Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

Biology (7-12) (BS)

For admission and continuation in the Biology 7-12 Bachelor of Science and all Adolescence Education courses students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students wishing to be recommended by the College for certification must successfully complete the education sequence.  In order to finish the sequence in two years it is recommended that students begin coursework at the beginning of their junior year.

Minimum Grade Required 

A minimum grade of C is required for a biology course to be used to satisfy a prerequisite for a biology course required for the major requirements in the Biology Bachelor of Science. 

Graduation Minimum GPA in Major

To qualify for graduation, students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in the courses that make up the biology major. 

General Education Requirements 46-49 credits 
Major Requirements  98-109 credits
Total Credits Required  120*

*24-27 credits required for the Major also satisfy general education requirements.

General Education Requirements

This program has a waiver to specify particular courses students must take in the areas of the General Education Requirements (Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning, Life and Physical Sciences, Scientific World and College Option). If students take different courses in these areas, they will be certified as having completed the requirements, but it may not be possible for them to finish their degree program within the regular number of credits.

ENG 111Introduction to College Writing(EC)

3

ENG 151College Writing(EC)

3

 

MTH 123College Algebra and Trigonometry(MQ)(STEM)

4

OR

MTH 130Pre-Calculus Mathematics(MQ)(STEM)

3

OR

MTH 230Calculus I with Pre-Calculus(MQ)(STEM)

6

OR

MTH 231Analytic Geometry and Calculus I(MQ)(STEM)

3

 

BIO 170General Biology I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

OR

CHM 141General Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

 

World Cultures and Global Issues Course(WG)

3

US Experience in its Diversity Course(US)

3

Individual and Society Course(IS)

3

Creative Expression Course(CE)

3

CHM 250Organic Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

5

CHM 256Organic Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

5

 

Social Science or TALA course at or above 200-level

4

BIO 171General Biology I Laboratory(CO)

1

CHM 121General Chemistry I Laboratory(CO)

1

 

BIO 170General Biology I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

OR

BIO 180General Biology II(SW)(STEM)

3

OR

CHM 141General Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

OR

CHM 142General Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

Major Requirements

BIO 170General Biology I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

BIO 171General Biology I Laboratory(CO)

1

BIO 180General Biology II(SW)(STEM)

3

BIO 181General Biology II Laboratory(RLA)

1

 

MTH 123College Algebra and Trigonometry(MQ)(STEM)

4

MTH 130Pre-Calculus Mathematics(MQ)(STEM)

3

 

MTH 229Calculus Computer Laboratory(RLA)

1

MTH 230Calculus I with Pre-Calculus(MQ)(STEM)

6

OR

MTH 229Calculus Computer Laboratory(RLA)

1

MTH 231Analytic Geometry and Calculus I(MQ)(STEM)

3

 

BIO 272Statistics for the Biological Sciences(RLA)

4

 

BIO 205General Physiology(RLA)

4

BIO 233Genetics(RLA)

4

BIO 235Evolution(RLA)

4

BIO 237Cell Biology(RLA)

4

BIO 239Ecology(RLA)

4

 

CHM 100Introduction to Chemistry(RLA)

3

CHM 101Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory(RLA)

1

CHM 141General Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

CHM 121General Chemistry I Laboratory(CO)

1

CHM 142General Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

CHM 127General Chemistry II Laboratory(CO)

1

CHM 250Organic Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

5

CHM 256Organic Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

5

 

PHY 116Physics I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

4

OR

PHY 120General Physics I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

PHY 121General Physics I Laboratory(CO)

1

 

PHY 156Physics II(SW)(STEM)

4

OR

PHY 160General Physics II(SW)(STEM)

3

PHY 161General Physics II Laboratory(CO)

1

 

One advanced six-hour laboratory course chosen from the following:

3

BIO 424Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory(RNL)

3

BIO 450Experimental Methods in Animal Physiology(RLA)

3

BIO 454Advanced Methods in Cell Biology(RLA)

3

BIO 456Experimental Methods in Ecology(RLA)

3

BIO 458Experimental Methods in Cell Biochemistry(RLA)

3

BIO 460Experimental Methods in Advanced Genetics(RLA)

3

 

BIO 240The Biology of Disease(RLA)

4

Two additional biology courses listed in another track and not listed here

6-8

BIO 310Vertebrate Zoology(RLA)

4

BIO 313Invertebrate Zoology and Paleontology(RLA)

4

BIO 314General Microbiology(RLA)

4

BIO 318Histology(RLA)

4

BIO 321Conservation Biology(RLA)

4

BIO 324Developmental Biology(RLA)

4

 

BIO 325/MLS 325Diagnostic Molecular Biology(RLA)

4

OR

MLS 325/BIO 325Diagnostic Molecular Biology(RLA)

4

 

BIO 326Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics(RLA)

4

BIO 328Botany(RLA)

4

BIO 329Marine Biology and Oceanography(RNL)

4

BIO 332Advanced Physiology(RLA)

4

BIO 335Gene Regulatory Systems(RLA)

4

BIO 338Behavioral Biology(RLA)

4

BIO 346General Virology(RLA)

3

BIO 365Principles of Neurobiology(RNL)

4

 

BIO 370Biochemistry I(RLA)

4

OR

BIO 372Cell Biochemistry(RLA)

4

 

BIO 376Biochemistry II(RLA)

4

BIO 415Mathematical Biology(RLA)

4

BIO 420Comparative Endocrinology(RLA)

4

BIO 425Computational Molecular Biology(RNL)

3

BIO 428Plant Physiology(RLA)

4

BIO 434Comparative Physiology(RLA)

4

BIO 442Immunology(RLA)

4

BIO 443Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis(RNL)

4

AND

Education Sequence

EDS 201Social Foundations of Secondary Education(RLA)

4

EDS 202Psychological Foundations of Secondary Education(RLA)

4

EDS 304The Pedagogy of Secondary School in Science(RNL)

4

EDS 318The Secondary School Curriculum in Science(RNL)

4

EDS 400Student Teaching in Secondary Education(RNL)

6

EDS 401Reflection and Analysis in Student Teaching in Secondary Education(RNL)

2

 

 

Total Credit Hours: 98-109

General Criteria for Entry into the Education Sequences
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to enroll in introductory (foundations) education courses (EDS 201, EDS 202). Students whose GPAs are below 3.0 but above 2.9 may appeal for special permission to enroll in an introductory foundations course. All students apply for admission to an educational sequence while enrolled in one of the 200-level foundations courses listed above. Applicants must have already taken the NYSTCE Academic Literacy and Skills Test (ALST). Students who are denied admission to the an educational sequence may appeal the decision. Instructions for the appeal processes, including deadlines, are available in the School of Education office located in Building 3S, Room 208.
Criteria for Continuing in the Educational Sequences
Students must develop and maintain a program portfolio as outlined in the program handbook. Students must earn a C+ or above in each education class. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.

Mathematics Placement

Depending on placement results, some students may have to complete MTH 30, and/or MTH 35 and/or MTH 123, and/or MTH 130 prior to enrolling in MTH 230/229 or MTH 231/229.

Chemistry Advisory

One-year of high school chemistry is required prior to entry into CHM 141/CHM 121.  If you have not completed one-year of high school chemistry you will be required to complete CHM 100 and CHM 101 prior to registering for CHM 141/CHM 121.

Independent Study

With the permission of the Department, a maximum of one Independent Study (BIO 591-594) may be used to satisfy a major requirement.

Requisite Waivers

A student who has educational background or work experience that may be equivalent to the stated pre- or corequisite for a biology course should contact the chairperson of the Biology Department. If it is determined that a student has the appropriate background, a course requisite waiver will be issued.

Prerequisite Advisory

EDS 202 has a prerequisite of three credits in psychology.  PSY 100, which also satisfies the Individual and Society general education requirement, is strongly recommended.
NYS Certification Requirement
EDP 220 is a requirement for NYS Certification and may also be used to satisfy the social science general education requirement. Students are encouraged to take this course prior to graduation.

Total Credit Hours: 120

Honors

The honors program in Biology is available to eligible seniors with a 3.5 grade point average or better. The program requires a minimum of one year to complete. The student may receive up to eight credits for independent study (BIO 594) while completing the honors program. However, students do not automatically gain entrance into the honors program by registering for independent study.

To be accepted into the honors program, the student must first obtain approval from a full-time member of the department to carry out an honors research project. This faculty member will then serve as the student’s advisor. Thereafter, the student will prepare and present a detailed written preliminary proposal of the honors research project for approval to a three-member departmental committee, consisting of the faculty adviser and two other faculty members. The committee will evaluate the proposal. After an oral presentation by the student and upon the recommendation of the committee, the student will be accepted into the program. The student will meet with his or her committee midway through the first semester for evaluation of the project. In addition, the student will submit a written progress report to the committee at the end of the first semester. On the basis of this report, the committee will decide whether the student should proceed further. If the student does not continue in the honors program, he or she may still acquire the credits for independent study.

When the research is completed, the student is required to write up the research in the form of a thesis that will be evaluated at early and final stages by the committee. The thesis format must adhere to that used by leading biological journals, or as outlined in the AIBS style manual. The ultimate decision on thesis format lies with the committee.

Because it will take at least one year to complete the honors program in Biology, it is suggested that the student begin work during the summer immediately following the junior year.