Concentration in Organismal Biology

Organismal Biology – Little Life

Study the small fry and work toward making big advances.

You’ll spend time studying animal and/or plant sciences, how organisms are identified and classified, how an organism’s structure is related to its function and the general biology of organisms.

You will study the branch of biology that involves the behavior, composition and organization of organisms. You’ll also learn about molecular structure and genetic makeup to help you understand entire organisms.

Many of your classes in the organismal concentration have weekly labs (often noted as four credit classes). These labs are traditional some of the time but also require spending much of your time in the field studying your subjects.

Yep. We said it. Field trips, in college.


Your Electives Will Need to Include:

These three classes:

  • BIO 311 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 318 Botany
  • BIO 333 Microbiology

One of these classes for a minimum of three credits:

  • BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 323 Mammalogy
  • BIO 324 Ornithology

AND at a minimum of seven credits, one class from each of these lists:

  • BIO 346 Intro. to Molecular and Cell Biology
  • CHM 341 Biochemistry I


  • BIO 302 Ecology
  • BIO 325 Principles of Wildlife Management

Find more of the classes you will take in our academic catalog.


Begin Your Career

Apply your skills in these careers.

  • Microbiology
  • Botany
  • Research
  • Museum Curation


Get to Know Your Professors

Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with professors who care about you and your work.

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