Biology Major, BS

(NYC, PLV)

Prepares students for further education either in professional schools such as medical, dental, osteopathy, or veterinary medicine, or in scientific graduate school doctoral degree programs. The curriculum consists of Biology Core courses, Biology concentration courses in one of four tracks, and auxiliary science courses.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination given as part of BIO 490 that assesses the ability to integrate and synthesize basic concepts in Biology.

University Core – (44-55)

Note: auxiliary math and science courses (37 credits) listed below fulfill various foundations, area of knowledge, and inquiry and exploration requirements for the major.

Auxiliary Courses

Auxiliary Math & Science Courses

Required auxiliary math and science courses not taken in the University Core will be taken as Open Elective courses:

CHE 111General Chemistry I

4 credits

CHE 112General Chemistry II

4 credits

CHE 223Organic Chemistry I

5 credits

CHE 224Organic Chemistry II

5 credits

PHY 111General Physics I

4 credits

PHY 112General Physics II

4 credits

MAT 131Calculus I

4 credits

MAT 132Calculus II

4 credits

MAT 134Introduction to Probability and Statistics

3 credits

Major Courses – (41-50)

Biology Core Courses: (26 credits)

BIO 101General Biology I

4 credits

BIO 102General Biology II

4 credits

BIO 231Genetics

4 credits

BIO 327Cellular Biochemistry

4 credits

BIO 335Molecular and Cellular Biology

4 credits

BIO 490Introduction to Research in the Biological Sciences

3 credits

BIO 480Research in Biology

3 credits

Major Track Requirements - (15–24 credits)

General Biology Track

Provides broad study covering various areas of the biological sciences.

BIO 210Ecology

4 credits

or

BIO 215Urban Ecology

3 credits

BIO 264Microbiology

4 credits

BIO 334General Physiology

4 credits

Plus any two BIO courses numbered 200 or higher selected in consultation with the faculty adviser

Environmental Biology Track

Emphasizes study of the interrelationship between living and nonliving components of the environment and the adverse effects of human activity.

BIO 205Concepts of Environmental Science

3 credits

BIO 210Ecology

4 credits

or

BIO 215Urban Ecology

3 credits

Plus any three BIO courses numbered 200 or higher selected in consultation with the faculty adviser.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Track

Emphasizes study of cellular structure and function and the technologies involved in the investigation of molecular processes within cells.

BIO 264Microbiology

4 credits

BIO 372Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology

4 credits

BIO 375Advanced Cell Biology

3 credits

Plus any two BIO courses numbered 200 or higher selected in consultation with the faculty adviser.

Pre-Physical Therapy Area

 

BIO 233Fundamentals of Histology and Histopathology

4 credits

BIO 251Principles of Human Anatomy

4 credits

BIO 264Microbiology

4 credits

BIO 334General Physiology

4 credits

AND

TWO Advanced BIO electives (3-4 credits each) chosen with department advisor.

Plus any two BIO courses numbered 200 or higher selected in consultation with the faculty adviser

Toxicology Track

Emphasizes study of the manner by which chemicals released due to human activity or from natural sources impact upon biological systems.

BIO 334General Physiology

4 credits

BIO 345Introduction to Toxicology

3 credits

BIO 346Introduction to Basic Pharmacology

3 credits

Plus any two BIO courses numbered 200 or higher selected in consultation with the faculty adviser

Open Electives – (34-43)

These include auxiliary courses, UNV 101 (required of incoming freshmen students), and remaining open electives.

Total Credit Hours: 128

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