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.

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.


Biology BS


Major Discipline Requirements


I. Required Foundation Courses

BIO201Biological Principles I* 
BIO202Biological Principles II* 
BIO301Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 
BIO486-489Special Topics in Biology**+ 
CHEM108Principles of Chemistry I* 3.5 
CHEM109Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory* 1.5 
CHEM111Principles of Chemistry II 3.5 
CHEM112Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1.5 
CHEM231Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM232Techniques in Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM233Organic Chemistry II 
MATH121Analytic Geometry Calculus I*@ 
PHYS113Physics Laboratory I 
PHYS114Physics Laboratory II 
PHYS115College Physics I*** 
PHYS116College Physics II*** 

II. Organismic & Environmental Biology

Choose 7.5 - 9 credits chosen from the following: 
BIO331Plant Biology 4.5 
BIO308Invertebrate Biology 4.5 
BIO309Biology of the Chordates 4.5 
BIO325Histology 4.5 
BIO334Comparative Physiology 4.5 
BIO403Ecology 4.5 
BIO411Laboratory in Neurobiology 1.5 

III. Cell and Molecular Biology

Choose 7.5 - 10 credits from the following: 
BIO320Cell Biology 4.5 
BIO415Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
BIO444Genetics 4.5 
BIO452Developmental Biology 4.5 
BIO465Microbiology 4.5 
BIO466Immunology 4.5 
BIO480Theory and Experimentation in Biotechnology^ 

Total credits required for the Biology major 65-69

Total Core Curriculum credits 25-42

Free elective credits 9-30

Total credits for the BS in Biology 120

* These courses can also be taken to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements.

** BIO 486-489 are the upper division WI courses for Biology major.

*** PHYS 117 may be substituted for PHYS 115, and PHYS 118 may be substituted for PHYS 116

+BTEC 489 may be substituted for BIO 489.

^BTEC 480 may be substituted for BIO 480.

@ Students that do not place directly into MATH 121 may need to take up to 8 credits of MATH prerequisites, MATH 120 (4 credits) and/or (MATH 102 (1 credit) or MATH 104 (3 credits) or MATH 115 (4 credits). Those courses subtract from the free-electives total.

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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