School of
Integrative Biology

Organisms & Biodiversity

You may have had a fascination with a particular group of organisms since you captured them in your backyard or saw them doing amazing things on the Discovery channel. You may have begged your mother to allow you to have an exotic pet. You may have a passion to learn as much as you can about your group of organisms. If so, you can choose from among the three IB options that focus on vertebrates, insects, or plants.

The advanced courses dealing with organisms will include projects in both the laboratory and field. In addition to genetic and molecular approaches, the courses also rely on field plots, greenhouses, herbarium, museum collections, and wild and managed habitats.

The courses listed here are the ones recommended for students following the Organisms and Biodiversity Option and interested in preparing for a career in this field.

Vertebrates Emphasis

Introductory Courses

  • IB 150 Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
  • MCB 150 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life

Core Courses

  • IB 202 Anatomy and Physiology
  • IB 203 Ecology
  • IB 204 Genetics
  • IB 302 Evolution

Suggested Advanced Courses

(1 in each of 2 areas; 14 hours minimum including at least 1 lab course*)

Area 1 Organismal and Evolutionary Biology

  • IB 362 Marine Biology
  • IB 461 Ornithology (Birds)*
  • IB 462 Mammalogy (Mammals)*
  • IB 463 Ichthyology (Fishes)*
  • IB 464 Herpetology (Reptiles/Amphibians) *

Area 2 Behavior, Ecology, and the Environment

  • IB 329 Animal Behavior
  • IB 430 Animal Behavior Lab*
  • IB 431 Behavioral Ecology
  • IB 432 Genes and Behavior
  • IB 443 Evolutionary Ecology

Area 3 Integrative Anatomy, Physiology, and Molecular Biology

  • IB 303 Anatomy*
  • IB 364 Genomics and Human Health
  • IB 426 Environmental and Evolutionary Physiology of Animals
  • IB 434 Physical Principles in Biology*

Additional Approved Advanced

  • IB 348 Fish and Wildlife Ecology

Plants Emphasis

Introductory Courses

  • IB 150 Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
  • MCB 150 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life

Core Courses

  • IB 202 Anatomy and Physiology
  • IB 203 Ecology
  • IB 204 Genetics
  • IB 302 Evolution

Suggested Advanced Courses

(1 in each of 2 areas; 14 hours minimum including at least 1 lab course*)

Area 1 Organismal and Evolutionary Biology

  • IB 335 Plant Systematics*
  • IB 471 General Mycology (Fungi)*

Area 2 Behavior, Ecology, and the Environment

  • IB 440 Plants and Global Change
  • IB 452 Ecosystem Ecology
  • IB 453 Community Ecology

Area 3 Integrative Anatomy, Physiology, and Molecular Biology

  • IB 420 Plant Physiology

Approved Advanced

  • IB 472 Plant Molecular Biology
  • IB 473 Plant Genomics
  • IB 478 Advanced Plant Genetics
  • MCB 450 Introductory Biochemistry

Insect Emphasis

Introductory Courses

  • IB 150 Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
  • MCB 150 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life

Core Courses

  • IB 202 Anatomy and Physiology
  • IB 203 Ecology
  • IB 204 Genetics
  • IB 302 Evolution

Suggested Advanced Courses

(1 in each of 2 areas; 14 hours minimum including at least 1 lab course*)

Area 1 Organismal and Evolutionary Biology

  • IB 401 Introduction to Entomology*

Area 2 Behavior, Ecology, and the Environment

  • IB 444 Insect Ecology*
  • IB 482 Insect Pest Management*
  • IB 483 Insect Pathology*

Area 3 Integrative Anatomy, Physiology, and Molecular Biology

  • IB 427 Insect Physiology*

additional Approved Advanced

  • IB 468 Insect Classification and Evolution*

* Denotes course with laboratory or field component.