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Biology (B.S.)


The BS in Biology provides highly motivated students a strong academic preparation in the biological sciences supported by courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The program especially provides students with the tools to pursue graduate and premedical studies.

Entrance Requirements:

  • High school students will need a minimum overall high school GPA of 90% and a minimum science GPA of 90% in order to qualify for admission to the program.
  • Transfer students will need a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.000 and a science GPA of 3.000 in the required courses in order to qualify for admission to the program.
  • Sage students who have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 3.000 and a science GPA of 3.000 in the required courses may qualify for a major change to the program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the BS in Biology program, the successful student will be able to:

* Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues in biology.

* Describe the relatedness of organisms from physiological, genetic, developmental, and evolutionary perspectives.

* Summarize the interrelationships between plants and animals, and how the environment influences survival.

* Describe the flow of energy in the biosphere and in its plants and animals, specifically how organisms produce energy and utilize it.

* Retrieve and interpret peer-reviewed journal articles in biology.

* Effectively communicate scientific information in speech and in writing.

* Design and execute experiments to test scientific questions.

* Organize and analyze data using statistics and other mathematical techniques and draw logical conclusions.

* Use laboratory skills and techniques in a contemporary research setting.

* Explain biological principles using chemistry and physics.

* Explore diverse fields in biological sciences.

Degree Requirements


Core Courses: 17-20 Credits


Foundational Courses: 12 Credits


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


  • BIO 201 – Anatomy & Physiology I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
  • BIO 202 – Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
  • BIO 207 – Foundations in Genetics: 3 Credits
  • BIO 208 - Microbiology (w/lab) : 4 Credits
  • BIO 312 – Evolution  : 3 Credits
  • BIO 323 – Biology of Development : 4 Credits
  • BIO 336 – Animal Behavior : 3 Credits
  • BIO 350 – New & Emerging Diseases : 3 Credits
  • BIO 351 - Immunology I : 3 Credits
  • BIO 357 – Environmental Toxicology : 4 Credits
  • BIO 484 – Neurobiology : 3 Credits

Supporting Courses: 34-35 Credits


  • CHM 111 - General Chemistry I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
  • CHM 112 - General Chemistry II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
  • CHM 201 - Organic Chemistry I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
  • CHM 202 - Organic Chemistry II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
  • CHM 303 - Biochemistry : 3 Credits
  • PHY 101 - General Physics I (w/lab) or PHY 107 - Physics I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
  • PHY 102 - General Physics II (w/lab) or PHY 108 - Physics II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
  • MAT 220 - Applied Statistics (QR) : 4 Credits
  • MAT Elective – (MAT 113, 201 or 202)  : 3-4 Credits

Total credits required in major: 72-79


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: 12-19 Credits

Total Credits Required for Degree: 120


Sugested Course Sequence for BS 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 Department Chair. 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: 14-15 credits

  • MAT Elective - MAT 113 or MAT 201 (3-4 credits)
  • BIO 220 and BIO 220L (4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • CHM 201 and CHM 201L (4 credits)

Year 2- Spring: 14-15 credits

  • BIO Elective Course (3-4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • MAT 220 (4 credits)
  • CHM 202 and CHM 202L (4 credits)

Year 3- Fall: 17 credits

  • BIO 326 (4 credits)
  • PHY 101/107 (4 credits)
  • BIO 359 (3 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 3- Spring: 16-17 credits

  • BIO 450 (3 credits)
  • BIO Elective Course (3-4 credits)
  • PHY 102/108 (4 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 4- Fall: 15-16 credits

  • BIO 410 or BIO 427 (3 credits)
  • Biology Elective (3-4 credits)
  • CHM 303 (3 credits)
  • General Education Breadth Course (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 4- Spring: 13-16 credits

  • BIO 410 or Elective (3 credits)
  • BIO 405 and BIO 405L (4 credits)
  • Electives (3-6 credits)
  • WLD 401 (3 credits)