Undergraduate Core Courses

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

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: Chemistry 121L and 123L (or Chem 131L) or AP Chem 3-5. 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 121L and Chem 131L.) {Fall, Spring}

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: Biol 201L, Chem 121 and 123L (or Chem 131L). Pre- or Co-requisite: Chem 122 and 124L (or Chem 132L).{Fall, Spring}

203. Ecology and Evolution.  (3)

Darwinian principles, the origin of the Earth, the fossil record and diversification of ancient life, evolution of populations, the origin of species, phylogenetics, introduction to ecology and the biosphere, behavioral ecology, population ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and conservation biology. Three lectures. Prerequisites: Biol 201L, Biol 202L, Chem 121 and 123L (or Chem 131L), Chem122 and 124L (or Chem 132L). Pre- or co-requisites: Biol 203L and Math 180 (or Math 162). {Fall, Spring}

203L. Ecology and Evolution Laboratory.  (1)

Pre- or co-requisite: Biol. 203. {Fall, Spring}

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

Introduction to plant systems, including: structure, growth, transport, nutrition, reproduction, development, and control systems. Introduction to animal systems, including: nutrition, circulation, reproduction, development, and, immune, control and nervous systems. Three lectures. Prerequisites: Biol 203 and 203L and Chem 122 and 124L (or Chem 132L). Pre- or co-requisite: Biol 204L and Math 180 or Math 162. {Fall, Spring}

204L. Plant and Animal Form and Function Laboratory.  (1)

Laboratory for Biol 204. Prerequisite: Biol 203L. Pre- or corequisite: Biol 204. {Fall, Spring}