Program Information

Academic Tracks Leading to a B.S. or B.A. in Biology 

  • Pre-Med Concentration: The Pre-medical concentration will prepare you for higher study in fields such as medicine, veterinary sciences, chiropractic, physical therapy, dentistry, and ophthalmology.
  • Emphasis in Environmental Science: With an emphasis in Environmental Science, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the scientific processes at work upon the Earth and will be prepared to work in areas such as forestry, waste management, botany, pest control, and ecology.
  • Preparation for Adolescence Education: If you wish to teach biology at the high school level, our Adolescence Education track will equip you with knowledge and practice in teaching methods that will lead towards New York State certification and provide you with the scientific knowledge you require to become an effective classroom educator. For further details, please see Teacher Education.

Summary of Requirements:
All Biology majors take certain foundational courses that are critical to a thorough understanding of any physical science and pave the way for further specialization. These include General Biology I and II; General Chemistry I and II; General Physics I and II; Calculus I and II; Introductory Microbiology; Genetics, and Biochemistry (Introductory Biochemistry or Studies in Biochemistry).  Depending on your area of focus, you will also follow one of these courses of study:

  1. If you choose an emphasis in Pre-Med, your course of study will provide you with expertise in the human body and in the understanding of the content and processes of scientific research. Courses include Anatomy and Physiology I and II; Histology; Introductory Statistics; Inferential Statistics; Organic Chemistry I and II; Research Techniques; and Research Seminar.
  2. If you choose an emphasis in Environmental Science, your course of study will provide you with expertise in general science and research and in those disciplines unique to the study of the Earth and its inhabitants.  Courses include Introductory Ecology; Botanical Science; Animal Behavior; Introductory Statistics; Inferential Statistics; Organic Chemistry I and II; Research Techniques; and Research Seminar.
  3. Champion educators require expertise both in subject matter and in classroom pedagogy, and our course of study towards the Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Preparation for Adolescence Education will put you solidly on that path.  Biology program courses include Introductory Ecology; Anatomy and Physiology I and II; and 3 semester hours in Teaching Biology (Adolescence Education).  For information regarding the Education component of the program, please see Teacher Education.