Students majoring in Biology may select a B.A. in Biological Sciences as a degree by taking a minimum of 38 credits in Biology courses. Students who wish to obtain a B.S. in Biology must take a minimum of 43 credits in Biology courses. Double majors in Biology and Chemistry are required to earn 43 credits in Biology and receive the B.S. degree.
Requirements for Biology majors are 38 to 43 credits in Biology, 6-8 credits in Mathematics, 18 credits in Chemistry (CHM 111, 112, Chemical Principles I and II, and CHM 221, 222, Organic Chemistry), and 8 credits in Physics (PHY 111, 112, General College Physics).
The courses in Biology must include:
BIO 123 General Biology I
BIO 124 General Biology II
BIO 190 Biology Colloquium I
BIO 213 Environmental Biology
BIO 290 Biology Colloquium II
BIO 352 Genetics
BIO 353 Molecular Biology
BIO 394 Seminar in Bio-Communication
Fourteen to nineteen additional credits may be elected from the remaining courses offered for the Biology major. Course selection, including a consideration of suggested prerequisites, is normally discussed with the advisor at registration. A reading knowledge of a modern foreign language, mathematics through calculus, and computer literacy is recommended for those students contemplating graduate studies in the Biological Sciences.
Students electing a minor in Biology are required to complete a total of 18 credits in the discipline. Course work should include BIO 123 and BIO 124 followed by any combination of major offerings (courses coded BIO 211 through BIO 394) within the department.
Professional Studies in Education: Biology and Biological Sciences
Biology students who complete the requirements for the B.S. degree in Biology or the B.A. degree in Biological Sciences may wish to pursue New York State teacher certification to teach on the high school or middle school levels. Specific course work is outlined in the Education section of this catalog. Additional programs available to students in this department include childhood education (Grades 1-6), early childhood education, and education of students with disabilities.