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BIO-BS - Biology


Official Name of Program


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Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BS - Bachelor of Science



NYSED Program Code

34900 - BIO-BS

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Study of the biological sciences is a major requirement for students who wish to specialize in such fields as plant or animal research, and for students who plan to enter various health professions, such as medicine, dentistry, medical technology, physician assistant, and physical therapy; research in fields from cells and molecules to organisms to ecosystems, and education at both the high school and collegiate levels. The Department offers a varied and balanced program for biology and health profession majors.

There are three tracks in the Biology Bachelor of Science degree.  They are: Track One: General, Track Two: Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology, and Track Three: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Double Counting Policy

Undergraduate students who have accumulated minimum 75 credits with 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply for early admission to the Master's of Biology program.  If accepted, students will be eligible to enroll in graduate courses that will count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degree. Students will receive an admissions decision prior to selecting the last 30 credits toward their undergraduate degree program.

Once admitted to the master’s program, the student will register for the advised combination of graduate and undergraduate courses to complete the requisite number of credits to complete the undergraduate degree. If graduate courses substitute for specific undergraduate degree requirements, this should be noted. If graduate courses do not substitute for specific undergraduate degree requirements, students must complete their undergraduate degree requirements using the appropriate graduate and undergraduate courses. Once undergraduate requirements are completed, the undergraduate degree will be conferred. Up to 12 credits of approved graduate courses taken as an undergraduate will count toward the graduate degree. Graduate courses taken will appear simultaneously on both the undergraduate record and the graduate record as original coursework with grades calculated into the GPA. Double counting 12 credits is accepted. Students will pay the undergraduate tuition rates up to the number of credits required to earn their baccalaureate degree. Any credits taken after that number will be charged at the appropriate graduate program level. 

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 major.