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Biology (B.A.)


The BA program in Biology provides a broad overview of modern biological findings and investigative techniques, along with necessary scientific background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. This program provides strong preparation for employment; further study in biology and in professional fields including medicine, veterinary science, and education; and life-long learning. To achieve these ends, the program features instruction in many settings, including classrooms, internship placements, field settings, seminars, and laboratories. To emphasize independent research, every student completes an independent research project. Additionally, most students take advantage of internship opportunities in Capital District hospitals, research laboratories, and governmental agencies.

Degree Requirements


Biology Courses

Foundational Courses: 11 Credits


Elective Courses: Select three 3-4 credit courses in Biology: 9-12 Credits


Supporting Courses: 12 Credits


Select at least two of the following courses: 7-8 Credits


Total credits required in major: 56-60


General Education Requirements not fulfilled by Major or required Supporting Courses


Russell Sage College Core Courses: 11 Credits

  • WLD 101 - Reading Women’s Voices/Developing Our Own : 4 Credits
  • WLD 201 - Researching Women’s Lives : 4 Credits
  • WLD 401 - Women Changing the World : 3 Credits

General Education Breadth Requirement: 18 Credits

  • Humanities - Fine & Performing Arts : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - History : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - Literature & Languages : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - Elective : 3 Credits
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (must be from 2 separate disciplines) : 6 Credits

Elective Courses: 31-35 Credits

Total credits required for degree: 120 Credits


Suggested Course Sequence for BA in Biology


The following is a general schedule for the Biology major. Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning your course schedule. Other course sequences are possible. Consult your advisor or the Biology Program Coordinator. Note also that one can introduce flexibility into this recommended sequence by shifting elective and/or general education slots around to allow one to pursue other courses of personal interest or compensate for scheduling conflicts.

Year 1- Fall: 13.5 credits

  • WLD 101 and WLD 101L (4 credits)
  • BIO 101 and BIO 101L (4 credits)
  • CHM 111 and CHM 111L (4 credits)
  • SST 111 or SST 121 First Year Seminar (1.5 credits)

Year 1- Spring: 16.5 credits

  • WLD 201 and WLD 201L (4 credits)
  • BIO 102 and BIO 102L (4 credits)
  • CHM 112 and CHM 112L (4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • SST 112 or SST 122 First Year Seminar (1.5 credits)

Year 2- Fall: 17 credits

  • MAT 220 (4 credits)
  • BIO 220 and BIO 220L (4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • Elective (6 credits)

Year 2- Spring: 15-16 credits

  • Biology Elective (3-4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (6 credits)
  • Elective (6 credits)

Year 3- Fall: 15-16 credits

  • CHM, PHY, or MAT Supporting Course (3-4 credits)
  • BIO 326 (3 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • Elective (6 credits)

Year 3- Spring: 15-16 credits

  • CHM, PHY, or MAT Supporting Course (3-4 Credits)
  • BIO 450 (3 credits)
  • BIO 359 (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

Year 4- Fall: 12-16 credits

  • BIO 401 or BIO 427 (3 credits)
  • Biology Elective (3-4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • Electives (3-6 credits)

Year 4- Spring: 13-17 credits

  • BIO 405 and BIO 405L (4 credits)
  • Biology Elective (3-4 credits)
  • Electives (3-6 credits)
  • WLD 401 (3 credits)