Undergraduate Biology Core Courses

The Biology Core curriculum consists of the following sequence of four courses. UNM students may log into the courses' web pages.

2110C. Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Lecture and Laboratory [Previously, 201L. Molecular and Cell Biology]  (4)

The scientific method,  the role of water in cell biology, carbon and molecular diversity, macromolecules, introduction to metabolism, a tour of cell structures and functions, membrane structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cell communication, and the cell cycle. Three lectures, one discussion section. Prerequisites: (CHEM 1215 or CHEM 131) and CHEM 1215L or AP Chemistry. Students who completed AP Chemistry in high school should see the instructor of record or a Biology Department advisor. (See the Math prerequisites for Chem 1215 and Chem 131.) {Fall, Spring}

2410C. Principles of Biology: Genetics Lecture and Laboratory [Previously, 202L. Genetics]  (4)

Mitosis, meiosis, Mendelian genetics, chromosomes and inheritance, molecular basis of inheritance, genes to proteins, genetic models (viruses and bacteria), eukaryotic genomes, genetic basis of development, and overview of genomes. Three lectures, one discussion section. Prerequisites: 2110C and ((CHEM 1215 or CHEM 131) and CHEM 1215L); pre- or co-requisite: (CHEM 1225 or CHEM 132) and CHEM 1225L).{Fall, Spring}

303. Ecology and Evolution.  (3)

Introduction to concepts in ecology and evolution including history of evolutionary thought; microevolution (including natural selection); speciation; macroevolution; patterns of species diversity and abundance; organismal, behavioral, population, community and ecosystem ecology; and conservation biology.Prerequisite: 2410C; pre- or co-requisite: 303L and (MATH 1430 or MATH 1512). {Fall, Spring}

303L. Ecology and Evolution Laboratory.  (1)

An experiment-based approach to understanding core concepts in ecology and evolution. Students will develop hypotheses, collect data, evaluate their hypotheses, and explain their conclusions in an ecological or evolutionary context. Co-requisite: 303.{Fall, Spring}

304. Plant and Animal Form and Function.  (3)

Exploration of relationships between structure and function in plants and animals including plant growth; transport; nutrition; reproduction; development; control systems; and animal nutrition; circulation; reproduction; development; and immune, control and nervous systems. Prerequisite: 303 and 303L and ((CHEM 1225 and CHEM 1225L) or CHEM 132); pre- or co-requisite: 304L and (MATH 1430 or MATH 1512). {Fall, Spring}

304L. Plant and Animal Form and Function Laboratory.  (1)

An experiment-based approach to understanding the relationship between structure and function in plants and animals. Students will develop hypotheses, collect data, evaluate their hypotheses, and explain their conclusions. Co-requisite: 304. {Fall, Spring}

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191. Biodiversity. (2)

An introduction to the diversity of organisms and their characteristics.