B.S. in Biology

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

39 credit hours required. Plus 27-28 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 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

    Credits
Required Courses

19
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

4
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)
 
   
Concentration Courses 16

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 (4 credits)
 
  BIOL 312   Insect Ecology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 320   Microbiology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 330   Natural History of Lower Vertebrates (4 credits)  
  BIOL 331   Natural History of Higher Vertebrates (4 credits)  
  BIOL 334   Biology of Woody Plants  
  BIOL 350   Biotic Communities of South Florida  
  BIOL 351   Biology of Northern Ecosystems  
  BIOL 355   Invertebrate Biology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 375   Behavioral Evolution (4 credits)  
  BIOL 400   Field Ecology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 402   Conservation Biology  
  BIOL 409   Fresh Water Ecology (4 credits)  
*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 (4 credits)  
  BIOL 407   Cell Physiology (4 credits)  

Recommended at least 8 hours from the following concentration specific electives*
 
  BIOL 321   Cell Structure  
  BIOL 410   Human Physiology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 413   Neurophysiology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 415   Virology  
  BIOL 420   Medical Microbiology  
  BIOL 425   Techniques in Molecular Biology  
  BIOL 426   Immunobiology  
  BIOL 431   Developmental Biology  
  BIOL 455   Molecular Genetics  
*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 (4 credits)
 
  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 (4 credits)  
  BIOL 325   Morphology of Lower Plants and Algae (4 credits)  
  BIOL 326   Morphology of Higher Land Plants  
  BIOL 407   Cell Physiology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 410   Human Physiology (4 credits)
 
  BIOL 413   Neurophysiology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 431   Developmental Biology  
*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 (4 credits)  
  BIOL 410   Human Physiology (4 credits)  
     
Recommended at least 8 hours from the following concentration specific electives:
 
  BIOL 407   Cell Physiology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 413   Neurophysiology (4 credits)  
  BIOL 415   Virology  
  BIOL 420   Medical Microbiology  
  BIOL 426   Immunology  
  BIOL 431   Developmental Biology  
  BIOL 445   Human Genetic Diseases  
*Or additional upper division biology courses to reach at least 39 Human Genetic Diseases 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), Oceanography, 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: www.usm.edu/gcrl/summer_field/index.php.


Cognate Requirements
Credits
27-28
  MATH 151   Calculus I (4 credits)
 
  CHEM 105   General Chemistry (4 credits)
 
  CHEM 106   General Chemistry II (4 credits)
 
  CHEM 341   Organic Chemistry I2(4 credits)
 

Plus one of the following:
 
  STAT 100   Probability and Statistics I
 
  MATH 125   Probability and Statistics I
 
  MATH 152   Calculus II (4 credits)
 
Plus physics sequence of:  
  PHYS 101 & 202   College Physics I and II3 (8 credits)  
  or  
  PHYS 103 and 204   University Physics I and II4 (8 credits)  

Notes

  1. All cognate courses must be completed with a 2.0/S or higher.
  2. 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.
  3. College Physics is preferred to University Physics for most majors.  Please consult with your adviser.
  4. MATH 151 and 152 (Calculus I and Calculus II) are corequisites for the University Physics sequence.