Biology (BS)

Arts and Sciences
HEGIS Number: 0401

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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.


Biology BS


Major Discipline Requirements

I. Required Foundation Courses:  
BIO201* Biological Principles I 
BIO202* Biological Principles I 
BIO301 Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 
BIO307 Biostatistics 
BIO486-489** Special Topics in Biology 
CHEM108* Principles of Chemistry I  3.5 
CHEM109* Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory  1.5 
CHEM111 Principles of Chemistry II  3.5 
CHEM112 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory  1.5 
CHEM231 Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM232 Techniques in Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM233 Organic Chemistry II 
MATH121* Analytic Geometry Calculus I 
PHYS113 Physics Laboratory I 
PHYS114 Physics Laboratory II 
PHYS115 College Physics I 
PHYS116 College Physics II 

II. Organismic & Environmental Biology

Choose 7.5 - 9 credits chosen from the following:
BIO231 Biology of Plants  4.5 
BIO308 Invertebrate Biology  4.5 
BIO309 Biology of the Chordates  4.5 
BIO325 Histology  4.5 
BIO334 Comparative Physiology  4.5 
BIO403 Ecology  4.5 
BIO410 Neurobiology 
BIO411 Laboratory in Neurobiology  1.5 
BIO477 Evolution  3.0 

III Cell and Molecular Biology

Choose 7.5 - 10 credits from the following:
BIO320 Cell Biology  4.5 
BTEC352 Bioinformatics 
BIO412 Biochemistry 

CHEM412 Biochemistry 
BIO415 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
BIO444 Genetics  4.5 
BIO452 Developmental Biology  4.5 
BIO465 Microbiology  4.5 
BIO466 Immunology  4.5 
BIO480 Theory and Experimentation in Biotechnology 

* These courses will fulfill pathways requirements and will not contribute extra credits toward the major.

** 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:

  1. Successful completion of the Biology Major Discipline Requirements with a 3.0 average in all Biology courses.
  2. 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.
  3. Certification by the Honors Committee of the Biology Discipline.

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