Department of Biology

Advising for Biology Major – Wildlife Ecology Track 

This page will help you see what courses you should take and when you should take them.  There are two basic things you should keep in mind

FIRST - REQUIRED COURSES.  FIRST PRIORITY – You must complete the required courses to obtain your degree in Biology or Biology-Chemistry, however you need not complete them all during your freshmen and sophomore years.  You should take courses shown in bold letters at the times stated here or there will be trouble fitting those courses in later.  Elective Biology courses have a little more latitude regarding when you can take them  NOTE: required courses are determined by your major, so look in the College Catalogue where the required courses are listed..

SECOND - YOUR FIELD.  There are many fields in Biology at SJC.  This is the Wildlife Ecology Track. Other Biology Tracks have different requirements.  Be sure to look into the advising pages on the Biology Home Page for your area of interest.  This helps you know what courses to take and what your minor should be.

Here is a very helpful guide for your planning and registration if you want a BS in Biology that specializes in careers associated with Wildlife Biology and Ecological Sciences.

 

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall - Bio111 (General Biology I), Core 1, Freshmen Seminar, and 3-7 h from 3h Chm101 (Intro Chemistry), 4h Chm121 (General Chemistry I), ESS111 (Environmental Geology), ESS126 (Introduction to Atmosphere, Climate, and Weather), ESS128 (Environmental Studies), ESS132 (Geography of Economic Resources), ESS 121 (General Physics I), Precalculus, Calculus 1, PSY225 (Statistics), or intro course for your minor

 

Winter – Bio112 (Biology II), Core 2, and 3-8h from Chm101 (Intro Chemistry), Chm122 (General Chemistry II), Bio220 (Amphibian Population Research), MTH342 (Statistics), and Calculus I, or course for your minor
 
ELECTIVES

-         Calculus 1 (or High School equivalent) is required if you are going to take Physics or the Math Department Statistics course

-         You should take at least one appropriate math or statistics course during your freshmen year

-         You should take at least one physical science (chemistry, earth & space science) course during your freshmen year

 

SOPHOMORE  YEAR - NOTE pay attention to the catalogue, some courses are offered every other year.
Bio 233 (Ecology) this fallcourse is offered 2 out of every 3 years, 4h Bio246 (Environmental Research Methods) this winter course is offered every other year, Cores 3-4, Biology electives, ESS elective, Statistics

 

JUNIOR & SENIOR YEAR - NOTE pay attention to the catalogue, some courses are offered every other year.
Bio 233 (Ecology) this fall course is offered 2 out of every 3 years, 4h Bio246 (Environmental Research Methods) this winter course is offered every other year, 4h Bio 479 (Conservation & Restoration Ecology) this fall course is offered 2 out of every 3 years, Cores 5-10, Bio and ESS electives,
Independent studies, research or internships in zoology, botany or ecology

 

1. BIOLOGY ELECTIVES (to total of 36 hours for biology major/Wildlife Ecology Track). Please note that some of these courses are offered every other year.

- Fall Electives: BIO225 (Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy), BIO 231 Intro to Entomology, BIO346 (Animal Behavior)

 

- Winter Electives: BIO 232 (Invertebrate Zoology), BIO 220 (Amphibian Research), BIO 323 (Intro Microbiology), BIO234 (Herpetology), BIO 337 Genetics

 

- Spring/Summer Elective: BIO236 (Ornithology & Mammalogy)

2. PHYSICAL SCIENCE & STATISTICS ELECTIVES You are required to take three electives from chemistry and/or Earth & Space Science and one Statistics course. Please not that some of these courses are offered every other year.

- Fall Electives: CHM 101 (Intro Chemistry), CHM 121 (General Chemistry I), ESS111 (Environmental Geology), ESS126 (Introduction to Atmosphere, Climate, and Weather), ESS128 (Environmental Studies), ESS132 (Geography of Economic Resources), ESS 121 (General Physics I), PSY225 (Statistics)

 

- Winter Electives: CHM 101 (Intro Chemistry), CHM 122 (General Chemistry II), MTH342 (Statistics)

 

3. MINOR - BIOLOGY MAJORS - Most minor in Earth & Space Science.  To do that you can take 3 courses as part of the major and then take at least 3 more ESS courses.

KEEPING TRACK of the courses you've taken and those you still need - click here for a checklist
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