- The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
- 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 Independent Research Program, which is strongly emphasized, allows students to obtain a degree with honors. 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.
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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**¹||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 I Laboratory||1.5|
|CHEM230||Essentials of Organic Chemistry²||3|
|CHEM235||Laboratory in Organic Chemistry||2|
|MATH121||Analytic Geometry Calculus I*||4|
|PHYS113||Physics Laboratory I||1|
|PHYS115||College Physics I||4|
II. Organismic & Environmental Biology
|Choose 7.5 - 9 credits from the following:|
|BIO309||Biology of 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 & Experimentation in Biotechnology||5|
*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.
***Physics 117 may be substituted for Physics 115.
¹BTEC 489 may substitute for BIO 486-489.
²CHEM 231 and 232 may be substituted for CHEM 230 and 235.
³BIO 234 and 235 may be substituted for BIO 334. One additional course in Group II will be required to satisfy the core area.
This major is not for students intending to apply to medical school or pursue post-graduate studies in Biology.
B.A. 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.