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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

Biology Core Courses: 17 Credits
BIO 101 General Biology I : 3 Credits
BIO 101L General Biology I - Lab : 1 credit
BIO 102 General Biology II : 3 Credits
BIO 102L General Biology II - Lab : 1 credit
BIO 359 Explorations in Research Meth. : 3 Credits
BIO 450 Seminar in Biology : 3 Credits

Complete one of the following courses:
BIO 401 Senior Independent (Research)  : 3 Credits
BIO 427 Internship in Biology : 3 Credits

Foundational Courses: 11 Credits
BIO 220 Cell Biology (w/lab) : 4 Credits
BIO 326 Principles of Ecology  : 3 credits
BIO 405 Molecular Genetics (w/lab) : 4 Credits

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

Supporting Courses: 12 Credits
CHM 111 General Chemistry I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
CHM 112 General Chemistry II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
MAT 220 Applied Statistics : 4 Credits

Complete at least two of the following courses: 7-8 Credits
CHM 104 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry : 4 Credits
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
PHY 101 General Physics I (w/lab) : 4 Credits or
PHY 107 Physics I (w/lab) : 4 Credits
PHY 102 General Physics II (w/lab) : 4 Credits or
PHY 108 Physics II (w/lab) : 4 Credits
CHM 205 Chemical Analysis : 3 Credits
CHM 220 Nutritional Biochemistry  : 3 Credits
CHM 302 Instrumental Analysis : 4 Credits
CHM 303 Biochemistry : 3 Credits
MAT 201 Calculus I : 4 Credits

Total credits required in major: 56-60

Elective Courses: 31-35 Credits

RSC General Education Courses: 29 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: 16.5-18 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 Elective (1.5 credits - 3 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)