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Biology, B.A.

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
http://biology.buffalostate.edu/

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 37-43 cr

Biology Major Requirements (42-43 credit hours)
Required Courses (16 credit hours)
BIO 111 INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY 4
BIO 212 INTRODUCTION TO ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY AND DIVERSITY 4
BIO 213 INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND BEHAVIOR 4
BIO 214 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY 4

Concentration Courses
Students are required to complete one of the following concentrations: 26-27
Integrative Biology Concentration (27 credit hours)
BIO 303 GENETICS (4)
BIO 405 EVOLUTION

Select one from the following:
BIO 314 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY (4)
BIO 315 ECOLOGY (4)
BIO 430 STREAM ECOLOGY (4)
Elective biology courses (300-400 level, except BIO 308-BIO 309) selected by advisement (16 credit hours)

Aquatic Biology Concentration (27 credit hours)
BIO 300 BIOSTATISTICS (4)
BIO 315 ECOLOGY (4)
BIO 325 ICHTHYOLOGY (4)
BIO 418 LIMNOLOGY (4)
BIO 429 FISHERIES BIOLOGY (4)
BIO 430 STREAM ECOLOGY (4)
BIO 488 BIOLOGY INTERNSHIP (1-15)

Biotechnology Concentration (26-27 credit hours)
BIO 303 GENETICS (4)
BIO 314 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY (4)
BIO 316 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY (4)
BIO 405 EVOLUTION
BIO 450 RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY (4)

Select one from the following: 3-4
BIO 301 CELL PHYSIOLOGY (4)
BIO 305 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (4)
BIO 350 GENES IN POPULATIONS (4)
BIO 402 COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY (4)
BIO 408 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (4)
CHE 470 BIOCHEMISTRY I

Elective biology course (300-400 level, except BIO 308-BIO 309) selected by advisement (4 credit hours)

Requirements in Other Fields (8-18 credit hours)
Note: CHE 111, CHE 112, and CHE 114 are required of all Biology B.A. students. CHE 201 and CHE 203 are required of students completing the biotechnology concentration; CHE 202 is required of biotechnology students who choose to take CHE 470. 8-18

CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I (4)
CHE 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II
& CHE 114 and LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II (4)
CHE 201 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
& CHE 203 and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (4)
CHE 202 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

Recommended Courses in Related Fields
CHE 202 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
CHE 203 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (1)
CHE 204 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II (1)
PHY 107 GENERAL PHYSICS I
& PHY 108 and GENERAL PHYSICS II (8)
PHY 111 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I
& PHY 112 and UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II (10)
MAT 126 APPLIED CALCULUS I (4)

All College Electives
25-39 credit hours 25-39

Total Credit Hours 120

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