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B.A. in Biology

Contact Person:
Glenn Johnson, Chair
207B Stowell, (315) 267-2710, johnsong@potsdam.edu

Special Notes for Biology Majors (B.A. and B.S.)
With approval of adviser and Department of Biology chair, no more than four credit hours from the combination of BIOL 475, 485, and biologically-based internships may be used as part of the departmental semester-hour requirement. This restriction is not intended to discourage students from taking any of these courses, but to ensure adequate diversity and breadth in pursuit of the biology major. All credits submitted for the minimum departmental credits for the biology major must be 2.0/S or higher. This does not assume a 2.0 average, but a 2.0 in each course. No student may enroll more than two times in any course offered by the Department of Biology without written permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean. Students may elect to take the laboratory component of only one of the two following required courses: BIOL 300 (Ecology) or BIOL 311 (Genetics). Consult with a departmental adviser for recommended coursework outside the major.

37 credit hours required. Plus 12 credits of cognates.

All courses are 4 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 18-19)
BIOL 151 General Biology I
BIOL 152 General Biology II
BIOL 300 Ecology* (3-4 credits)
BIOL 311 Genetics* (3-4 credits)
BIOL 483 Current Topics in Biology (3 credits)
*Note: Students must take at least one laboratory component with BIOL 300 or BIOL 311, but may choose to take both.

Physiology Component (Credits 4)
Choose at least one of the following in consultation with adviser:
BIOL 303 Plant Physiology
BIOL 404 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
BIOL 407 Cell Physiology
BIOL 410 Human Physiology
BIOL 413 Neurophysiology
BIOL 440 Comparative Animal Physiology

Elective Courses (Credits 14-15)
Under advisement, students must choose a minimum of 14-15 additional credit hours from the department’s elective offerings. Student taking only one of the 1-credit labs for BIOL 300 and 311 will need a minimum of 15 credits of electives. Students taking both labs will need 14 credits of electives. Students may focus their interests to increase their depth of knowledge or pick a variety of coursework to increase their breadth of knowledge.

Cognate Requirements* (Credits 12)
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I
*All cognate courses must be completed with a 2.0/S or higher