Bachelor's

Biology (B.A.)

Program

The BA program in Biology at Russell Sage College 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 and further study in biology and in professional fields including medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, veterinary science, and education. 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.

In addition to completing the BA in Biology degree students may also complete the BA in Biology degree with tracks in OT or PT (if accepted):

Biology BA to Occupational Therapy MS (3+2)
Biology BA to Occupational Therapy MS (4+2)

Biology BA to Physical Therapy DPT (3+3)
Biology BA to Physical Therapy DPT (4+3)

Core Requirements

  • Complete all of the following:
Item #
Title
Credits
BIO 300 or 400 Level Elective Course  +
3 - 4
Sub-Total Credits
47-48

Required Electives

  • Complete two of the following courses:
Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
7-8

Degree Completion Notes

  • Total credits required for a bachelor's degree (minimum): 120 credits
  • 1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage
  • Completion of General Education Program Requirements
  • Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
  • Minimum major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200
Total Credits
54-56
Course Sequencing

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 Director. 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.

Item #
Title
Credits
Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
17
Item #
Title
Credits
Elective  +
3
Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
17
Item #
Title
Credits
BIO Elective  +
3 - 4
Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15-16
Item #
Title
Credits
Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
12
Item #
Title
Credits
BIO Elective Level 300–400+  +
3 - 4
Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15-16
Item #
Title
Credits
CHM or PHY Elective  +
3 - 4
Elective  +
3
Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15-16
Item #
Title
Credits
Elective  +
3
Elective  +
3
Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
13-16