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Undergraduate Program

Diversification Electives List

BS in Molecular Genetics (BMG) Major

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official course descriptions.


  • BIO 204: Principles of Human Physiology (Recitation or lab, BIO 204P, required but NOT both)
  • BIO 220: Advanced Cell Biology*
  • BIO 225: Lab in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology* (For BEB Majors)
  • BIO 228B: iGEM II (International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition Course Series)
  • BIO 259L: Applied Population Biology*
  • BIO 260: Animal Behavior*
  • IND 408: Advanced Biochemistry
  • MBI 220: Introduction to Microbiology
  • MBI 221W: Microbiology Laboratory*
  • MBI 473: Immunology
  • NSC 201: Basic Neurobiology
  • NSC 243: Neurochemical Foundations of Behavior
  • NSC 301: Senior Seminar in Neuroscience (For NSC Majors)


  • BIO 217L: Principles of Human Anatomy with Lab (BIO 217P lab required / Should not take BIO 217L if BIO 258 was taken)
  • BIO 228A: iGEM I (International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition Course Series)
  • BIO 253L: Computational Biology* 
  • BIO 261W: Genetic Research A*
  • BIO 263: Ecology* (Canceled AY 2019-2020: Will return Spring 2021)
  • BIO 278: Biochemical Mechanisms of Cellular Processes  
  • BCH 308: Biochemical and Molecular Biology Techniques*
  • BCH 412: Advanced Topics In Biological Macromolecules
  • EES 201: Evolution of the Earth
  • EES 207: Principles of Paleontology (Odd year rotation)
  • EES 220: Geobiology (Even year rotation)
  • IND 447: Signal Transduction
  • MBI 404: Intro to Emerging Pathogens
  • MBI 414: Pathogenesis of Microorganisms
  • MBI 421: Microbial Physiology & Genetics
  • MBI 456: General Virology
  • NSC 203: Lab in Neurobiology
  • NSC 244: Neuroethology
  • NSC 245: Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
  • NSC 246: Biology of Mental Disorders
  • NSC 249: Developmental Neurobiology
  • NSC 302: Senior Seminar in Neuroscience

Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact your major advisor for consultation on course selections and approval of other biological sciences courses not listed.

Check the UR Course Description/Course Schedule at to make certain prerequisites are met prior to taking the class.

Courses with “*” notation indicate an upper-level writing course is offered.