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Biology Major

LBC Biology Major for Bachelor of Science

Michigan State University offers a unusually wide arrange of Biology majors including: Zoology or IBIO, Entomology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Fisheries & Wildlife, and more. The only one literally called "Biology" is in fact offered by Lyman Briggs College. You may take any of these majors and continue to be a LBC student at the same time. For example, as a LBC student you may craft your own major and combine the LBC major with a Physiology one to become a LBC-Physiology major.

If you'd like to major in LBC Biology a minimum of 41 credits in science courses (below) are necessary to complete the Bachelor of Science degree. These are taken in addition to (and generally after you take) the college-level required courses in the first two years like: Introduction to HPS, Introduction to Chemistry (Chem I & II), Intro to Mathematics (Calculus I and/or II & Statistics), Intro to Biology (Bio I & II) and Introduction to Physics (Physics I & II):

  • Take Organic Chemistry: CHM 251 Orgo I and CHM 252 Orgo II—6 credits total
  • Take LB348 and complete a Research/Field Experience of Lyman Briggs upper-level Biology courses—you need to complete at least 6 credits in total.
    • LB 348 Research Experiences in Biology—3 credits
    • Research or Field Experience—3 credits minimum
      • LB 494 Undergraduate Research
      • LB 493 Field Experience
      • LB 490b Advanced Directed Study—Biology
      • Approved substitution
  • Take these six courses in Zoology/ Integrative Biology—you need to take 20-22 credits total
    • ZOL or IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics—4 credits
    • One of the following options:
      • BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry—4 credits OR
      • BMB 461 Biochemistry I—and BMB 462 Biochemistry II—6 credits
    • MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology—3 credits
    • ZOL or IBIO 355 Ecology—3 credits
    • ZOL or IBIO 445 Evolution—3 credits
    • MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology—3 credits
  • Take one of the following courses in Organismal Diversity (plant, animal, microbe); if you find a better course that is not listed here, ask your advisor because substitutions are possible —you need to take 3-4 credits total
    • ZOL or IBIO 360 Biology of Birds—4 credits
    • ZOL or IBIO 365 Biology of Mammals—4 credits
    • ZOL or IBIO 370 Introduction to Zoogeography—3 credits
    • ZOL or IBIO 384 Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles—4 credits
    • PLB 402 Biology of Fungi —3 credits
    • PLB 418 Plant Systematics—3 credits
    • PLB 424 Algal Biology—4 credits
    • FW 471 Ichthyology—4 credits
    • ENT 404 Fundamentals of Entomology—3 credits
    • ENT 422 Aquatic Entomology—3 credits
    • ENT 470 General Nematology—3 credits
  • Take one course from both of the following categories. Lists below are not exhaustive, but examples are below. Any course listed can only be used to fulfill one category—you need to take 6-12 credits total
    • Upper-level ecology, evolution, behavior courses
      • ZOL or IBIO 313 Animal Behavior—3 credits
      • ZOL or IBIO 415 Ecological Aspects of Animal Behavior—3 credits
      • ZOL or IBIO 440 Field Ecology and Evolution—4 credits
      • FOR 404 Forest Ecology—3 credits
      • FW 417 Wetland Ecology and Management—3 credits
      • FW 420 Stream Ecology—3 credits
      • FW 431 Ecophysiology and Toxicology of Fishes—3 credits
      • FW 438 Philosophy of Ecology—3 credits
      • FW 444 Conservation Biology— 3 credits
      • FW 443 Restoration Ecology—3 credits
      • FW 463 Wildlife Disease Ecology—3 credits
      • FW 472 Limnology—3 credits
      • MMG 425 Microbial Ecology—3 credits
      • PLB 441 Plant Ecology—3 credits
      • CSS 442 Agricultural Ecology—3 credits
      • GLG 434 Evolutionary Paleobiology—4 credits
    • Upper-level Molecular and Cellular Biology Courses
      • MMG 404 Human Genetics—3 credits
      • MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology—3 credits
      • MMG 413 Virology—3 credits
      • MMG 421 Prokaryotic Cell Physiology—3 credits
      • MMG 425 Microbial Ecology—3 credits
      • MMG 431 Microbial Genetics—3 credits
      • MMG 433 Microbial Genomics—3 credits
      • MMG 445 Microbial Biotechnology—3 credits
      • MMG 451 Immunology—3 credits
      • MMG 461 Molecular Pathogenesis—3 credits
      • MMG 463 Medical Microbiology—3 credits
      • FSC 440 Food Microbiology—3 credits
      • ZOL or IBIO 320 Developmental Biology—4 credits
      • PSL 310 Physiology for Pre-Health Professionals—4 credits
      • PSL 431 Human Physiology I and PSL 432 Human Physiology II—8 credits

    To sign a major or if you have questions and would like to meet with an advisor, please contact the advising office by calling (517)353-6480 or emailing.

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