Biology Major, BA

Campus: NYC, Westchester


This B.A. program prepares students for a career that may involve significant background in the biological sciences (e.g., scientific journalism and certain legal areas environmental and patent law) but does not require the extensive scientific coursework of the BS degree. Students must pass a comprehensive examination given as part of BIO 490 Introduction to Research in the Biological Sciences that assesses the ability to integrate and synthesize basic concepts in biology.

Major Completion Summary

Requirement Credits
University Core Requirements 44-55
Major Requirements 35
Open Electives 24-49
Total Credits 128

University Core Requirements (44-55 Credits)

See complete University Core requirements.

Includes as foundational courses the following major-required courses:

Required Foundational Chemistry and Math Courses
CHE 111General Chemistry I4
Select one of the following:3-4
MAT 134Introduction to Probability and Statistics (NYC students)3
MAT 141Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences (PLV students)4

Major Requirements (35 Credits)

Biology Core Courses
BIO 101General Biology I4
BIO 102General Biology II4
BIO 210Ecology4
BIO 231Genetics4
BIO 327Cellular Biochemistry4
BIO 335Molecular and Cellular Biology4
BIO 335AMolecular and Cellular Biology (NYC students only)1
BIO 490Introduction to Research in the Biological Sciences3
BIO 490A0
Select one of the following:3
Independent Study in Biology
Research in Biology
Internship in Biology
Major Electives
Select nine credits of the following:9
Concepts of Environmental Science
Urban Ecology
Botany
Fundamentals of Histology and Histopathology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Principles of Human Anatomy
Microbiology
The Neurobiology of Alzheimer's Disease
Advanced Microbiology
Microbial Ecology
Animal Behavior
Principles of Biochemistry
General Physiology
Introduction to Toxicology
Immunology
Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology
Advanced Cell Biology
Topic: Cancer Cell Biology
Fundamentals in Reproductive Biology
Topics: Evolutionary Biology
Major Required Chemistry Courses 2
CHE 112General Chemistry II4
CHE 223Organic Chemistry I5
CHE 224Organic Chemistry II5
Total Credits54

Open Electives (24-49 Credits)

Open Electives
Select 24-49 credits 124-49
Total Credits24-49