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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.
Pre-Medical / Pre-Dental Biology Major
Biology Majors who wish to follow the Pre-Medical or Pre-Dental Biology Sequence should complete two semesters of General Biology (BIO 201 and 202), one semester of Biochemistry (BIO 412), two semesters of General Chemistry (CHEM 108/109 and CHEM 111/112), two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 231/232 Organic Chemistry I/Lab & CHEM 233/234 Organic Chemistry II/Lab), two semesters of College Physics (PHYS 113/115 and PHYS 114/116), two semesters of English (ENG 125 and 126), two semesters of Psychology (PSY 102 and either PSY 200 or 214), and one semester of Sociology (SOC 101). Prerequisites can vary on a school by school basis. Some schools require one or two semesters of mathematics or one semester of mathematics and one semester of statistics.
Major Discipline Requirements
I. Required Foundation Courses
|BIO201||Biological Principles I*||4|
|BIO202||Biological Principles II*||4|
|BIO301||Molecular Biology and Biotechnology||4|
|BIO486-489||Special Topics in Biology***+||3|
|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||3|
|CHEM232||Techniques in Organic Chemistry I||2|
|CHEM233||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|MATH121||Analytic Geometry Calculus I*||4|
|PHYS113||Physics Laboratory I**||1|
|PHYS114||Physics Laboratory II**||1|
|PHYS115||College Physics I**||4|
|PHYS116||College Physics II**||4|
II. Organismic & Environmental Biology
|Choose 7.5 - 9 credits chosen from the following:|
|BIO309||Biology of the Chordates||4.5|
|BIO411||Laboratory in Neurobiology||1.5|
III. Cell and Molecular Biology
|Choose 7.5 - 10 credits from the following:|
|BIO415||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||2|
|BIO480||Theory and Experimentation in Biotechnology^||5|
*These courses will fulfill pathways requirements and will not contribute extra credits toward the major.
**Physics 117 may be substituted for Physics 115, and Physics 118 may be substituted for Physics 116.
***Biology 486-489 are the upper division WI courses for Biology majors.
+BTEC 489 may be substituted for BIO 489.
^BTEC 480 may be substituted for BIO 480.
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.