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Bachelor of Arts Degree Program


Students qualify for the Bachelor of Arts degree by successfully completing at least 33 credits of biology-required coursework within the department plus 38 credits in chemistry, physics and mathematics. The curriculum of the BA program includes required core courses, as well as elective laboratory and lecture courses.

The department accepts students as majors (application to major form) after they have successfully completed both of the following two groups of courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each group.

Acceptance Criteria

  • two college-level biology courses (BIO 200 and BIO 201, or equivalent)
  • a two-semester course in general chemistry (CHE 101-102, or equivalent) plus a two-semester course in college calculus (MTH 121-122, 141-142, or equivalent)

These criteria apply to all students, regardless of whether they started college at UB or transferred to UB from another institution. The application form, including a current academic advising report, is to be submitted directly to the Department of Biological Sciences. Each accepted student will be assigned a faculty advisor within the department at the time of acceptance. The advisor should be consulted concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.

Bachelor of Arts

Application to major form

Required credit hours in biological sciences 33
Required credit hours in chemistry, physics and mathematics 38
Total credit hours required for Bachelor of Arts degree 71


Required lecture courses in Biological Sciences

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology

BIO 201 Cell Biology

BIO 303 General Physiology (formerly BIO 203)

BIO 305 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (formerly BIO 205)

BIO 319 Genetics


Required laboratory courses in biological sciences: Choose THREE

BIO 313 General Physiology Laboratory (formerly BIO 213)

BIO 315 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory (formerly BIO 215)

BIO 329 Genetics Laboratory

BIO 332 Advanced Molecular Biology Lab

BIO 370 Developmental Biology Laboratory

BIO 400 Bioinformatics (Lab)

BIO 420 Cytogenetics Laboratory

APY 346 Comparative Primate Anatomy Lab

GLY 310 Ecological Methods

GLY 412 Field Marine Ecology

Up to 3 credits of BIO 498 Undergraduate Research will count as one of the required lab experiences.


Elective Courses: make choices to reach the 33 credit minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Electives may include lab courses or any of the 300 or 400 level courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. (NOTE:  The UB Curriculum course BIO 387 Communicating in Biological Sciences can not be used as elective credit towards the BA, but can be used as elective credit for the BS.)

BIO 301 Intermediate Cell Biology

BIO 302 Intro to Molecular Biology

BIO 309 Ecology

BIO 317 Medical Entomology/Parasitology

BIO 318 Plant Biology

BIO 330 Special Topics

BIO 344 Neuroethology

BIO 367 Developmental Biology

BIO 369 Biology of Microbes

BIO 400 Bioinformatics (Lecture)

BIO 401 Advanced Biological Chemistry

BIO 402 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology I

BIO 404 Advanced Molecular Genetics

BIO 405 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology II

BIO 406 Signal Transduction

BIO 407 Advanced Ecology

BIO 410 Biophysics of Macromolecules

BIO 417 Neurobiology

BIO 418 Integrative Neuroscience

BIO 425 Special Topics

BIO 426 Special Topics

BIO 432 Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics

BIO 437  Pattern and Process in Evolution

BIO 438  Evolutionary Ecology

BIO 440 Experimental Endocrinology

BIO 448 Endocrinology

BIO 449 Comparative Genomics

BIO 450 Human Evolutionary Genomics

BIO 461 Basic Radiation Science

Up to 3 credits of any 490 level Bio course (495, 498, 499) can count toward the BA. Credits in excess of the 3 allowed for the Bio degree will be counted in the general university elective pool.


Elective courses may include any of the following cognate courses:

APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy

APY 347 Understanding Human Variation

APY 348 Anthropological Osteology

APY 494 The Evolution of Hominin Behavior

CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences

CHE 350 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab

GEO 356 Forest Ecology

GEO 435 Conservation Biogeography

GEO 445 Restoration Ecology

GLY 400 Comparative Paleobiology

GLY 411 Tropical Marine Ecology

GLY 458 Macroevolution

MCH 311/PMY311 Chemistry of Drug Action

MIC 401 General Microbiology

MIC 412 Fundamentals of Immunology

PGY 451/452 Human Physiology

PSY 351 Biopsychology

PSY 402 Psychopharmacology

PSY 443 Neurobiology of Animal Communication

PSY 451 Drug Addiction

PUB 301 Epidemiology

STA 427 Statistics for Bio/Med Sciences


Selection of electives should be done in consultation with a departmental faculty advisor.


Required courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics

CHE 101 General Chemistry MTH 121 or MTH 141 Calculus I
CHE 102 General Chemistry MTH 122 or MTH 142 Calculus II
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry PHY 101/151 or PHY 107 General Physics I
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry PHY 102/152 or PHY 108/158 General Physics II


Possible timetable for completion of the BA degree in Biological Sciences (for students entering fall 2016 and after).


Possible timetable for completion of BA degree in Biological Sciences

(for students entering prior to 2016)

Freshman Year Sophomore Year Junior Year Senior Year
BIO 200 (Fall) BIO 303 (Fall) BIO 319 Elective(s) Lab(s) (Fall)
BIO 201 (Spring) BIO 305 Elective(s) Lab(s) (Fall) Elective(s) Lab(s) (Spring)
CHE 101 – 102 Elective(s) Lab(s) Elective(s) Lab(s) (Spring) PHY 101/151 – 102/152
MTH 121 – 122 CHE 201 – 202