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Applied Biology (B.S.)

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The Biology Department at Sage College of Albany offers a B.S. degree in Applied Biology. This program is designed for students who enjoy biology and wish to work in a biology-related field. Through coursework and internship  experiences, students obtain competency in biology along with another field of their choice, which is referred to as a Companion Discipline.

Companion Disciplines include:

  • Art (Illustration)
  • Communications/Public Policy
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Med and Physician Assistant preparation
  • Law & Society
  • Marketing/Management
  • Math/Computer Science
  • Nutrition
  • Writing

Depending on a student’s companion discipline, the B.S. in Applied Biology can lead to a career as a physician, physician assistant, research scientist, science writer, science illustrator, environmental lobbyist, sales representative or manager in a research facility  or a drug company, or a public relations specialist in a science-related company, among many others. This flexible curricular approach allows students to keep pace with today’s rapidly changing workplace.

  • The Capital District is a science-rich area and is expected to become even more so in the future. Internships in a variety of settings are available to qualified students.
  • Students construct an electronic portfolio highlighting their academic accomplishments. This aids in personal development and goal- setting and serves as an boost in seeking employment.

Degree Requirements

Overview of Companion Disciplines

In consultation with an advisor, students choose 7 courses from one of the following areas.  Note: for some disciplines, the mathematics and social science general education courses are pre-determined.

  • Art (Illustration), 21 credits
  • Business (Marketing/Management), 21 credits
  • Communications & Public Policy, 21 credits
  • Law & Society, 21 credits
  • Mathematics & Computer Science, 21 credits
  • Writing, 21 credits

Companion Disciplines with specified course requirements:

Environmental Science, 25 credits

BIO 130 Environmental Biology
BIO 326 Principles of Ecology
BIO 357 Environmental Toxicology
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 205 Chemical Analysis

Forensic Science, 26 credits

CHM 205 Chemical Analysis
CHM 308 Instrumental Analysis
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 340 Intro to Forensic Science
CRM 111 Criminal Justice
CRM 353 Evidence

  • Biology Electives in major: BIO 209 Fundamentals of Forensic Sci, Biochemistry Course 300 level, PHY 102 General Physics II
  • Math Elective in major: MAT 201 Calculus I

Nutrition Science, 25 credits

SCI 120 Nutrition Science
NTR 211 Food Science
NTR 311 Advanced Nutrition
NTR 402 Advanced Food Science
NTR 404 Medical Nutrition Therapy or NTR-417 Nutrition and Human Disease
SCI 310 Exercise Physiology
CHM 220 Intro to Human Metabolism

  • Social Science Electives in major, 6 credits: PSY 101 Intro to Psychology; PSY 304 Counseling Theory and Practice or PSY 324 Group Counseling

Physical Therapy 3 + 3

Physical Therapy 4 + 3

Pre-Med/Phys Asst Prep

CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry I
PHY 101 General Physics I*
PHY 202 General Physics II
BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 2O2 Anatomy & Physiology II
LAW 101 Introduction to Law
Any EGL course
Any PSY course

  • *PHY 101 replaces PHY 105 in core

Suggested Sequence

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Total Credits Required in the Degree: 120

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