Biology Major, BS

Campus: NYC, Westchester


This major prepares students for further education either in professional schools such as medical, dental, osteopathy, or veterinary medicine, or in scientific graduate school doctoral degree programs. The curriculum includes Biology Core courses, Math & Science courses, and Biology elective courses in several categories.

Students are required to 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.

Note: Qualified students interested in occupational therapy, optometry, or podiatry also have an opportunity to participate in an accelerated dual-degree program with a professional school. For details see Biology, BS: Pre-Professional major. 

Major Completion Summary

Requirement Credits
University Core Requirements 44-55
Major Requirements 42-47
Open Electives 17-31
Total Credits 128

University Core Requirements (44-55 Credits)

See complete University Core requirements.

Note: Various major-required math and science courses listed below may fulfill foundation, area of knowledge, and/or core requirements. Please consult with an academic advisor.

 Major Requirements (42-47 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
Biology Electives
Select one course from each of the following category groups:9-12
Molecular and Cellular Biology Category
Microbiology
Advanced Microbiology
Neurobiology
Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology
Advanced Cell Biology
Topic: Cancer Cell Biology
Fundamentals in Reproductive Biology
Organismal Biology Category
Botany
Fundamentals of Histology and Histopathology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Principles of Human Anatomy
Microbiology
Principles of Biochemistry
General Physiology
Immunology
Fundamentals in Reproductive Biology
Biological Systems and Ecology Category
Concepts of Environmental Science
Urban Ecology
Botany
Microbial Ecology
Animal Behavior
Introduction to Toxicology
Topics: Evolutionary Biology
Other Required Biology Electives
Select two additional courses from the three preceding groups. At least one of the two courses must be lecture/laboratory course of 4 credits.7-8
Required Math and Science Courses 3, 4
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Calculus I
Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences
College Physics I
College Physics II
General Physics I
General Physics II
Total Credits47-51

Open Electives (17-31 Credits)

Open Electives
Select 17-31 credits 117-31
Total Credits17-31