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- Course Descriptions
- Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin
The Biology Program is designed to provide academic experiences in the life sciences for students with varied career plans and special interests. The courses offered cover a broad range of subjects from General Biology, Biostatistics, and Genetics, which all majors must take, to Whole Organismic Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Environmental Biology. The program of study serves as a base for a pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-nursing or related pre-professional preparation, and equally well as preparation for the pursuit of graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) in all areas of Biology. The Independent Research Program, which is strongly emphasized, allows students to obtain a degree with honors. The program also serves as a 2-year preparation for pre-pharmacy, from which students can transfer into schools offering a Bachelor’s degree. The Biology/Secondary Education major program has in the past had great success in placing high school science teachers into the school system in Queens. Biology majors can obtain positions as Laboratory Technicians in Research labs, as well as other positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The program also provides non-science majors with an understanding of biological concepts and transmits some conception of the importance of biological discoveries to the solution of social and environmental problems.
EFFECTIVE FALL 2012
Major Discipline Requirements
I Required Foundation Courses:
|BIO201||Biological Principles I||4|
|BIO202||Biological Principles II||4|
|BIO301||Molecular Biology & Biotechnology||4|
|BIO486-489***||Special Topics in Biology||2|
|CHEM102||Chemical Principles II*||5|
|CHEM231||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM232||Techniques of Organic Chemistry I||2|
|CHEM233||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|PHYS151**||University Physics I**||5|
|PHYS152**||University Physics II**||5|
II. Organismic & Environmental Biology
Choose 7.5 - 9 Credits from the following
|BIO231||Biology of Plants||4.5|
|BIO309||Biology of Chordates||4.5|
|BIO411||Laboratory in Neurobiology||1.5|
Cell & Molecular Biology
Choose 7.5 - 10 Credits from the following
|BIO415||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||2|
|BIO480||Theory & Experimentation in Biotechnology||5|
*Majors in the Biology Program must take Mathematics 121 and Chemistry 101, which fulfill the General Education Requirements in Math and Natural Sciences, respectively.
** Physics 101 may be substituted for Physics 151, and Physics 102 may be substituted for Physics 152.
*** Biology 486 - 489 are the upper division WI courses for Biology majors.
† Students interested in graduate studies in Biology or professional Biomedical careers are strongly advised to take Chemistry 234 and Mathematics 122.
B.S. with Honors in Biology
Eligibility. Biology 202 and one 300 level Biology course; a 3.0 average in all Biology courses. Approval by the Honors Committee of the Biology Discipline.
Requirements for Graduation with Honors:
- Successful completion of the Biology Major Discipline Requirements with a 3.0 average in all Biology courses.
- Successful completion of 6 credits of Biology 490-493, which will include independent research under the guidance of faculty members and the presentation and approval of a thesis by the Honors Committee of the Biology Discipline.
- Certification by the Honors Committee of the Biology Discipline.