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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.


Program Requirements : 54-56 credits

Core : 47-48 credits
Complete all of the following:
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 150 Writing in Biology : 1 credit
BIO 207 Genetics : 3 credits
BIO 208 Microbiology with lab : 4 credits
BIO 300- or 400-level elective course : 3-4 credits
BIO 326 Ecology : 3 credits
BIO 359 Explorations in Research Meth : 3 credits
BIO 401 Senior Independent Research -or- BIO 427 Internship in Biology : 3 credits
BIO 415 Cell and Molecular Biology w/lab : 4 credits
BIO 450 Seminar in Biology : 3 credits
CHM 111 General Chemistry I with lab : 4 credits
CHM 112 General Chemistry II with lab : 4 credits
Statistics: MAT 220 or PSY 207 : 4 credits

Complete two of the following courses: 7-8 credits
CHM 104 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry : 4 credits
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I with lab : 4 credits
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II with 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
PHY 101 Physics I with lab -or- PHY 107 Physics I with lab : 4 credits
PHY 102 Physics II with lab -or- PHY 108 Physics II with lab : 4 credits


Degree Completion Notes

Total credits required for bachelor 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


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 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.

Year 1- Fall: 15 credits
WRT 101 (3 credits)
BIO 101 and BIO 101L (4 credits)
BIO 150 (1 credit)
CHM 111 and CHM 111L (4 credits)
RSC 101 (3 credits)

Year 1- Spring: 17 credits
WRT 201 (3 credits)
BIO 102 and BIO 102L (4 credits)
CHM 112 and CHM 112L (4 credits)
General Education Course (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Year 2- Fall: 14 credits
MAT 220 (4 credits)
General Education Course (3 credits)
BIO 208 and BIO 208L (4 credits)
Electives (6 credits)

Year 2- Spring: 15-16 credits
BIO 207 (3 credits)
BIO elective (3-4 credits)
General Education Course (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
RSC 201 (3 credits)

Year 3- Fall: 15-16 credits
BIO 326 (3 credits)
General Education Course (3 credits)
Electives (9 credits)

Year 3- Spring: 15-16 credits
BIO 359 (3 credits)
BIO elective at 300- or 400-level (3-4 credits)
General Education Course (3 credits)
RSC 301 (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Year 4- Fall: 15-16 credits
BIO 401 or BIO 427 (3 credits)
CHM or PHY elective (3-4 credits)
General Education Course (3 credits)
Electives (6 credits)

Year 4- Spring: 13-17 credits
BIO 415 and BIO 415L (4 credits)
BIO 450 (3 credits)
Electives (6-9 credits)
 


Degree Completion Notes

Total credits required for bachelor degree (minimum): 120 credits
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage (minimum)
Completion of all required General Education coursework