Missouri State University

Curriculum

Aquatic courses offered at MSU

  • Advanced limnology (BIO 625 & 626-methods) - Havel
  • Environmental assessment (RPL 650) - GGP staff
  • Environmental chemistry (CHM 425, 426, & 427) - Biagioni
  • Fish ecology (BIO 584) - Beckman
  • Fisheries management (BIO 532) - Beckman
  • Fluvial geomorphology (GRY 548) - Pavlowsky
  • Ichthyology (BIO 575) - Beckman
  • Invertebrate zoology (BIO 370) - Barnhart
  • Limnology (BIO 562) - Havel
  • Natural resource evaluation (RPL 652) - Pavlowsky
  • Stream ecology (BIO 509) - Havel
  • Water resources (GEP 397) - Havel, Gutierrez, Cheek
  • Wetlands ecology (BIO 533) - Havel & Wait

Note - other courses are available off campus at the Gulf Coast Research Lab.

A suggested undergraduate curriculum for students interested in aquatic biology

(See notes at bottom of the page.)

Year One Year Two
General Biology I, BIO 121; 4 credits Genetics, BIO 235; 4 credits

General Biology II, BIO 122; 4 credits

Ecology, BIO 369; 4 credits

General Chemistry, CHM 160, 170, 175; 4, 3, 2 credits   Calculus, MTH 261 or MTH 287; 3 or 5 credits  

Pre-calculus, MTH 138; 5 credits

Organic Chemistry, CHM 200; 5 credits

Personal Computers, CSC 111 or 101; 3 or 2 credits

Biology electives
Year Three Year Four
Cell or Microbiology, BIO 320 or 310; 4 or 5 credits Biometry, BIO 550; 3 credits
Physics, PHY 123 and PHY 124; 8 credits Biometry Lab, BIO 551; 2 credits**
Quantitative Analysis, CHM 330; 5 credits Senior Seminar, BIO 494; 1 credit
Water Resources, GEP 397; 3 credits Environmental Chemistry, CHM 425; 3 credits

Biology electives (choose 1 or 2)

Biology electives (choose 1 or 2)

Biology Electives:

  • Behavioral Ecology, BIO 578; 3 credits
  • Evolution, BIO 515; 3 credits
  • Fisheries Management, BIO 532; 3 credits
  • Ichthyology, BIO 575; 3 credits
  • Invertebrate Zoology, BIO 370; 4 credits
  • Limnology, BIO 562; 4 credits
  • Marine Ecology, BIO 565; 3 credits*
  • Plant Ecology, BIO 436; 4 credits
  • Plant Taxonomy, BIO 334; 2 credits
  • Population Ecology, BIO 563; 3 credits
  • Stream Ecology, BIO 509; 3 credits
  • Wetlands Ecology, BIO 533; 3 credits

* Offered at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
** Biometry lab is suggested for students planning on graduate school

Notes:

  1. Students should visit with their faculty advisor at least once a year.
  2. Only science and mathematics courses are listed above. Students should fill in the rest of their program with basic skills and distribution requirements. Students need to also consult the MSU Catalog for detailed information on these courses, as well as distribution requirements necessary for graduation.
  3. Students may chose from a wide variety of electives, of which the above courses are only a selection. A total of 36 hours of Biology coursework are required for the B. S. degree.
  4. Students needing remedial courses or starting late in their programs may need to take more than 4 years to finish their degrees.

This schedule has been prepared by Dr. John Havel, Department of Biology, MSU