B.A. in Biology

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

37 credit hours required. Plus 12 credits of cognates.

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.

Consult with a departmental adviser for recommended coursework outside the major.

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

Required Courses

BIOL 151 General Biology I (4 credits)
BIOL 152 General Biology II (4 credits)  
BIOL 300 Ecology (4 credits)  
BIOL 311 Genetics (4 credits)  
BIOL 483 Current Topics in Biology  

Physiology Component

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

Elective Courses
Under advisement, students must choose a minimum of 14 additional credit hours from the department’s elective offerings. 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* 12
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (4 credits)  
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II (4 credits)  
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)  

*All cognate courses must be completed with a 2.0/S or higher.