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Biology Degree Program
Aven Nelson Building, Room 114
Department of Botany, 3165
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-4393
Fax: 307-766-2851

The Biology major is an interdepartmental program designed for students interested in obtaining a broad education in biological sciences. It enables students to combine courses in biology, botany, zoology, physiology, and other biological sciences to meet the requirements of the major. On completion of the core requirements for the major, specific courses selected to complete the major may vary according to students' interests and are worked out by consultations between student and adviser. The requirements for a bachelor's degree are outlined in the Biology section of the Bulletin.

Biology is the study of living plants and animals, of how they evolved and how they interact with their environment and each other (i.e., their ecology).

The teaching of biology has been the responsibility of the Departments of Botany and Zoology and Physiology for several decades. The degree depends heavily on courses that form the Life Sciences (Biology) Program. This program is the largest interdisciplinary program on campus, and while it is still taught mainly by zoologists and botanists, it is now the source of basic biological knowledge for all students who are considering making a career in the biological and life sciences. In other words, all students who are considering majoring in botany or zoology or agricultural sciences or health sciences have to study the basic courses that underpin the life sciences before moving the courses that form the content of their majors. These courses include General Biology, Animal Biology, Plant and Fungal Biology, Microbiology, Ecology, Evolution and Genetics.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is designed to provide a thorough foundation in biology and other supporting areas of science and mathematics, while providing maximum flexibility and student choice. Upon completion of the core requirements for the major (see list at, specific courses to complete the degree will vary according to a student's interests and career plans and may be selected from a variety of departments on campus. It is an ideal degree for students who are thinking of pursuing a career in teaching, or who are undecided about which major they should concentrate in, or who would like a broad life sciences education before entering a professional career. In addition, students taking the Biology degree have the advantage of being able to take any of the life science minors available.

Typical Program of Study for Biology Majors

Freshman and Sophomore Years
Students take introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. These courses provide the foundation for more advanced work in upper division biology courses and contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of biological processes.

Junior Year
Students take courses in genetics, ecology, evolution and statistics and will select a concentration. Students should consult the Biology Degree website for the list of available concentrations and requirements ( and meet with their adviser regularly to assess progress toward meeting all degree requirements.

Senior Year
In consultation with their advisers, students select advanced courses in the biological sciences that they find particularly interesting.

Class Requirements

Biology Major: Advising Checksheet

Biology Minor: Credit Requirements

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