Suggested Course Selection for Various Career Interests

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A degree in Biology is very flexible and so can be customized largely to meet your specific needs.  Below we list some guidelines and links for those you interested in health-related, as well as for those of you interested in non-medical biology areas.   Remember that your departmental advisor can help you to choose within these lists as to which will best meet your specific career goals.

Pre-health Professions
 

Generic Pre-health majors:

Biology majors planning a career in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or other pre-professional fields should follow the recommended curriculum for biology majors.

A year of physics, Calculus I, and one or more semesters of genetics and cell biology are strongly recommended for pre-health professional students.

Biology Pre-Med / Pre-Vet:

Physical Therapy:  ST210, PH114/115, Human Phys. or Animal Phys (BLY436)., & Microbiology (BLY314)

USA’s Physicians Assistant program: Click here for details

Auburn Harrison School of Pharmacy at USA: Click here for details

 
As a service, we have put together series of Biology courses that are related to specific areas of interest. Remember that your departmental advisor can help you to choose from within these lists as to which will best meet your specific career goals.

 

 
 

Environmental Sciences

Marine Biology

314 - Molecular Microbiology (W)
360 - Invertebrate Zoology
332 - Biology of Algae
367 - Marine Biology*
368 - Dolphins and Whales*
369 - Biology & Conservation of Marine Turtles*
370 - Marine Aquaculture*
371 - Shark and Ray Biology*
430 - Marine Botany*
440/441 - Biochemistry
451 - Marine Vertebrate Zoology*
468 - Coral Reef Ecology*
471 - Marine Invertebrate Zoology*
472 - Marine Behavioral Ecology*
474 - Intro to Oceanography*
478 - Marsh Ecology*
475 - Marine Ecology*
481 - Marine Technical Methods*
483 - Field Marine Science*
530 - Marine Microbiology Ecology

Cell & Molecular Biology

314 - Molecular Microbiology (W)
363 - Vertebrate Embryology
431 - Plant Physiology (W)
436 - Animal Physiology (W)
440/441/443 - Biochemistry
511 - Developmental Biology

Botany/Plant Biology

332 - Biology of Algae
430 - Marine Botany
431 - Plant Physiology (W)
432 - Morphology of Vascular Plants
433 - Taxonomy of Flowering Plants
434 - Plant Physiological Ecology
435 - Biology of Fungi
466 - Introduction to Neurology*

484 - Conservation Biology
520 - Biometry

(recommended to minor in geography or geology)
314 - Molecular Microbiology (W)
360 - Invertebrate Zoology
332 - Biology of Algae
354 - Entomology
425 - Freshwater Ecology
433 - Evolution of Vasculat Plants
435 - Biology of Fungi
455 - Ornithology (W)
459 - Parasitology
470 - Herpetology
481 - Marine Technical Methods*
484 - Conservation Biology
520 - Biometry

Ecology

332 - Biology of Algae
352 - Biology of Terrestrial Vertebrates
354 - General Entomology
360 - Invertebrate Zoology
426 - Freshwater Ecology
434 - Plant Physiological Ecology
455 - Ornithology (W)
470 - Herpetology
475 - Marine Ecology (DISL)
484 - Conservation Biology
520 - Biometry
530 - Marine Microbial Ecology

Zoology

352 - Biology of Terrestrial Vertebrates (W)
354 - Entomology
360 - Invertebrate Zoology
368 - Dolphins and Whales*
363 - Vertebrate Embryology
369 - Biology & Conservation of Marine Turtles*
436 - Animal Physiology (W)
451 - Marine Vertebrate Zoology*
455 - Ornithology (W)
459 - Parasitology
466 - Introduction to Neurobiology*
470 - Herpetology
472 - Marine Behavioral Ecology*

* These courses are taught in the summer at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab


 

Thinking about graduate school...

For student planning to pursue graduate education in the sciences, you should consider PH 114/115, MA 125 and ST210 as the choices for courses within general biology requirements. You should consult with graduate programs of interest to pre-requisite courses specific to those programs. You may well be able to work them into your undergraduate curriculum while here at South.