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B.S. 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.

39 credit hours required. Plus 27-28 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

Concentration Courses (Credits 16-17)
Student taking only one of the 1-credit labs for BIOL 300 and 311 will need a minimum of 17 credits of electives. Students taking both labs will need a minimum of 16 credits of electives.

Please note that concentrations are primarily used as a tool to better advise students within the various subdisciplines of Biology. Students are not required to take the courses listed under each concentration.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Concentration
Recommended for everyone taking this concentration:
BIOL 319 Evolutionary Biology

Recommended at least 12 hours from the following concentration specific electives:*
BIOL 305 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
BIOL 310 Marine Biology
BIOL 312 Insect Ecology
BIOL 320 Microbiology
BIOL 330 Natural History of Lower Vertebrates
BIOL 331 Natural History of Higher Vertebrates
BIOL 334 Biology of Woody Plants (3 credits)
BIOL 350 Biotic Communities of South Florida (3 credits)
BIOL 351 Biology of Northern Ecosystems (3 credits)
BIOL 355 Invertebrate Biology
BIOL 375 Behavioral Evolution
BIOL 400 Field Ecology
BIOL 402 Conservation Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 405 The Origin of Species (3 credits)
BIOL 409 Fresh Water Ecology
*Or additional upper division biology courses to reach at least 39 hours in major.

Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration
Recommended for everyone taking this concentration:
BIOL 320 Microbiology
BIOL 407 Cell Physiology

Recommended at least 8 hours from the following concentration specific electives:*
BIOL 321 Cell Structure (3 credits)
BIOL 410 Human Physiology
BIOL 413 Neurophysiology
BIOL 415 Virology (3 credits)
BIOL 420 Medical Microbiology (3 credits)
BIOL 425 Techniques in Molecular Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 426 Immunobiology (3 credits)
BIOL 431 Developmental Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 455 Molecular Genetics (3 credits)
*Or additional upper division biology courses to reach at least 39 hours in major.

Anatomy and Physiology Concentration
Recommended for everyone taking this concentration:
BIOL 305 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
or
BIOL 403 & 404 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 (8 credits)

Recommended at least 12 hours from the following concentration specific electives:*
BIOL 320 Microbiology
BIOL 325 Morphology of Lower Plants and Algae
BIOL 326 Morphology of Higher Land Plant (3 credits)
BIOL 407 Cell Physiology
BIOL 410 Human Physiology
BIOL 413 Neurophysiology
BIOL 431 Developmental Biology (3 credits)
*Or additional upper division biology courses to reach at least 39 hours in major.

Pre-med and Pre-health Sciences Concentration
Recommended for everyone taking this concentration:
BIOL 320 Microbiology
BIOL 403 & 404 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 (8 credits)

Recommended at least 8 hours from the following concentration specific electives:*
BIOL 407 Cell Physiology
BIOL 410 Human Physiology
BIOL 413 Neurophysiology
BIOL 415 Virology (3 credits)
BIOL 420 Medical Microbiology (3 credits)
BIOL 426 Immunobiology (3 credits)
BIOL 431 Developmental Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 445 Human Genetic Diseases (3 credits)
*Or additional upper division biology courses to reach at least 39 hours in major.

Marine Biology Concentration
The Marine Biology Concentration is completed by taking summer courses through an affiliation with the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Marine Science. Potsdam students travel to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Students pay in-state tuition and benefit from a reduced cost for room and board. Biology students who do not elect the concentration may also take any course offered at GCRL at a reduced rate and with preferred levels of acceptance. Courses include Marine Science I - Marine Biology (prerequisite for most other courses), Shark Biology, Marine Mammals, Marine Ecology, and Marine Invertebrate Zoology. Courses such as Coastal Ecology for Teachers may be of interest to students who are not biology majors.

For more information, please contact Dr. Walter Conley or visit the GCRL website.

Cognate Requirements1 (Credits 27-28)
MATH 151 Calculus I2
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I3

Plus one of the following:
STAT 100 Statistics (3 credits)
MATH 125 Probability and Statistics I (3 credits)
CIS 125 Statistics (3 credits)
MATH 152 Calculus II

Plus physics sequence of:
PHYS 101 & 202 College Physics I and II4 (8 credits)
or
PHYS 103 & 104 University Physics I and II5 (8 credits)

Notes

  1. All cognate courses must be completed with a 2.0/S or higher.
  2. Completion of both MATH 141 & 142 may be substituted for MATH 151.
  3. CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II is highly recommended for most biology majors; CHEM 342 and CHEM 425 Biochemistry I are highly recommended for the pre-med and pre-health sciences concentration.
  4. College Physics is preferred to University Physics for most majors. Please consult with your adviser.
  5. MATH 151 and 152 (Calculus I and Calculus II) are corequisites for the University Physics sequence.