2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biological Sciences BS - Program Requirements

Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300
716-645-2525
716-645-2975
www.biology.buffalo.edu
Stephen Free
Chair
Denise M. Ferkey
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Completing the Biological Sciences BS Program

Academic Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in required chemistry, physics and mathematics courses is needed for degree conferral.

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses from other institutions that have been previously evaluated in comparison to UB courses are listed on UB's course articulation TAURUS website. For courses not listed, students must obtain approval through a petitioning process overseen by the department. Petition forms are available 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.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

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

BIO electives or preapproved elective courses from other departments (see list at http://www.biology.buffalo.edu) to reach 44 credit hours minimum for the BS degree.
A minimum of 3 (three) credits must be at the 400 level.

NOTE: Although the UB Curriculum course BIO 387 Communicating in Biological Sciences can not be used as elective credit towards the BA, it can be used as elective credit for the BS.

Up to 3 credits of any 490 level BIO course (495, 498, 499) can count toward the BS. Credits in excess of the 3 allowed for the BIO degree will be counted in the general university elective pool.

Departmental Honors Requirements

Students with a GPA ≥ 3.6 may apply to the departmental honors program during Fall of the junior year. Accepted students take a spring course during the junior year (BIO 487) solely for honors students. The senior year is devoted to lab research where the student 1) is accepted by a research advisor and 2) doing biologically relevant research at the honors level. Six credits of research (BIO 497) are completed during the senior year, resulting in a project and presented at our departmental symposium. BIO 497 credits count for two of the required labs for BA/BS degrees and all the BIO 487/497 credits will be counted toward the total required for the major. Students must maintain a 3.6 or greater GPA through graduation to graduate with honors. Honors students with a GPA of 3.6-3.79 will graduate with Honors. Students with GPAs of 3.8 and above will graduate with High Honors. Successful participation in the honors program and distinction level will be reflected on student diplomas.

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major  82
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum   32
Additional Credits Required for Electives   6
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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

Curricular Plan / Degree Map

View the Curricular Plan for the Biological Sciences BS (PDF) which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Published: November 17, 2017 09:57:56 AM