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Zoology Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS)

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Administered by the Department of Integrative Biology under the School of Life Sciences.

 

Department of Integrative Biology

The Zoology major offers scientific training in the diversity, organismal biology, ecology, and evolution of animals. The major core provides a solid foundation in the biological sciences while electives allow students to cater course work to meet specific interests in animal biology. Zoology majors enter such varied fields as animal care and husbandry, curatorial and museum management, laboratory animal research, field biology and conservation, and environmental management and policy. The Zoology major is not suitable for pre-veterinary medicine students as it does not include the required prerequisite course work (see the option in Pre-Veterinary Medicine in the Biology major).



Students in the Zoology major must complete BI 211 or BI 211H, BI 212 or BI 212H and BI 213 or BI 213H with a C– or better to continue on to upper-division Biology (BI) and Zoology (Z) course work. Students must also complete their General Chemistry series and CH 331 Organic Chemistry with a C– in each term to move on to other Chemistry (CH) course work.

Students majoring in Biology, BioHealth Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, or Zoology cannot seek a dual or double major in any combination of these four majors. Zoology majors cannot seek the Biology minor.

The BI 198 seminar must be completed by all first-year students. The BI 298 Integrated Professional Development I: Life Sciences must be completed by all students.

For further information, see MyDegrees or the Integrative Biology website at http://ib.oregonstate.edu.

Zoology Core Courses (89 credits)

BI 198. Biology and Zoology First Year Seminar (1)
BI 298. Integrated Professional Development: Life Sciences I (1)

Baccalaureate Core Communications Course:

COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)

Baccalaureate Core Writing II Course

Select one of the following (HC 199, WR 327 or WR 362 recommended):
HC 199. *Honors Writing (3)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)
WR 362. *Science Writing (3)

Mathematics and Physical Sciences Core:

MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4) and MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4) 
   or MTH 227. *Mathematics for the Life Sciences: Calculus, Probability and Linear Algebra (4) 
       and MTH 228. *Mathematics for the Life Sciences: Calculus, Probability and Linear Algebra (4)
CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4) and CH 261, CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)
   or CH 121. General Chemistry (5) and CH 122, CH 123 *General Chemistry (5,5)
CH 331, CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4,4)
ST 351, ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4, 4)

Biological Sciences Core:

BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
BI 370. Ecology (3)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
BI 445. Evolution (3)
BI 483. Population Biology (3) 
Z 361. Invertebrate Biology (3) and Z 362. Invertebrate Biology Laboratory (2)
   or Z 461. Marine and Estuarine Invertebrate Zoology (4) (Hatfield Marine Science Center)
   or BI 450. ^Marine Biology and Ecology (15) (by application only - Hatfield Marine Science Center)
Z 371. Vertebrate Biology (3) and Z 372. Vertebrate Biology Laboratory (2)
Z 423. Environmental Physiology (3)

Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Chose one course from below:
BI/Z 319. ^Critical Thinking and Communication in the Life Sciences (3)
BI 371. ^Ecological Methods (3)
BI 373. ^Field Methods in Marine Ecology (3)
BI 450. ^Marine Biology and Ecology (15) (by application only - Hatfield Marine Science Center)

Zoology Elective Courses (24+ credits)


Organismal, Physiology and Systematics Electives

Select two 3+ credit courses:
BI 358. Symbiosis and the Environment (3)
BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
  or RNG 353. Wildland Plant Identification (4)
FW 311. Ornithology (3)
FW 315. Ichthyology (3)
  or BI 450. ^Marine Biology and Ecology (15) (by application only - Hatfield Marine Science) Center)
FW 317. Mammalogy (3)
  or BI/FW 302. Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals (4) (Hatfield Marine Science Center) 
MB 480. General Parasitology (3)
Z 315. Dinosaur Biology (3)
Z 350. Animal Behavior (3)
Z 365. Biology of Insects (4)
Z 431. Vertebrate Physiology I (3)
  or Z 432. Vertebrate Physiology II (3)
Z 438. Behavioral Neurobiology (3)
Z 440. Insect Physiology (3)
Z 473. Herpetology (3)
  or Z 474. Systematic Herpetology (3)
Z 477. Aquatic Entomology (4)

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Electives 

Select two 3+ credit courses:
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
  or BI 348. *Human Ecology (3)
BI 351. Marine Ecology (3)
  or BI 450. ^Marine Biology and Ecology (15) (by application only - Hatfield Marine Science Center)
BI 375. Field Methods in Ecological Restoration (5) (OSU Cascades) 
BI/FW 421. Aquatic Biological Invasions (4) (Hatfield Marine Science Center)
BI 427. Paleobiology (3)
BI 481. Biogeography (3)
BI 495. Disease Ecology (3)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
ENT 420. Insect Ecology (3)
FES/FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
  or RNG 421. Wildland Restoration Ecology (4)
FW 320. Introductory Population Dynamics (4)
FW 331. Ecology of Marine and Estuarine Birds (4) (Hatfield Marine Science Center)
FW 427. Principles of Wildlife Diseases (4)
FW 479. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
FOR 446. Wildland Fire Ecology (3) [Terminated winter 2017]
  or RNG 446. Wildland Fire Ecology (3) [Terminated summer 2017]
Z 349. *Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences and Conservation (3)
Z 475. Insect Biodiversity Survey (4)

Natural Resource, Management and Policy Electives

Select two 3+ credit courses:
AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
  or AEC 253. *Environmental Law, Policy and Economics (4)
  or AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
  or AEC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
ANS 435. Applied Animal Behavior (3)
  or ANS 280. Companion Animal Management (4)
BI 347. *Oceans in Peril (3)
BI 348. *Human Ecology (3)
  or BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3) (Additional course not used above)
FES 412. Forest Entomology (3) 
FES/TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FES 493. Environmental Interpretation (4)
FOR 436. Wildland Fire Science and Management (4)
FOR 462. Natural Resource Policy and Law (3)
FW 350. *Endangered Species, Society and Sustainability (3)
FW 458. Mammal Conservation and Management (4)
FW 462. Ecosystem Services (3)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
PS 475. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (4)

Upper-Division Science Electives

Two additional 3+ credit science courses not used above or one course and 3 credits of approved experiential learning (BI 309, 410, 406, 409, 410) outlined below:
Any 300–400 level courses from the College of Science may be used to meet this requirement with the exception of the courses listed below as excluded. Other science courses outside of COS and courses taken internationally can be used by chief advisor approval. Courses from other majors, minors or baccalaureate core synthesis requirements not used to meet the requirements above may also be used. Approved BI 309 Teaching Practicum, BI 401 Research, BI 406 Projects: Curatorial Assistant, BI 409 Advanced Teaching Practicum or BI 410 Internship or IE3 Global Internship credits can be used to meet 3 credits (one course) of this requirement. EXCLUDED COURSES: 401–410 credits (except as outlined above or by approval), BI 331–BI 333, BI 341–BI 343, BI 351 and BI 450 (unless specically approved and not used above), CH 334, 335, 336, ST 314, Z 361/362, Z 461 and any 399 or 499 courses not specifically approved.

BI 498. Senior Biology Major Field Test (0 credits)

Zoology majors are required to take a comprehensive, two-hour Biology Major Field Test their final OSU term (or spring term if they will graduate in summer) in order to graduate: BI 498. Senior Biology Major Field Test (0 credits). For further information, go to http://ib.oregonstate.edu/advising/MFT-info.

Total Credits for BS in Zoology=180


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

 

Zoology Four-Year Plans: Zoology Major

Zoology - TRACK I


Year 1


Fall (15)

BI 198. Biology and Zoology First-Year Seminar (1)
CH 121. General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 231. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 261. Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
   or MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
Bacc Core (3)
PAC Course (1–2)
   or HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)

Winter (15)

CH 122. *General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 232. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 262. Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1)
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
   or MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
Bacc Core (3)
Bacc Core (3)

Spring (15)

CH 123. *General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 233. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 263. Laboratory for Chemistry 233 (1)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
   or MTH 227. *Calculus and Probability for the Life Sciences I (4)
Bacc Core (3)
Bacc Core (3)

Year 2


Fall (15)

BI 211. *Principles of Biology (4)
CH 331. Organic Chemistry (4)
MTH 252. *Integral Calculus (4)
   or MTH 228. Calculus and Probability for the Life Sciences II (4)
Bacc Core (3)

Winter (14)

BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4)
CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4)
Bacc Core (3)
Bacc Core (3)

Spring (14)

BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
Bacc Core (3)
Bacc Core (3)

Year 3


Fall (13)

BI 311. Genetics (4)
   or BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
   or BI 370. Ecology (3)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
Z 423. Environmental Physiology (3)
Bacc Core (3)

Winter (9)

BI 311. Genetics (4)
   or BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
   or BI 370. Ecology (3)
Writing Intensive Course (3)
   or Organismal, Physiology and Systematics Elective (3)
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Elective (3)
   or Natural Resource, Management and Policy Elective (3)

Spring (14)

BI 311. Genetics (4)
   or BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
   or BI 370. Ecology (3)
   or BI 445. Evolution (3)
Z 361. Invertebrate Biology (3)
Z 362. Invertebrate Biology Laboratory (2)
Writing Intensive Course (3)
   or Organismal, Physiology and Systematics Elective (3)
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Elective (3)
   or Natural Resource, Management and Policy Elective (3)

Year 4


Fall  (11)

BI 311. Genetics (4)
   or BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
   or BI 370. Ecology (3)
   or BI 445. Evolution (3)
Z 371. Vertebrate Biology (3)
Z 372. Vertebrate Biology Laboratory (2)
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Elective (3)
   or Natural Resource, Management and Policy Elective (3)

Winter (9)

BI 483. Population Biology (3)
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Elective (3)
   or Natural Resource, Management and Policy Elective (3)
Writing Intensive Course (3)
   or Organismal, Physiology and Systematics Elective (3)
Upper-Division Science Elective (3)

Spring (3)

BI 498. Senior Biology Field Test (0)
Upper-Division Science Elective (3)

Add electives to reach 180 credits by graduation

 

Zoology - TRACK II


Year 1


Fall (15)

BI 198. Biology and Zoology First-Year Seminar (1)
BI 211. *Principles of Biology (4)
CH 121. General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 231. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 261. Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)
Bacc Core (3)
PAC Course (1–2)
   or HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)

Winter (16)

BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4)
CH 122. *General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 232. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 262. Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1)
Bacc Core (3)
Bacc Core (3)

Spring (16)

BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4)
CH 123. *General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 233. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 263. Laboratory for Chemistry 233 (1)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
   or MTH 227. *Calculus and Probability for the Life Sciences I (4)
Bacc Core (3)

Year 2


Fall (14–15)

BI 311. Genetics (4)
  or BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
  or BI 370. Ecology (3)
CH 331. Organic Chemistry (4)
MTH 252. *Integral Calculus (4)
   or MTH 228. Calculus and Probability for the Life Sciences II (4)
Bacc Core (3)

Winter (14–15)

BI 311. Genetics (4)
   or BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
   or BI 370. Ecology (3)
CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
Bacc Core (3)

Spring (15–16)

BI 311. Genetics (4)
   or BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
   or BI 370. Ecology (3)
  or BI 445. Evolution (3)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
Z 361. Invertebrate Biology (3)
Z 362. Invertebrate Biology Laboratory (2)
Bacc Core (3)

Year 3


Fall (14–15)

BI 311. Genetics (4)
   or BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
   or BI 370. Ecology (3)
   or BI 445. Evolution (3)
Z 371. Vertebrate Biology (3)
Z 372. Vertebrate Biology Laboratory (2)
Z 423. Environmental Physiology (3)
Bacc Core (3)

Winter (9)

BI 483. Population Biology (3)
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Elective (3)
   or Natural Resource, Management and Policy Elective (3)
Writing Intensive Course (3)
   or Organismal, Physiology and Systematics Elective (3)
Bacc Core (3)

Spring (9)

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Electives (3)
   or Natural Resource, Management and Policy Elective (3)
Writing Intensive Course (3)
   or Organismal, Physiology and Systematics Elective (3)

Year 4

Fall  (9)

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Electives (6)
   or Natural Resource, Management and Policy Elective (3)

Winter (9)

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Electives (3)
   or Natural Resource, Management and Policy Elective (3)
Writing Intensive Course (3)
   or Organismal, Physiology and Systematics Elective (3)
Upper-Division Science Elective (3)

Spring (3)

BI 498. Senior Biology Field Test (0)
Upper-Division Science Elective (3)

Add electives to reach 180 credits by graduation

 



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