
BIOL 201 Biology I: Cellular Biology and Genetics
4
BIOL 202 Biology II: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
4
BIOL 204 Educational and Career Planning for the Biologist
1
BIOL 309 Principles of Genetics
3
Total units
13

BREADTH COURSES
Course
Units
BIOL 208
or
BIOL 205
and
BIOL 207
Biodiversity

General Botany

General Zoology
3

4

4
BIOL 405
or
BIOL 408
or
BIOL 409
Molecular Ecology

Cell Biology

Molecular Biology
4

4

4
BIOL 221 & 221L
and
BIOL 222 & 222L
or
BIOL 325
or
BIOL 436
Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Animal Physiology

Plant Physiology
4

4

4

4
Total units
11-16

ELECTIVE COURSES
Course
Units
Choose one of the following*
BIOL 310
Conservation Biology
4
BIOL 402 General Ecology
4
BIOL 406 Limnology
4
BIOL 435 Plant Ecology
4
Choose one of the following*
BIOL 334 Humans, Science and the Chesapeake Bay
3
BIOL 347 Marine Biology
3
BIOL 353 Invertebrate Zoology
4
BIOL 371 Animal Behavior
4
BIOL 413 Evolution
3
BIOL 432 Vascular Plant Taxonomy
4
BIOL 446 Tropical Ecology and Conservation
3
BIOL 447 Tropical Field Ecology
4
BIOL 452 Wetland Ecology
4
BIOL 455 Fish Biology
4
BIOL 456 Ornithology
4
BIOL 458 Mammalogy
4
BIOL 461 Entomology
4
BIOL 467 Herpetology
4
Total units
7-12

* If Biodiversity (BIOL 208) was selected to satisfy the Organismal Biology and Ecology Concentration, an additional elective must be selected from among the list of Principles of Ecology or Diversity.

ORGANISMAL ELECTIVE
Course
Units
Choose one elective from the list of Principles of Ecology Electives or Diversity Electives above,
or successfully complete
BIOL 491
or
BIOL 498
and
BIOL 499





Elective independent research

Honors Research in Biology

Honors Thesis in Biology
3-4




3

2

2
Total units
3-4

ANCILLARY COURSES
Courses
Units
CHEM 131 & 131L
and
CHEM 132 & 132L
General Chemistry I Lecture

General Chemistry II Lecture
4

4
CHEM 331
and
CHEM 332
Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry II
5

5

 

PHYS 211
and
PHYS 212
or
PHYS 241
and
PHYS 242

General Physics I

General Physics II

General Physics I Calculus-based

General Physics II Calculus-based
4

4

4

4
MATH 237
or
PSYC 212
Elementary Biostatistics

Behavioral Statistics
3

4
Total units
25-30

 

 

Department of Biological Sciences
Smith Hall, Room 341 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3042
Fax: 410-704-2405
E-mail: biolsci@towson.edu

 


  Students in the organismal biology and ecology concentration get hands-on field experiences.  

 

 

 

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