Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biological Sciences - About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria - B.A. and B.S.

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in BIO 200-BIO 201, CHE 101-CHE 102, and MTH 121-MTH 122 (or their equivalent).

Acceptance Criteria - Minor

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in BIO 200 and BIO 201 for the minor in biology, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in BIO 201 for the biotechnology minor.

Acceptance Criteria - B.A./M.S.

Initial Acceptance to B.A. Program:
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in BIO 200, BIO 201, CHE 101- CHE 102, and MTH 121-MTH 122 (or their equivalent).

Subsequent Upgraded Application to B.A./M.S. Program:
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in science courses, minimum GPA of 3.0 in general education courses, and three letters of recommendation.

Acceptance Information

The department encourages students to apply in February of their sophomore year.

Deadlines: Rolling
Number of applicants/year: 200
Number of accepted majors/year: 180
Total number of majors currently enrolled: 450

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

Suggested Introductory Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 300 - 400
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 100- 300
Upper level/advanced courses is: 10 - 100

In the Department of Biological Sciences, what do teaching assistants (TA's) do?

TA's are employed as teachers for undergraduate instructional laboratories, and they assist in recitation instruction and course grading.

About Our Faculty

Eleven faculty have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and another is a Distinguished Teaching Professor. The Department of Biological Sciences encourages active involvement in faculty research projects.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience
A wide range of opportunities are available for students majoring in the biological sciences to gain experience outside of the context of the traditional lecture and laboratory course work that is offered by the department. Among the nationally recognized faculty in the department, many lead externally funded laboratories where students find research positions and thus gain valuable experience under the guidance of their faculty mentors. Students engaged in research may earn credit by enrolling in BIO 498 Undergraduate Research, or in some cases students may be remunerated for their research work if their mentors have grant funds for that purpose.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
Students enrolled in the BA or the BS program may participate in the departmental honors program during their senior year. Acceptance into the program may be achieved through invitation by the department, nomination by a sponsoring faculty member, or self-nomination by the student. Nomination forms for the honors program are available in the departmental office, 109 Cooke Hall, North Campus. Honors students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.6 in all biological science and basic science (chemistry, physics, math) coursework. Requirements for honors also include 6 credits of Honors Research (BIO 497) supervised by a member of the faculty. 2 credits of BIO 487 Honors Research Methods and participation in the honors symposium held at the end of the senior year. Up to 4 credits of BIO 497 can be applied to the lab requirement for the baccalaureate degree (fulfilling two of the required labs) and up to two credits of honors research may be used as elective credit to fulfill requirements for the degree program. Honors are noted on transcripts as highest distinction (GPA of 3.75 - 4.0), high distinction (3.5 - 3.74), or distinction (3.2 - 3.49).

The department presents five scholarships to matriculated majors: the Knobloch Endowment Scholarship, the McCroskey Endowment Scholarship, Darryl Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Award criteria include both academic achievement and financial need.

Extracurricular Activities

Undergraduate Biology Association
This organization is an active group open to all students. It sponsors special speakers on research, graduate school, and other selected topics. It also sponsors social activities.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Biological Sciences

Minors that Complement Biological Sciences

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39