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Bachelor of Science Degree Programs

The BS degree programs are designed for students who desire in-depth training across the spectrum of biological disciplines.

Students may either follow a general BS curriculum or choose to concentrate their degree by emphasizing course and lab work in:

Students qualify for the Bachelor of Sciences degree by successfully completing 44 credits of biology-required coursework plus 38 credits of chemistry, physics and mathematics.

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 Science (no concentration):

Application to major form

Required credit hours in biological sciences 44
Required credit hours in chemistry, physics and mathematics 38
Total credit hours required for Bachelor of Science degree 82

 

Required lecture courses in biological sciences

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology

BIO 201 Cell Biology

BIO 203 General Physiology

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry

BIO 319 Genetics

 

Required laboratory courses in biological sciences: Choose FOUR

BIO 213 General Physiology Laboratory

BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory

BIO 329 Genetics Laboratory

BIO 332 Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory

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 44 credit minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree.  Electives may include any lab course, any of the 300 or 400 level courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences or a cognate course listed for the BA program. A minimum of 3 (three) credits must be at the 400 level.  (NOTE:  Although the UB Curriculum course BIO 387 Communicating in Biological Sciences can not be used as elective credit towards the BA, it can be used as elective credit for the BS.)

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

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

Please note:  Students may choose to construct their BS electives by concentrating study in (1) Cell and Molecular Biology, (2) Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (3) Pre-Health Studies or (4) Neuroscience.  Suggested courses for the concentrations are included on the following pages.

 

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/Lab

 

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

 

Possible timetable for completion of BS degree in Biological Sciences

(for students entering prior to fall 2016).

Freshman Year Sophomore Year Junior Year Senior Year
BIO 200 (Fall) BIO 203 (Fall) BIO 319 PHY 101/151
BIO 201 (Spring) BIO 205 BIO Elective(s) PHY 102/152
CHE 101 – 102 CHE 201 – 202 BIO Lab(s) BIO Elective(s)
MTH 121 – 122 BIO lab(s) BIO Lab(s)

 

Bachelor of Science Degree Program:

Concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Application to major form

Summary

Required credit hours in biological sciences 44
Required credit hours in chemistry, physics and mathematics 38
Total credit hours required for Bachelor of Science degree 82

 

Required lecture courses in biological sciences

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology

BIO 201 Cell Biology

BIO 203 General Physiology

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry

BIO 319 Genetics

AND for this concentration:
BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
BIO 402 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 1

 

Required laboratory courses in Biological Sciences: Choose (FOUR total)

BIO 332 Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory

and THREE of the following:

BIO 213 General Physiology Lab

BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Lab

BIO 329 Genetics Lab

BIO 370 Developmental Biology Lab

BIO 400 Bioinformatics (Lab)

BIO 420 Cytogenetics Laboratory

 

Elective courses: make choices from the following courses in Cell and Molecular Biology to reach the 44 credit minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree:

BIO 301 Intermediate Cell Biology

BIO 330 Special Topics: Biological Chemistry of Human Diseases

BIO 367 Developmental Biology

BIO 369 Biology of Microbes

BIO 400 Bioinformatics (Lecture)

BIO 401 Advanced Biological Chemistry

BIO 404 Advanced Molecular Genetics

BIO 405 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 2

BIO 406 Signal Transduction

BIO 417 Neurobiology

BIO 418 Integrative Neuroscience

BIO 426 Special Topics: Genes and Cancer

BIO 440 Experimental Endocrinology

BIO 448 Endocrinology

BIO 449 Comparative Genomics

 

Required courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics

CHE 101 General Chemistry MTH 121 or 141 Calculus I
CHE 102 General Chemistry MTH 122 or 142 Calculus II
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry PHY 101/151 or PHY107 General Physics I
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry PHY 102/152 or PHY108/158 General Physics II

 

Bachelor of Science Degree Program:

Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Application to major form

Summary

Required credit hours in biological sciences 44
Required credit hours in chemistry, physics and mathematics 38
Total credit hours required for Bachelor of Science degree 82

 

Required courses in Biological Sciences

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology

BIO 201 Cell Biology

BIO 203 General Physiology

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry

BIO 319 Genetics

AND for this concentration:
BIO 309 Ecology
BIO 437  Pattern and Process in Evolution OR BIO 438  Evolutionary Ecology

 

Required laboratory courses in Biological Sciences: Choose (FOUR total)

GLY 310 Ecological Methods

and THREE of the following:

BIO 213 General Physiology Lab

BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Lab

BIO 329 Genetics Lab

BIO 332 Advanced Molecular Biology Lab

BIO 370 Developmental Biology Lab

BIO 400 Bioinformatics (Lab)

BIO 420 Cytogenetics Lab

APY 346 Comparative Primate Anatomy Lab

GLY 412 Field Marine Ecology

 

Elective courses: make choices from the following courses to reach the 44 credit minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree.

BIO 317 Medical Entomology/Parasitology

BIO 318 Plant Biology

BIO 330 Special Topics: Physiology of Life in Extreme Environments

BIO 369 Biology of Microbes

BIO 400 Bioinformatics (Lecture)

BIO 407 Advanced Ecology

BIO 426 Special Topics: Development and Evolution

BIO 426 Special Topics: Analysis of Whole Genome Sequence Data

BIO 432 Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics

BIO 437 Pattern and Process in Evolution

BIO 438 Evolutionary Ecology

BIO 449 Comparative Genomics

BIO 450 Human Evolutionary Genomics

APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy

APY 347 Understanding Human Variation

APY 494 The Evolution of Hominin Behavior

GEO 356 Forest Ecology

GEO 435 Conservation Biogeography

GEO 445 Restoration Ecology

GLY 400 Comparative Paleobiology

GLY 411 Tropical Marine Ecology

GLY 458 Macroevolution

 

Required courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics

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

 

Bachelor of Science Degree Program:

Concentration in Pre-Health Studies

Application to major form

Summary

Required credit hours in biological sciences 44
Required credit hours in chemistry, physics and mathematics 38
Total credit hours required for Bachelor of Science degree 82

 

Required courses in biological sciences

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology

BIO 201 Cell Biology

BIO 203 General Physiology

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry

BIO 319 Genetics

AND for this concentration:
BIO 448 Endocrinology

 

Required laboratory courses in Biological Sciences: Choose (FOUR total)

BIO 213 General Physiology Lab

and THREE of the following:

BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Lab

BIO 329 Genetics Lab

BIO 332 Advanced Molecular Biology Lab

BIO 370 Developmental Biology Lab

BIO 400 Bioinformatics (lab)

BIO 420 Cytogenetics Lab

APY 346 Comparative Primate Anatomy Lab

 

Elective courses: Make additional choices from the following courses to reach the 44 credit minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree.

BIO 301 Intermediate Cell Biology

BIO 302 Molecular Biology

BIO 317 Medical Entomology/Parasitology

BIO 330 Special Topics: Biological Chemistry of Human Diseases

BIO 330 Special Topics: Genetics of Human Diseases

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 1

BIO 404 Advanced Molecular Genetics

BIO 405 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 2

BIO 406 Signal Transduction

BIO 417 Neurobiology

BIO 418 Integrative Neuroscience

BIO 426 Special Topics: Genes and Cancer

BIO 440 Experimental Endocrinology

BIO 449 Comparative Genomics

APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy

APY 348 Anthropological Osteology

MIC 401 General Microbiology

MIC 412 Fundamentals of Immunology

MCH 311/PMY 311 Chemistry of Drug Action

PGY 451/452 Human Physiology

SPM 301 Epidemiology

 

Required courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics

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

 

Bachelor of Science degree program:

Concentration in Neuroscience

Application to major form

Required credit hours in biological sciences 44
Required credit hours inmath, chemistry, and physics 38
Total required credit hours 82

 

Required lecture courses in biological sciences

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology

BIO 201 Cell Biology

BIO 203 General Physiology

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry

BIO 319 Genetics

AND for this concentration:
BIO 417 Neurobiology
BIO 418 Integrative Neuroscience

 

Required laboratory courses in biological sciences: Choose (FOUR total)

BIO 213 General Physiology Lab

and THREE of the following:

BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Lab

BIO 329 Genetics Lab

BIO 332 Advanced Molecular Biology Lab

BIO 370 Developmental Biology Lab

BIO 400 Bioinformatics (Lab)

BIO 420 Cytogenetics Lab

APY 346 Comparative Primate Anatomy Lab

 

Elective courses:  Make additional choices from the following courses to reach the 44 credit minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree.

BIO 301 Intermediate Cell Biology

BIO 302 Molecular Biology

BIO 344 Neuroethology

BIO 367 Developmental Biology

BIO 400 Bioinformatics (Lecture)

BIO 401 Advanced Biological Chemistry

BIO 402 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 1

BIO 404 Advanced Molecular Genetics

BIO 405 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 2

BIO 406 Signal Transduction

BIO 440 Experimental Endocrinology

BIO 448 Endocrinology

APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy

PGY 451/452 Human Physiology

PSY 351 Biopsychology

PSY 402 Psychopharmacology

PSY 443 Neurobiology of Animal Communication

PSY 451 Drug Addiction

 

Required courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics

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