Biological Sciences : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, BS, Minor
Combined: BA/MS, BS/DDS
Graduate: MA, MS, PhD

Advisement

Each accepted student is 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.

Acceptance Information

Except for the BS degree program in bioinformatics and computational biology, the department accepts students as majors after they have successfully completed both of the following two groups of courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each group:
1) A two-semester course in general chemistry (CHE 101-CHE 102, or equivalent) plus a two-semester course in college calculus (MTH 121-MTH 122, MTH 141-MTH 142, or equivalent)
2) Two college-level biology courses (BIO 200, BIO 201, 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 DARS report, is to be submitted directly to the Department of Biological Sciences.

For the BA/MS combined degree program, undergraduate biology majors (BA or BS) apply at the end of their sophomore year or the beginning of their junior year. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in both science and general education courses and three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty are needed. The combined degree is awarded at the completion of the fifth year of the program. Separate BA and MS degrees are not awarded.

Transfer Policy

Students transferring to UB from other institutions may use course credits achieved elsewhere to meet requirements for baccalaureate degrees offered by the department. Courses from other institutions that have been previously evaluated in comparison to UB courses are listed on UB's course articulation web site, http://www.taurus.buffalo.edu. To fulfill requirements with courses that were completed at other institutions but are not listed on the TAURUS web site, students must obtain approval through a petitioning process overseen by the department's director of undergraduate studies. Petition forms are available in the Department of Biological Sciences office, located in 109 Cooke Hall (North Campus). In addition to filling out a petition, the student will be asked to provide supporting documents for transfer courses, such as a catalog description and/or syllabus of the course(s) to be transferred to UB.

Transfer students are reminded that at least 16 credit hours of upper-division coursework must be completed within the department with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Biological Sciences - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in BIO 200 and BIO 201, and minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in CHE 101, CHE 102, MTH 121 (or MTH 141) and MTH 122 (or MTH 142).

Advising Notes

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses and minimum GPA of 2.0 in required chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses for degree conferral.

Students may choose to concentrate their study in one of the following four programs: (1) cell and molecular biology, (2) ecology and evolutionary biology, (3) pre-health studies or (4) neurobiology. Details of these programs are available at http://www.biology.buffalo.edu.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

BIO 203 General Physiology
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
BIO 319 Genetics
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I/Lab or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102/PHY 152 College Physics II/Lab or PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab
Four BIO lab courses: choices include BIO 213 General Physiology Laboratory, BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory, BIO 310 Ecology Methods, BIO 329 Genetics Laboratory, BIO 332 Adv. Molecular Biology Laboratory, BIO 370 Developmental Biology Laboratory, BIO 400 Bioinformatics, BIO 458 Molecular Ecology, 2 cr of BIO 497 Honors Research or BIO 498 Undergraduate Research
BIO electives or preapproved elective courses from other departments (see list at http://biologicalsciences.buffalo.edu) to reach 44 credit hours minimum for the BS degree (at least 3 credit hours of BIO electives must be at the 400-level). No more than 3 credits of any combination of BIO 495, 497, 498, or 499 may count towards the BS degree.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major - 82

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall BIO 200, CHE 101; MTH 121 or MTH 141
Spring BIO 201, CHE 102; MTH 122 or MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall BIO 203, BIO lab course, CHE 201
Spring BIO 205, BIO lab course, CHE 202

THIRD YEAR
Fall BIO 319, BIO lab course, one elective
Spring one BIO lab course, two electives

FOURTH YEAR
Fall PHY 101/PHY 151 or PHY 107
Spring PHY 102/PHY 152 or PHY 108/PHY 158
Fall or Spring Remaining electives

Biological Sciences - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in BIO 200 and BIO 201, and minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in CHE 101, CHE 102, MTH 121 (or MTH 141) and MTH 122 (or MTH 142).

Advising Note

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses and minimum GPA of 2.0 in required chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses for degree conferral.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

BIO 203 General Physiology
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
BIO 319 Genetics
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I/Lab or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102/PHY 152 College Physics II/Lab or PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab
Three BIO lab courses: choices include BIO 213 General Physiology Laboratory, BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory, BIO 310 Ecology Methods, BIO 329 Genetics Laboratory, BIO 332 Adv. Molecular Biology Laboratory, BIO 370 Developmental Biology Laboratory, BIO 400 Bioinformatics, BIO 458 Molecular Ecology, 2 cr of BIO 497 Honors Research or BIO 498 Undergraduate Research
BIO electives or preapproved elective courses from other departments (see list at http://www.biology.buffalo.edu) to reach 33 credit hours minimum for the BA degree. No more than 3 credits of any combination of BIO 495, 497, 498, or 499 may count towards the BS degree.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major - 71

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall BIO 200, CHE 101; MTH 121 or MTH 141
Spring BIO 201, CHE 102; MTH 122 or MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall BIO 203, electives(s) or lab(s), CHE 201
Spring BIO 205; elective(s) or lab(s); CHE 202

THIRD YEAR
Fall BIO 319; BIO elective(s) or lab(s)
Spring elective(s) or lab(s)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall PHY 101/PHY 151 or PHY 107; elective(s)
Spring PHY 102/PHY 152 or PHY 108/PHY 158; elective(s)

Biological Sciences - B.A./M.S.

Acceptance Criteria

INITIAL ACCEPTANCE TO BA PROGRAM
Minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in BIO 200 and BIO 201, and minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in CHE 101, CHE 102, MTH 121 (or 141) and MTH 122 (or 142).

SUBSEQUENT UPGRADED APPLICATION TO BA/MS PROGRAM
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in science courses, minimum GPA of 3.0 in general education courses, completion of CHE 201-202, BIO 203, and BIO 205, and three letters of recommendation.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

BIO 203 General Physiology
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 600 Problems in Biology
BIO 608 Graduate Research
BIO 610 Graduate Student Seminar
BIO 614 Departmental Seminar
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I (including PHY 151 lab) or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102/PHY 152 College Physics II/Lab or PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab
Three BIO lab courses: choices include BIO 213 General Physiology Laboratory, BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory, BIO 310 Ecology Methods, BIO 329 Genetics Laboratory, BIO 332 Adv. Molecular Biology Laboratory, BIO 370 Developmental Biology Laboratory, BIO 400 Bioinformatics, BIO 458 Molecular Ecology, 2 cr of BIO 497 Honors Research or BIO 498 Undergraduate Research
18 credit hours of graduate-level electives (should be selected in consultation with faculty advisor)

Summary

Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion - 102

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall BIO 200, CHE 101; MTH 121 or MTH 141
Spring BIO 201, CHE 102; MTH 122 or MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall BIO 203, BIO lab course, CHE 201
Spring BIO 205, BIO lab course, CHE 202

THIRD YEAR
Fall BIO 319, BIO lab course; PHY 101/PHY 151 or PHY 107
Spring electives, BIO lab courses; PHY 102/PHY 152 or PHY 108/PHY 158

FOURTH YEAR
Fall BIO 600, BIO 610, BIO 614, 8 credit hours of graduate-level electives
Spring BIO 600, BIO 610, BIO 614, 8 credit hours of graduate-level electives

FIFTH YEAR
Fall BIO 608, BIO 610, BIO 614, 2 credit hours of graduate-level electives
Spring BIO 608, BIO 610, BIO 614

Biological Sciences - B.S./D.D.S.

Acceptance Criteria

INITIAL ACCEPTANCE TO BS/DDS PROGRAM
Applications for entry into the combined BS/DDS program are to be submitted to the Student Admissions Committee of the School of Dental Medicine. Visit http://www.sdm.buffalo.edu for details.

Advising Notes

Minimum GPA of 3.5 overall and 3.5 in required science courses (biological sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics) at the undergraduate level prior to entering dental curriculum.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

BIO 203 General Physiology
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
BIO 319 Genetics
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I (including PHY 151 lab) or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102/PHY 152 College Physics II/Lab or PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab
Three BIO lab courses: choices include BIO 213 General Physiology Laboratory, BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory, BIO 310 Ecology Methods, BIO 329 Genetics Laboratory, BIO 332 Adv. Molecular Biology Laboratory, BIO 370 Developmental Biology Laboratory, BIO 400 Bioinformatics, BIO 458 Molecular Ecology, 2 cr of BIO 497 Honors Research or BIO 498 Undergraduate Research

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion: 108

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall BIO 200, CHE 101; MTH 121 or MTH 141
Spring BIO 201, CHE 102; MTH 122 or MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall BIO 203, BIO lab course, CHE 201, PHY 101/PHY 151 or PHY 107
Spring BIO 205, BIO lab course, CHE 202, PHY 102/PHY 152 or PHY 108/PHY 158

THIRD YEAR
Fall BIO 319, BIO lab course
Spring elective, BIO lab course

FOURTH YEAR
Courses from the dental school curriculum.

Biological Sciences - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in biology-related courses and minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in required chemistry courses is needed for a successful completion of the minor.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology

Required Courses

BIO 203 General Physiology
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 101 General Chemistry I
CHE 102 General Chemistry II
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I
BIO electives or preapproved elective courses from other departments (see list at http://www.biology.buffalo.edu) at the 300-400 level to reach 22 credit hours of biology-related prerequisite and required coursework (including BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 203, BIO 205, and BIO 215).


Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor...37

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:27 EST