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Biology (B.A.)


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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

Core Courses: 20 Credits


Foundational Courses: Select three of the following: 12 Credits


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


* Note that students interested in the Environmental Science track must take BIO 110 as one of their Biology electives.

Supporting Courses


Select four of the following courses: 13-18 Credits


Total credits required in the major: 62-70


General Education Requirements not fulfilled by Major or required Supporting Courses


Humanities/Arts (may include cross-cultural requirement): 12 Credits


Social Science (may include cross-cultural requirement): 6 Credits


Quantitative Reasoning Course: 0-3 Credits


Cross-Cultural Course: 0-3 Credits


Electives: 14–28 Credits


Total credits required for degree: 120 Credits


Note(s):


If the Language Requirement is satisfied through proficiency or waived, then an additional 6 credits of other humanities must be taken.

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.

First Year


1st Semester


Total: 15.5 Credits


2nd Semester


Total: 15.5 Credits


Second Year


1st Semester


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  • BIO - Biology Foundational Course : 3-4 Credits
  • ENG 220 - College Research and Writing : 3 Credits
  • CHM, PHY, or MAT: Supporting Course : 3-4 Credits
  • General Education: Humanities : 3 Credits
  • General Education: Social Science : 3 Credits
  •  

Total: 15-17 Credits


2nd Semester


  • BIO - Biology Foundational Course : 3-4 Credits
  • CHM, PHY, or MAT: Supporting Course : 3-4 Credits
  • General Education: Humanities : 3 Credits
  • General Education: Social Science : 3 Credits
  • Elective or Cross-Cultural Course : 3 Credits

Total: 15-17 Credits


Third Year


1st Semester


  • BIO - Biology Foundational Course : 4 Credits
  • BIO - Biology Elective : 3-4 Credits
  • CHM, PHY, or MAT: Supporting Course : 3-4 Credits
  • Electives : 6 Credits 

Total: 16-18 Credits


2nd Semester


Total: 15-16 Credits


Fourth Year


1st Semester


Total: 12-16 Credits


2nd Semester


Total: 12-16 Credits


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