About the Program

The B.A. degree program in the biological sciences prepares students for several options, including various employment opportunities at the bachelor’s degree level, and entrance to graduate or professional schools.

A departmental honors program is also available. Students should contact the department for additional information.

BIO 111 is the required initial biology course in the program. Students must earn a C or better in BIO 111 to take more advanced biology courses.

Academic Performance Policy

Students who have a GPA of less than 2.0 in BIO-prefixed courses required for the major at the end of a semester will be placed on departmental probation. Students will then have two semesters to raise their GPA to a 2.0 or greater in BIO-prefixed required courses or they will be dismissed from the department.

About the Biology Department

166 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5203
Fax: (716) 878-4524
https://biology.buffalostate.edu/

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 30-33 cr

Biology Major Requirements (40-46 credit hours)
Required Courses (15 credit hours)
BIO 111 FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGY 3
BIO 211 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS 4
BIO 213 INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND BEHAVIOR 4
BIO 333 BIOLOGICAL FORM, FUNCTION AND DIVERSITY 4 4

Concentration Courses
Students are required to complete one of the following concentrations: 26-28

Integrative Biology Concentration (26-28 credit hours)
Select two from the following courses:
BIO 314 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY (4)
BIO 315 ECOLOGY (4)
BIO 405 EVOLUTION
BIO 440 APPLICATIONS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

Select 20 credits of elective biology courses at the 300 level or above.

Excludes BIO 308, BIO 309, BIO 311, BIO 312, BIO 322, and BIO 324

Up to 9 credits total of BIO 361/362 Biology Seminar, BIO 488 Biology Internship, BIO 495 Special Project, and BIO 499 Independent Study may be applied to the Biology elective requirement. Of this total, no more than 2 cr from BIO 361/362 Biology Seminar and 3 cr fro BIO 488 Biology Internship may be used.

Aquatic Biology Concentration (25-26 credit hours) 25-26
BIO 300 BIOSTATISTICS (4)
or MAT 311 INTRODUCTORY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
BIO 315 ECOLOGY (4)
BIO 405 EVOLUTION
BIO 488 BIOLOGY INTERNSHIP (1-15)
Select three from the following:

BIO 325 ICHTHYOLOGY (4)
BIO 418 LIMNOLOGY (4)
BIO 429 FISHERIES BIOLOGY (4)
BIO 430 STREAM ECOLOGY (4)

Total Required Credit Hours in Other Fields (8 credit hours)
CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I
& CHE 113 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I (4)
CHE 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II
& CHE 114 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II (4)

All College Electives
21-35 credit hours 21-35
Total Credit Hours 120