Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Natural Science Department of Zoology Undergraduate Programs Zoology - Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in zoology is for students who wish to combine study in zoology with a significant amount of course work outside the sciences. It is also intended for those students who wish to prepare for careers in the applications of science to such fields as public policy, law, business, and communications.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Zoology
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Zoology major is met by completing two of the following courses: Zoology 328, 353, 355L, 384, 415, 425, 445, 450, and 483. Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.
Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Science that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement. Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
The following requirements for the major:
One of the following options:
Second year competency in a foreign language.
First year competency in a foreign language, Computer Science and Engineering 101 or 131, Mathematics 124 or 132 or 152H, or Lyman Briggs 118, and Statistics and Probability 201, 224, 231, or 421.
Students who pass a waiver examination for Computer Science and Engineering 101 will not be required to complete Computer Science and Engineering 101 or 131.
Mathematics 124 or 132 or 152H and Lyman Briggs 118, and Statistics and Probability 201, 224, 231, or 421 may be used to satisfy both the requirement referenced in item 3. a. (2) and the requirement referenced in items 3. e. and and 3. f. below.
All of the following courses (34 credits):
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Chemistry Laboratory I
Introductory Physics I
Ecology Laboratory (W)
One of the following groups of courses (9 or 10 credits):
Cell and Molecular Biology
Organismal and Population Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Organismal and Population Biology
Honors Cell and Molecular Biology
Honors Organismal and Population Biology
Honors Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Honors Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory
Biology I: Organismal Biology
Biology I: Cellular and Molecular Biology
One of the following courses (4 credits):
Comparative Anatomy and Biology Vertebrates (W)
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Survey of Calculus I
Honors Calculus I
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Survey of Calculus II
Honors Calculus II
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Ecologists
Statistics for Scientists
Mathematics 124 or 132 or 152H or Lyman Briggs 118 and Statistics and Probability 201, 224, 231, or 421 may be used to satisfy both the requirement referenced in item 3. a. (2) and the requirement referenced in items 3. e. and 3. f.
Twelve credits in 300–400 level courses offered by the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Social Science.
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Zoology - Biology and Laboratory
Major - Zoology - Biology and Laboratory: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
2 courses from LB144, LB145
4 courses from BS181H, BS182H, BS191H, BS192H
4 courses from BS161, BS162, BS171, BS172
Requirement 12: Major - Zoology - General Chemistry and Laboratory
Major - Zoology - General Chemistry and Laboratory: 2 courses from CEM141, CEM161
Requirement 13: Major - Zoology - Organic Chemistry
Major - Zoology - Organic Chemistry: 1 course from CEM143
Requirement 14: Major - Zoology - Physics I
Major - Zoology - Physics I: 1 course from PHY231, Acceptable Equivalent Physics I Course
Requirement 15: Major - Zoology - Core
Major - Zoology - Core: 6 courses from ZOL313, ZOL320, ZOL341, ZOL355, ZOL408, ZOL445
Requirement 16: Major - Zoology - Calculus I
Major - Zoology - Calculus I: 3 credits from LB118, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H
Requirement 17: Major - Zoology - Calculus II and Statistics
Major - Zoology - Calculus II and Statistics: 3 credits from LB119, MTH126, MTH133, MTH153H, STT201, STT224, STT231, STT421
Requirement 18: Major - Zoology - 300 - 400 Level
Major - Zoology - 300 - 400 Level: 12 credits from 300-400 level courses offered by the College of Arts and Letters, Business, Communication Arts and Science, and Social Science
Requirement 19: Major - Zoology - Vertebrate and Invertebrate Biology
Major - Zoology - Vertebrate and Invertebrate Biology: 1 course from ZOL306, ZOL328
Requirement 20: Major - Zoology - Tier II Writing
Major - Zoology - Tier II Writing: 2 courses from ZOL328, ZOL445, ZOL353, ZOL355L, ZOL384, ZOL415, ZOL425, ZOL450, ZOL483
Requirement 21: Major - Zoology - Foreign Language
Major - Zoology - Foreign Language: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
16 credits from Second year foreign language courses.
17 credits from STT421, MTH124, MTH132, first year foreign language courses., CSE101, CSE131, STT201, STT231, MTH152H, LB118
Requirement 22: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.
Requirement 23: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 24: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.