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Sample four-year program: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

This is a sample of a typical class schedule. Your actual schedule may vary depending on your interests, credits previously completed through programs such as AP, post-secondary options, or test scores on math or chemistry placement exams.

Freshman year

Fall semester — 15-17 credits
  • Chem 1061 and 1065* Chemical Principles I – 4cr
  • Math 1271** Calculus I – 4cr
  • Writ 1301 University Writing – 4cr
  • Biol 1905 Freshman Seminar for the Biological Sciences (optional) – 1-3cr
  • BIOL 1805 Nature of Life, year one - .5 cr

*Chem 1015, 1011, or placement exam is the prerequisite to Chem 1061 and 1065
** Math 1151, 1155, or placement exam is the prerequisite to Math 1271

Spring semester — 17-18 credits
  • Chem 1062 and 1066 Chemical Principles II – 4cr
  • Biol 2002* Foundations of Biology I – 5cr
  • Math 1272 Calculus II – 4cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • Biol 1020 Biology Colloquium (optional) – 1cr
  • BIOL 1806 Nature of Life, year one - .5 cr

* Chem 1061 and 1065 are the prerequisite to Biol 2002; Biol 2002 may also be taken fall semester of sophomore year


Sophomore year

Fall semester — 15-16 credits
  • Chem 2301 Organic Chemistry I – 3cr
  • Biol 2003 Foundations of Biology II Lecture – 3cr
  • Biol 2004 Foundations of Biology II Lab – 2cr
  • Biol 2032 General Microbiology with Lab – 4cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • BIOL 2905 Nature of Life, year two - .5 cr
Spring semester — 13-15 credits
  • Chem 2302 Organic Chemistry II or EEB 4611** Biogeochemical Processes – 3cr
  • Phys 1201W or 1301W Physics I – 5/4cr
  • Biol 3407/3408W/3409/3411 - Choose from ecology, evolution, or animal behavior – 3cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • BIOL 2906 Nature of Life, year two - .5 cr

**Note: EEB 4611 is only offered during the spring in odd years; Microbiology is not required, but is listed as a prerequisite for EEB 4611

Summer — 2-4 credits
  • Field Experience at the Lake Itasca Biological Station (e.g. Field Ornithology, Flowering Plant Systematics, Telemetry/Animal Behavior) – 2-4cr

Junior year

Fall semester — 15-17 credits
  • BioC 3021 Biochemistry – 3cr
  • Phys 1202W or 1302W Physics II – 5cr
  • Organismal Biology - Choose from plant or animal biology, if microbiology taken earlier – 4-5cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
Spring semester — 13-14 credits
  • Biol 4003 Genetics – 3cr
  • Stat 3011 or 3021 Introductory Statistics – 4cr
  • Biol 3407/3408W/3409/3411 - Choose from ecology, evolution, or animal behavior – 3cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr

Senior year

Fall semester — 14-16 credits
  • EEB 4994 Directed Research – 1-6cr
  • Major Electives (See approved list for EEB major)
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • Additional courses to equal desired credit load
Spring semester — 14-16 credits
  • EEB 4794W Directed Research - Writing Intensive – 1-6cr
  • Major Electives (See approved list for EEB major)
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • Additional courses to equal desired credit load