IB Pathways

Here are four possible areas in which students can create their own focused mini-curricula within the IB/OEB requirements. We encourage students to follow their interests in creating their own pathways within IB/OEB. 

PLANT SCIENCES:

  1. Courses for Non- and Pre-Concentrators
    • OEB 10: Foundations of Biological Diversity (Fall)
    • Freshman Seminar 21w Research at the Harvard Forest: Global Change Ecology - Forests, Ecosystem Function, the Future (Spring)
  2. Introductory Courses in Plant Biology
    • OEB 52 Biology of Plants (Spring)
    • OEB 59 Plants and Human Affairs (Fall)
  3. 100-level Courses in Plant Biology
    • OEB 103 Plant Systematics and Evolution (Spring)
    • OEB 106 Plant Development and Differentiation (Fall)
    • OEB 107 Evolution of Plant Life in Geologic Time (Fall)
    • OEB 120 Plants and Climate (Fall)
    • OEB 168r Sociobotany; Life Cycles of Plants (Spring)
  4. Related Courses
    • OEB 55 Ecology: Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems (Spring)
    • OEB 157 Global Change Biology (Spring)
    • OEB 173 Comparative Biomechanics (Spring)
  5. 200-level Seminar Courses
    • OEB 212r Advanced Topics in Plant Physiology (Fall)
    • OEB 268r Topics in Plant Developmental Genetics (Fall)
  6. Research Courses
    • OEB 91r Supervised Reading
    • OEB 99r Supervised Research

MARINE BIOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY:

  1. OEB courses that focus entirely on marine systems and organisms.
    • OEB 118: Biological Oceanography (Spring)
    • OEB 255: Nature and Regulation of Marine Ecosystems (Spring)
  2. OEB courses with a strong marine component.
    • OEB 51 Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate Animals (Spring)
    • OEB 119 Deep Sea Biology (Spring)
    • OEB 130 Patterns and Processes in Fish Diversity (Spring)
    • OEB 157 Global Change Biology (Spring)
  3. OEB courses with some focus on marine organisms
    • OEB 123 Biology of Symbiosis (Spring)
    • OEB 191 Physiological and Biochemical Adaptations (Spring)
    • OEB 221 Microbial Diversity (Fall)
  4. Related courses offered by other departments
    • EPS 50: The Fluid Earth: Oceans, Atmosphere, Climate and Environment (Spring)
    • EPS 131 Introduction to Physical Oceanography and Climate (Spring)
    • EPS 207 Geochemical Oceanography (Fall)
    • APPHY 388 Climate Dynamics and Physical Oceanography (Fall)

MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY:

  1. Foundation Courses
    • OEB 53 Evolutionary Biology (Fall '17; usually Spring)
    • OEB 55 Ecology: Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems (Spring)
    • Mathematics 21a,b (Fall, Spring)
    • Statistics 110, 111 (Fall, Spring)
    • OEB 153 Statistics for Biology (Fall)
  2. Advanced Courses
    • OEB 242 Population Genetics (Spring)
    • OEB 125 Molecular Ecology & Evolution (Fall)
    • OEB 181 Systematics (Fall)
    • Applied Mathematics 115 Mathematical Modeling (Fall, Spring)
    • Applied Mathematics 126 Statistics and Inference in Biology (Fall)
    • Mathematics 153 Mathematical Biology - Evolutionary Dynamics (Fall)
    • MCB 111 Mathematics in Biology (Spring)
    • MCB 112 Biological Data Analysis (Fall)
    • MCB 199 Statistical Thermodynamics and Quantitative Biology (Spring)
    • Statistics 115 Introduction to Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (Spring)
    • Biophysics 170 Quantitative Genomics (Fall)
  3. Graduate Courses
    • Systems Biology 200 Dynamic and Stochastic Processes in Cells (Fall)
    • Mathematics 243 Evolutionary Dynamics (Spring)
    • OEB 252 Coalescent Theory (Fall)

VERTEBRATE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY:

  1. Introductory Course
    • LS 2 Evolutionary Human Physiology and Anatomy (Fall)
  2. Mid-level and Advanced Courses
    • OEB 101 Biology of Mammals (Fall)
    • OEB 121a Research in Comparative Biomechanics: Seminar (Spring)
    • OEB 121b Research in Comparative Biomechanics (Fall)
    • OEB 126 Vertebrate Evolution (Spring)
    • OEB 130 Biology of Fishes (Spring)
    • OEB 167 Herpetology (Spring)
    • OEB 173 Comparative Biomechanics (Spring)
    • OEB 190 Biology and Diversity of Birds (Spring)
    • OEB 191 Physiological and Biochemical Adaptation (Spring)
    • OEB 251 Introduction to Vertebrate Surgery (Fall)
  3. Graduate Courses
    • OEB 307 Biomechanics, Physiology and Musculoskeletal Biology
    • OEB 320 Biomechanics and Evolution of Vertebrates
    • OEB 323 Advanced Vertebrate Anatomy
  4. Relevant Courses in Human Evolutionary Biology
    • HEB 1310 Hormones and Behavior (Fall)
    • HEB 1361 Hormones and Life History Physiology (Spring)
    • HEB 1420 Human Evolutionary Anatomy (Spring)
  5. Relevant Courses in Engineering Sciences
    • ES 53 Quantitative Physiology as a Basis for Bioengineering (Fall)
    • ES 123 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes (Spring)