If you are a student with broad interest in the biological sciences who wants to:
- Prepare for graduate study
- Prepare for professional studies (e.g. medical school, veterinary school, dentistry)
- Receive initial biological science education prior to choosing a more specialized major (e.g., biochemistry, zoology, molecular and cell biology)
- Acquire a broad background in biology
Yes, though you may also need to change your college affiliation. If you are in the College of Letters and Science you may need to transfer to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, or vice versa depending on the location of the program you wish to pursue. Be sure to check with your advisor since requirements will differ from the Biology Major.
The L&S Bachelor of Science requires completion of the third unit (3 years in high school or 3 semesters college) of a foreign language. CALS requires completion of the second unit (2 years in high school or 2 semesters college) of a foreign language.
If you want earn retroactive credits for your high school language course, you need to take a specific course on campus and pass it with a “B” or better. If you plan to study abroad there are often very specific language requirements. Foreign language and retroactive credits for language count toward gradation in either college.
There are many Biology-Related Student Organizations: https://biology.wisc.edu/bio-student-orgs
Can department research/lab courses (e.g., a 699 or thesis courses) count for my Laboratory or Field Research Experience Requirement?
Yes, it may be possible for these types of courses to count towards the requirement listed above. Please check the Guide and your DARS report to see that the independent study or senior thesis meets the Additional Laboratory or Field Research Requirement. If it is not, please see your Biology Advisor.
Can my Biology/Botany/Zoology 152 research experience count for my Laboratory or Field Research Experience Requirement?
No, your Laboratory or Field Research Experience must be taken after you have completed Introductory Biology (4/15/03)
If I have to take a fourth course for upper-level breadth in the major to fulfill my 13 credit minimum requirement, does the course have to be from an area that I haven’t already taken?
For the Biology Major with no named option, if you have taken your 3 first three upper-level breadth in the major courses from three different areas, one being from A or B, and one being from C or D, the fourth course can be taken from any of the five topic areas, even from an area you’ve already taken.
Please see capstone guidelines.
- If a student completed Biocore 381-382, the student should take Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and a foundation course.
- If a student completed Biocore 381-382 and 383-384, the student should take an Animal Physiology (e.g., Phys 335 or 435 or Dy Sci 373) or a Plant Physiology (e.g., Bot 500) course with the physiology course counting toward intro biology credits and not in the upper-level breadth for the major category. A foundation course is not required.
- Previously: If you have taken Biocore/Biology 301-302/381-382, you should take Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and a foundation course. You are also strongly encouraged to take a course in physiology (AHABS/An Sci 301, Botany 500, Physiology 335, Zoology 611-612). If you have taken Biocore/Biology 301-302/381-382 and 303-304/383-384, you should take Biology/Botany/Zoology 152. A foundation course is not required. Please consult with your advisor before choosing any of these options.
Prior to Fall 2017, students were required to complete four lectures (Biocore 381, 383, 485, 487) and two of the three labs (Biocore 382, 384 or 486). Students who completed all three labs could use 486 to fulfill the intermediate lab or field course requirement.
If you plan to enroll in a summer or winter course at another institution and the course equivalent is not listed in Transferology, you may request course equivalencies via the Course Equivalency Service.
Read the Guidelines for Choosing Non-UW-Madison courses for additional information on selecting courses for transfer.