2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences

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The Department of Biological Sciences offers major programs in Biology (HEGIS 0401) and environmental science (HEGIS 0420), each leading to a BS degree. The Biology major has three concentrations: General Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Pre-physical therapy / Pre-physician’s assistant. The Department of Biological Sciences also offers a minor in Biology, and a minor in Neuroscience in collaboration with the Departments of Psychology and Philosophy.

5 Year BS/MST Dual Degree in Adolescence Education Biology: This five year combined BS/MST program in Adolescent Education/Biology prepares students for teaching grades 7-12. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Teaching degree as well as New York State initial certification to teach Adolescent Education/Biology. Students complete core curriculum and Biology major requirements for the undergraduate degree and complete graduate Education classes for the MST.


Chair: E. Muller; Professors: F. Fazio, J. Stabile; Associate Professors: T. D’Aversa, Y. Kang, E. Muller; Assistant Professor: D. Zuckerman; Clinical Professor: C. Andruk; Health Professions Advisor: T. D’Aversa.


The major programs of the Department of Biological Sciences are designed to meet the needs of students preparing for graduate study, professional schools and careers in laboratory research or the allied health sciences. The curriculum is based on the concept that knowledge in a natural science such as biology is essential to the intellectual development of a college student.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers accelerated programs in chiropractic medicine (New York Chiropractic College) and podiatry (New York College of Podiatric Medicine), and early acceptance and accelerated programs for osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine). Students who desire to participate in the accelerated or early acceptance programs must contact and make their intentions known to the health professions advisor in the fall semester of their freshman year. In order to be considered for a letter of recommendation by the Health professions Committee, students must have a minimum cumulative index of3.0 and a minimum science index of 3.2. Students are encouraged to meet with the Biology chair during their freshman year to develop a four-year program plan.

Other Options

Adolescence Education: Biology - Grades 7-12

Students wishing to major in Biology and receive teacher certification for grades 7-12 must complete all the requirements of the General Biology core and science co-requisite courses.  However, only the following 3 Biology electives are required:  BIO 238, BIO 314, and BIO 530. Additional credits in Education as outlined in this catalog must also be taken.

A major leading to a BA in Environmental Studies, Ecological and Environmental Literacy is also available as described in this catalog under Environmental Studies.  Other Environmental studies concentrations include Politics and Policy as well as Religious Studies.  A minor in Environmental studies is also available.


    Bachelor of ScienceNon-Degree

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