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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.


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


  • BIOL 217L: Principles of Human Anatomy with Lab (BIOL 217P lab required / Should not take BIOL 217L if BIOL 258 was taken)
  • BIOL 228A&B: iGEM I&II International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition Course Series
  • BIOL 253L: Computational Biology (Cancelled AY 2020-21:  Returning Spring22) 
  • BIOL 261W: Genetic Research (4-credits)
  • BIOL 263: Ecology (Canceled AY 2019-20: Returning Spring 2021)
  • BIOL 278: Biochemical Mechanisms of Cellular Processes  
  • BCH 308: Biochemical and Molecular Biology Techniques
  • BCH 412: Advanced Topics In Biological Macromolecules
  • BME 468: Introduction to Structure & Analysis of Biomolecules
  • EESC 201: Evolution of the Earth
  • EESC 207: Principles of Paleontology (Canceled after Spring19:  May use if already taken)
  • EESC 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
  • NSCI 203: Lab in Neurobiology
  • NSCI 244: Neuroethology
  • NSCI 245: Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
  • NSCI 246: Biology of Mental Disorders
  • NSCI 249: Developmental Neurobiology

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.