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Biology Department

Undergraduate Programs Leading to the BA or BS in Biology

 

Note to NEW students: If you intend to declare Biology as your major, you should declare the Pre-Biology pre-major (code 00BI) and get a Biology faculty advisor ASAP. To officially declare one of the major tracks below, you first will need to complete BIO201/211, BIO202/212, CHE201/211, CHE202/212 and achieve a math placement level (MPL) of 4 and a GPA of at least 2.5. See the PDF file "Pre-Major Requirements Worksheet" linked at the bottom of this page.

Contact the department secretary in CSB 106 for pre-major, major or minor declaration forms, as well as major and minor track worksheets.

Make sure you see the Biology department secretary and are assigned a Biology faculty member advisor as soon as you think you might major in Biology.

Also, note that Genetics (BIO320) is a pre-requisite for most upper level (300 or above) Biology courses and that it is only offered in the Fall semester. The expectation is that you will take Genetics right after completing Gen Bio II (BIO202).

Note to current students:  If you declared your major in Biology prior to Fall 2010, your graduation requirements will be based on the legacy curricula; worksheets are available here.

Major in:

» Biology (BA degree track)

» Organismal/Environmental Biology (BS degree track)

» Cell/Molecular Biology (BS degree track)

» Forms

The New Paltz Department of Biology offers three major options that focus on the undergraduate student.  The BA degree often connotes a broad Liberal Arts background. Students opting for the BA often are oriented toward careers in which a broad Biology background is useful (e.g., Law, Public Policy, Environmental Advocacy and Medicine). The BS often connotes more depth in the field and is appropriate for students considering graduate school and/or research careers, requiring specialization within a sub-discipline of biology and more rigorous cognate science requirements.

 



Biology (BA degree track) - 57 credits, plus an approved minor or second major (pdf)

Pre-major requirements......................................16 credits
BIO201/211 General Biology I (4)**
BIO202/212 General Biology II (4)**
CHE201/211 General Chemistry I (4)
CHE202/212 General Chemistry II (4)
Also required: Minimum MPL of 4; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
** General Biology I and II must be taken in sequence and are prerequisites for all biology courses at the 300-level and above.

Required biology course........................................4 credits
BIO320 Genetics (4)

Major electives....................................................18 credits (minimum)
These must be Biology courses at the 300-level or above, including at least three lab courses. A maximum of 4 credits from independent projects, including Research, Fieldwork or Independent Study, can be counted towards the major.

Participation in Lecture Series (6 hours)

Additional chemistry requirements.........................4 credits
CHE318 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHE306 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)

Math requirements.................................................7 credits
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MAT251 Calculus I (4)

Physics requirements (Fundamental OR General)....8 credits
Fundamental Physics:
PHY221 Fundamental Physics I (3)
PHY231 Fundamental Physics I Lab (1)
PHY222 Fundamental Physics II (3)
PHY232 Fundamental Physics II Lab (1)    OR

General Physics (requires Calculus I and II):
PHY201 General Physics I (3)
PHY211 General Physics I Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics II (3)
PHY212 General Physics II Lab (1)

Additional breadth requirement (approved minor)....~18-22 credits

Additional considerations for admission to medical, dental and veterinary schools: The requirements for these professional schools are constantly evolving and vary from institution to institution, but generally require two semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs, and often require a full year of Physics and Calculus and in some cases, Biochemistry. Please contact the Pre-Health Advisor in Academic Advising for more details.

Organismal/Environmental Biology (BS degree track) - ~72 credits (pdf)

Pre-major requirements......................................16 credits
BIO201/211 General Biology I (4)**
BIO202/212 General Biology II (4)**
CHE201/211 General Chemistry I (4)
CHE202/212 General Chemistry II (4)
Also required: Minimum MPL of 4; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
** General Biology I and II must be taken in sequence and are prerequisites for all biology courses at the 300-level and above.

Required track courses........................................11 credits
BIO320 Genetics (4)
BIO340 Ecology (4)
BIO412 Evolutionary Theory (3) OR
BIO418 Animal Behavior (3)

Track elective (choose 1).....................................4-5 credits
BIO305 Plant Morphology (4) OR
BIO307 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5) OR
BIO417 Animal Physiology (4) OR
BIO425 Plant Physiology (4)

Major electives..................................................14 credits (minimum)
These must be Biology courses at the 300-level or above, including one lab course. A maximum of 4 credits from independent projects, including Research, Fieldwork or Independent Study, can be counted towards the major.

Participation in Lecture Series (6 hours)

Additional chemistry requirements.........................8 credits
CHE318 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHE306 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHE319 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHE309 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)

Math requirements.............................................11 credits
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
MAT252 Calculus II (4)

Physics requirements...........................................8 credits
PHY201 General Physics I (3)
PHY211 General Physics I Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics II (3)
PHY212 General Physics II Lab (1)
 
 



Cell/Molecular Biology (BS degree track) - ~72 credits (pdf)

Pre-major requirements....................................16 credits
BIO201/211 General Biology I (4)**
BIO202/212 General Biology II (4)**
CHE201/211 General Chemistry I (4)
CHE202/212 General Chemistry II (4)
Also required: Minimum MPL of 4; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
** General Biology I and II must be taken in sequence and are prerequisites for all biology courses at the 300-level and above.

Required track courses.......................................15 credits
BIO320 Genetics (4)
BIO308 Basic Molecular Biology (4)
BIO309 Basic Cell Biology (4)
BIO412 Evolutionary Theory (3)

Track elective (choose 1).....................................4 credits
BIO311 Developmental Plant Anatomy (4) OR
BIO313 Developmental Biology (4) OR
BIO350 Microbiology (4)

Major electives....................................................10 credits (minimum)
These must be Biology courses at the 300-level or above, including one lab course. A maximum of 4 credits from independent projects, including Research, Fieldwork or Independent Study, can be counted towards the major.

Participation in Lecture Series (6 hours)

Additional chemistry requirements.........................8 credits
CHE318 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHE306 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHE319 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHE309 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)

Math requirements..............................................11 credits
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
MAT252 Calculus II (4)

Physics requirements............................................8 credits
PHY201 General Physics I (3)
PHY211 General Physics I Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics II (3)
PHY212 General Physics II Lab (1)


Lecture Series Requirement

Students majoring in Biology are required to attend six Biology-related seminars during the course of their education.  Full details are available here.

Independent Study

Up to four credits of independent study can be used to fulfill upper-division major electives.  Students interested in independent study should review the research profiles of faculty in Biology, and discuss opportunities with faculty as early as possible in their academic careers.

Programs in Education

The Biology Department also supports the undergraduate degree programs in Secondary Education and Elementary Education.

Health Professions

For more information about  preparation for careers in health-related fields (Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Physician's Assistants, Physical Therapy, etc.) at SUNY New Paltz, see the Pre-Health Careers Advising Webpage.  Depending on your major, you may need to take additional courses (beyond your minimum major requirements) that professional schools wish to see completed by applicants.

Minor in Biology (pdf)

Students may minor in Biology by completing General Biology I and II (BIO201 & BIO202) and ten additional Biology course credits, chosen in consultation with their advisor.

Forms

BS: concentration in Cell/Molecular Biology (pink worksheet)

BS: concentration in Organismal/Environmental Biology (blue worksheet)

BA in Biology (yellow worksheet)

Pre-Major Requirements Worksheet

Adolescence Education (Biology Requirements only)

Childhood Education (Biology Requirements only)

Minor in Biology