Upper Level (Advanced) Biology Courses

The following courses, in the departments listed below, count toward the “Upper Level (Advanced) Biology coursework” requirement (for students who have taken Bio 151/152). Please note that some courses may be cross-listed between departments and may only be listed once on this page (e.g. Environmental Studies 471 is also Population Health 471; either one will count for this requirement).

Students should be aware that some biochemistry courses are not offered every semester or year. Consult the university’s Guide to see when courses are typically offered and enroll.wisc.edu to see which courses are being offered in a specific upcoming term.   

Summer 2017 Courses: PDF

Fall 2017 Courses: PDF


Anatomy | Agronomy | Animal Sciences | BiochemistryBiological Systems Engineering | Biomolecular Chemistry
Biostatistics and Medical Informatics | Botany | Cell and Regenerative Biology | Clinical Laboratory Science
Dairy Science | EntomologyEnvironmental Studies | Food Science | Forest and Wildlife Ecology | Genetics
Horticulture | Human Oncology | Medical Genetics | Medical Microbiology and Immunology | Microbiology
Nutritional Science | Oncology | Pharmaceutical Sciences | Physiology | Plant Pathology | PsychologySoil Science | Zoology


Anatomy

328: Human Anatomy (3 cr.)
575: The Biological Processes of Aging (3 cr.)
611: Systems Neuroscience (3 cr.)
619: Microscopy of Life (3 cr.)
625: Brain Cell Cultures and Imaging Lab (4 cr.)
630: Neuronal Mechanisms for Sensation and Memory in Cerebral Cortex (3 cr.)
637: Functional Neuroanatomy (3 cr.)
650: Advanced Developmental Biology (2 cr.)
660: Electron Microscopy: Theory & Practice (3 cr.)
675: Topic: Stem Cell Seminar (ONLY this topic counts) (1 cr.)

Agronomy

300: Cropping Systems (3 cr.)
302: Forage Management and Utilization (3 cr.)
326: Plant Nutrition Management (3 cr.)
328: Integrated Weed Management (4 cr.)
338: Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (3 cr.)
339: Plant Biotechnology – Principles and Techniques I (4 cr.)
340: Plant Biotechnology – Principles and Techniques II (4 cr.)
350: World Hunger and Malnutrition (3 cr.)
370: Grassland Ecology (3 cr.)
377: Cropping Systems of the Tropics (3 cr.)
501: Principles of Plant Breeding (3 cr.)
520: Principles of Herbicide Action and Metabolism (3 cr.)
532: Environmental Biophysics (3 cr.)
555: Plant Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics (2 cr.)

Animal Sciences

305: Introduction to Meat Science and Technology (4 cr.)
311: Comparative Animal Nutrition (3 cr.)
313: Animal Feeds and Diet Formulation (1 cr.)
314: Poultry Nutrition (3 cr.)
320: Animal Health and Disease Management (3 cr.)
361: Introduction to Animal and Veterinary Genetics (2 cr.)
362: Veterinary Genetics (2 cr.)
363: Principles of Animal Breeding (2 cr.)
370: Livestock Production and Health in Agricultural Development (3 cr.)
404: Vertebrate Physiology (4 cr.)
414: Ruminant Nutrition (2 cr.)
415: Application of Monogastric Nutrition Principles (2 cr.)
430: Sheep Production (3 cr.)
431: Beef Cattle Production (3 cr.)
432: Swine Production (3 cr.)
434: Reproductive Physiology (3 cr.)
468: Managing the Environmental Impacts of Livestock Operations (2 cr.)
503: Avian Physiology (3 cr.)
508: Poultry Products Technology (3 cr.)
511: Breeder Flock and Hatchery Management (3 cr.)
512: Management for Avian Health (3 cr.)
515: Commercial Meat Processing (2 cr.)
520: Ornithology (3 cr.)
521: Birds of Southern Wisconsin (3 cr.)
626: Experimental Diet Design (1 cr.)
660: Electron Microscopy – Theory & Practice (3 cr.)

Biochemistry*

510: Biochemical Principles of Human and Animal Nutrition (3 cr.)
575: Biology of Viruses (2 cr.)
550: Topics in Medical Biochemistry (2 cr.)
601: Protein and Enzyme Structure and Function (2 cr.)
606: Math Methods for Structural Biology (3 cr.)
609: Math Methods for Systems Biology (3 cr.)
612: Prokaryotic Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
620: Eukaryotic Molecular Biology (2 cr.)
621: Plant Biochemistry (2 cr.)
625: Coenzymes and Cofactors in Enzymology (2 cr.)
630: Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms (3 cr.)
645: Molecular Control of Metabolism and Metabolic Disease (3 cr.)

*If taking Biochem 501, students must take a course from the list above to fulfill the Advanced Biochemistry requirement, and any additional course from above will grant credit for the “advanced biology” requirement. If taking the Biochem 507-508 sequence, any course from above will grant credit for the “advanced biology” requirement.

Biological Systems Engineering

349: Quantitative Techniques for Biological Systems (3 cr.)
364: Engineering Properties of Food and Biological Materials (3 cr.)
365: Measurements and Instrumentation for Biological Systems (3 cr.)
367: Renewable Energy Systems (3 cr.)
460: Biorefining – Energy and Products from Renewable Resources (3 cr.)
461: Bioprocessing Unit Operations (3 cr.)
472: Sediment and Bio-Nutrient Engineering and Management (3 cr.)
542: Food Engineering Operations (4 cr.)
642: Food and Pharmaceutical Separations (2 cr.)

Biomolecular Chemistry

504: Human Biochemistry Lab (2 cr.)
606: Mathematical Methods for Structural Biology (3 cr.)
609: Mathematical Methods for Systems Biology (3 cr.)
668: Microbiology at Atomic Resolution (3 cr.)

Biostatistics and Medical Informatics

541: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr.)
576: Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 cr.)

Botany

300: Plant Anatomy (4 cr.)
305: Principles of Plant Structure (4 cr.)
330: Algae (3 cr.)
332: Fungi (4 cr.)
339: Plant Biotechnology – Principles and Techniques I (4 cr.)
360: Bryophytes (3 cr.)
370: Grassland Ecology (3 cr.)
400: Plant Systematics (4 cr.)
401: Vascular Flora of Wisconsin (4 cr.)
402: Dendrology (2 cr.)
410: Evolutionary Biology (3 cr.)
422: Plant Geography (3 cr.)
455: The Vegetation of Wisconsin (4 cr.)
460: General Ecology (3 cr.)
461: Environmental Systems Concepts (3 cr.)
466: General Genetics (3 cr.)
473: Plant-Insect Interactions (3 cr.)
474: Ethnobotany (3-4 cr.)
500: Plant Physiology (4 cr.)
505: Plant-Microbe Interactions – Molecular and Ecological Aspects (3 cr.)
555: Plant Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics (2 cr.)
561: Introductory Cytogenetics (2-3 cr.)
563: Phylogenetic Analysis of Molecular Data (3 cr.)
621: Plant Biochemistry (3 cr.)
626: Mineral Nutrition of Plants (3 cr.)
629: Evolutionary Genetics (3 cr.)
645: Modeling in Population Genetics and Evolution (3 cr.)
651: Conservation Biology (3 cr.)
655: Biology and Genetics of Filamentous Fungi (3 cr.)
670: Adaptive Restoration Lab (2 cr.)

Cell and Regenerative Biology

650: Molecular and Cellular Organogenesis (3 cr.)

Clinical Laboratory Science

310: Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science Procedures (2 cr.)

Dairy Science

305: Lactation Physiology (3 cr.)
311: Comparative Animal Nutrition (3 cr.)
313: Animal Feeds and Diet Formulation (1 cr.)
320: Animal Health and Disease Management (3 cr.)
361: Introduction to Animal and Veterinary Genetics (2 cr.)
362: Veterinary Genetics (2 cr.)
363: Principles of Animal Breeding (2 cr.)
370: Livestock Production and Health in Agricultural Development (3 cr.)
414: Ruminant Nutrition (2 cr.)
434: Reproductive Physiology (3 cr.)
468: Managing the Environmental Impacts of Livestock Operations (2 cr.)
535: Dairy Farm Management Practicum (3 cr.)

Entomology

302: Introduction to Entomology (4 cr.)
321: Physiology of Insects (3 cr.)
331: Taxonomy of Mature Insects (4 cr.)
342: Insect Ecology (3 cr.)
351: Principles of Economic Entomology (3 cr.)
371: Medical Entomology (3 cr.)
432: Taxonomy and Bionomics of Immature Insects (4 cr.)
473: Plant-Insect Interactions (3 cr.)
500: Insects and Diseases in Forest Resource Management (4 cr.)
505: Plant-Microbe Interactions – Molecular and Ecological Aspects (3 cr.)
530: Insect Behavior (3 cr.)
532: Aquatic Insects (4 cr.)
540: Theoretical Ecology (3 cr.)
624: Molecular Ecology (3 cr.

Environmental Studies

361: Wetlands Ecology (3 cr.)
471: Introduction to Environmental Health (3 cr.)
502: Air Pollution and Human Health (3 cr.)
515: Renewable Resources Policy (3 cr.)
520: Bioclimatology (3 cr.)
651: Conservation Biology (3 cr.)
652: Decision Methods for Natural Resource Managers (4 cr.)

Food Science

324: Food Microbiology Lab (2 cr.)
325: Food Microbiology (3 cr.)
410: Food Chemistry (3 cr.)
440: Principles of Food Engineering (3 cr.)
511: Chemistry and Technology of Dairy Products (3 cr.)
512: Principles of Food Chemistry Lab (2 cr.)
514: Integrated Food Functionality (4 cr.)
550: Food Fermentations (2 cr.)
565: Food Process Engineering (3 cr.)
610: Food Proteins (2 cr.)
611: Chemistry and Technology of Dairy Products (3 cr.)
650: Advanced Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens (3 cr.)

Forest and Wildlife Ecology

300: Forest Biometry (4 cr.)
306: Terrestrial Vertebrates – Life History and Ecology (3 cr.)
309: Diseases of Landscape Trees and Shrubs (3 cr.)
318: Principles of Wildlife Ecology (3 cr.)
335: Human/Animal Relationships – Biological and Philosophical Issues (3 cr.)
360: Extinction of Species (3 cr.)
379: Principles of Wildlife Management (3 cr.)
401: Physiological Animal Ecology (3 cr.)
402: Dendrology (2 cr.)
404: Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr.)
410: Principles of Silviculture (3-4 cr.)
415: Tree Physiology (3 cr.)
455: The Vegetation of Wisconsin (4 cr.)
460: General Ecology (4 cr.)
510: Forest Pathology (2 cr.)
548: Diseases of Wildlife (3 cr.)
550: Forest Ecology (3 cr.)
561: Wildlife Management Techniques (3 cr.)
565: Principles of Landscape Ecology (2 cr.)
590: Integrated Resources Management (3 cr.)
635: Forest Stand Dynamics (2 cr.)
651: Conservation Biology (3 cr.)
655: Animal Population Dynamics (3 cr.)

Genetics

466: General Genetics (3 cr.)
545: Genetics Lab (2 cr.)
550: Molecular Approaches for Potential Crop Improvement (3 cr.)
561: Introductory Cytogenetics (2-3 cr.)
562: Human Cytogenetics (2 cr.)
565: Human Genetics (3 cr.)
566: Advanced Genetics – Capstone (3 cr.)
607: Advanced Microbial Genetics (3 cr.)
610: Quantitative Genetics (3 cr.)
612: Prokaryotic Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
624: Molecular Ecology (3 cr.)
629: Evolutionary Genetics (3 cr.)
645: Modeling in Population Genetics and Evolution (3 cr.)
655: Biology and Genetics of Filamentous Fungi (3 cr.)

Horticulture

309: Diseases of Landscape Trees and Shrubs (3 cr.)
320: Environment of Horticulture Plants (3 cr.)
326: Plant Nutrition Management (3 cr.)
338: Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (3 cr.)
339: Plant Biotechnology – Principles and Techniques I (4 cr.)
501: Principles of Plant Breeding (3 cr.)
550: Molecular Approach – Crop Improvement (3 cr.)
555: Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics (2 cr.)
561: Introductory Cytogenetics (2-3 cr.)

Human Oncology

410: Radiobiology (2 cr.)
501: Radiological Physics and Dosimetry (3 cr.)

Medical Genetics

562: Human Cytogenetics (2 cr.)
565: Human Genetics (3 cr.)
629: Evolutionary Genetics (3 cr.)
646: Cancer Genetics (2 cr.)

Medical Microbiology and Immunology

301: Pathogenic Bacteriology (2 cr.)
302: Medical Microbiology Lab (3 cr.)
341: Immunology (3 cr.)
350: Parasitology (3 cr.)
351: Parasitology Lab (2 cr.)
410: Medical Mycology (2 cr.)
412: Medical Mycology Lab
460: Techniques in DNA Science for Microbiologists (3 cr.)
528: Immunology (2 cr.)
529: Immunology Lab (2 cr.)
554: Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism (2 cr.)
555: Vaccines – Practical Issues for a Global Society (3 cr.)
603: Clinical and Public Health Microbiology (5 cr.)
655: Biology and Genetics of Filamentous Fungi (3 cr.)

Microbiology

303: Biology of Microorganisms (3 cr.)
304: Biology of Microorganisms Lab (2 cr.)
324: Food Microbiology Lab (2 cr.)
325: Food Microbiology (3 cr.)
330: Host-Parasite Interactions (3 cr.)
425: Environmental Microbiology (3 cr.)
450: Diversity, Ecology, and Evolution of Microorganisms (2 cr.)
470: Microbial Genetics & Molecular Machines (3 cr.)
523: Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry (3 cr.)
526: Physiology of Microorganisms (3 cr.)
527: Physiology of Microorganisms Lab (2 cr.)
528: Immunology (3 cr.)
551: Physiological Diversity of Prokaryotes Lab (2 cr.)
607: Advanced Microbial Genetics (3 cr.)
612: Prokaryotic Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
622: Plant-Bacterial Interactions (3 cr.)
625: Advanced Microbial Physiology (3 cr.)
632: Industrial Microbiology/Biotechnology (2 cr.)
640: General Virology-Multiplication of Viruses (3 cr.)
650: Advanced Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens (3 cr.)
655: Biology and Genetics of Filamentous Fungi (3 cr.)
668: Microbiology at Atomic Resolution (3 cr.)

Nutritional Science

311: Comparative Animal Nutrition (3 cr.)
320: Nutrition for Health and Disease (3 cr.)
332: Human Nutritional Needs (3 cr.)
350: World Hunger and Malnutrition (3 cr.)
431: Nutrition in the Life Span (3 cr.)
510: Biochemical Principles of Human and Animal Nutrition (3 cr.)
672: Herbals, Homeopathy, and Dietary Supplements (3 cr.)

Oncology

401: Introduction to Experimental Oncology (2 cr.)
625: Toxicology I (3 cr.)
640: General Virology – Multiplication of Viruses (3 cr.)

Pharmaceutical Sciences

310: Drugs and Their Actions (2 cr.)
401: Survey of Pharmacology (3 cr.)
430: Biological Interactions with Materials (3 cr.)

Physiology

335: Physiology (5 cr.)
435: Fundamentals of Human Physiology (5 cr.)
533: Molecular Physiology (2 cr.)
610: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience (4 cr.)
611: Systems Neuroscience (4 cr.)
625: Brain Cell Cultures & Imaging Lab (4 cr.)
629: Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms – Memory (3 cr.)
630: Neuronal Mechanisms – Sensation & Memory (3 cr.)

Plant Pathology

300: Introduction to Plant Pathology (4 cr.)
309: Diseases of Landscape Trees and Shrubs (3 cr.)
323: Soil Biology (3 cr.)
332: Fungi (4 cr.)
505: Plant-Microbe Interactions - Molecular and Ecological Aspects (3 cr.)
517: Plant Disease Resistance (3 cr.)
558: Biology of Plant Pathogens (3 cr.)
559: Diseases of Economic Plants (3 cr.)
602: Ecology, Epidemiology and Control of Plant Diseases (3 cr.)
622: Plant-Bacterial Interactions (3 cr.)
640: General Virology (3 cr.)
655: Biology and Genetics of Filamentous Fungi (3 cr.)

Psychology

454: Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.)

Soil Science

323: Soil Biology (3 cr.)
326: Plant Nutrition Management (3 cr.)
370: Grassland Ecology (3 cr.)
425: Environmental Microbiology (3 cr.)
451: Environmental Biogeochemistry (3 cr.)
523: Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry (3 cr.)
532: Environmental Biophysics (3 cr.)
623: Microbiology of Waterborne Pathogens and Indicator Organisms (3 cr.)
626: Mineral Nutrition of Plants (3 cr.)
631: Toxicants in the Environment – Sources, Distribution, Fate & Effects (3 cr.)

Zoology

300: Invertebrate Biology and Evolution (3 cr.)
301: Invertebrate Biology and Evolution Lab (2 cr.)
302: Introduction to Entomology (4 cr.)
315: Limnology – Conservation of Aquatic Resources (2 cr.)
316: Limnology – Conservation of Aquatic Resources Lab (3 cr.)
335: Human/Animal Relationships: Biological and Philosophical Issues (3 cr.)
350: Parasitology (3 cr.)
351: Parasitology Lab (2 cr.)
360: Extinction of Species (3 cr.)
371: Medical Entomology (3 cr.)
410: Evolutionary Biology (3 cr.)
425: Behavioral Ecology (3 cr.)
430: Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates (5 cr.)
460: General Ecology (4 cr.)
470: Introduction to Animal Development (3 cr.)
473: Plant-Insect Interactions (3 cr.)
504: Modeling Animal Landscapes (3-5 cr.)
510: Ecology of Fishes (3 cr.)
511: Ecology of Fishes Lab (2 cr.)
520: Ornithology (3 cr.)
521: Birds of Southern Wisconsin (3 cr.)
523: Neurobiology (3 cr.)
524: Neurobiology II: An Introduction to the Brain and Behavior (3 cr.)
530: Insect Behavior (3 cr.)
535: Ecosystem Analysis (3 cr.)
540: Theoretical Ecology (3 cr.)
541: Paleobiology (3 cr.)
542: Invertebrate Paleontology (3 cr.)
550: Animal Communication and the Origin of Language (3 cr.)
555: Lab-Developmental Biology (3 cr.)
562: Human Cytogenetics (2 cr.)
570: Cell Biology (3 cr.)
603: Endocrinology (3 cr.)
611: Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology (3 cr.)
612: Comparative Physiology Lab (2 cr.)
619: Biology of Mind (3 cr.)
624: Molecular Ecology (3 cr.)
625: Development of the Nervous System (2 cr.)
630: Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms (3 cr.)
635: Neurobiology of Disease (2 cr.)
651: Conservation Biology (3 cr.)