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Undergraduate Catalog


Phone: 845-257-3770
Location: Coykendall Science Building Room 106
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/biology Link opens in a new window


Within the Biology curriculum, students may choose one of three tracks:

(1) A liberal arts Biology track leading to a BA degree, OR

(2) Organismal/Environmental Biology, leading to a BS degree, OR

(3) Cell/Molecular Biology, leading to a BS degree.

A minor in Biology is also offered.

In addition to these programs, the Department of Biology offers the core Biology courses required for students interested in pursuing a Pre-Health/Pre-Medical program of study. Two accelerated medical programs with other institutions are currently in place:  1) the seven-year, dual-degree BS/Doctor of Optometry program with the SUNY College of Optometry and 2) the seven-year, dual-degree BS/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program with the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Departments of Biology and Chemistry also offer an interdisciplinary major in Biochemistry leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The curricular requirements are found here.

A grade of C- or better is required to advance from General Biology I (BIO201) to General Biology II (BIO 202) and from General Biology II (BIO202) to Genetics (BIO320). A minimum grade of C- in Genetics (BIO320) is a prerequisite for several upper-division Biology courses.

Biology Program: