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Biological Sciences BA/MS - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 04.01 BIOLOGY GENERAL, CIP: 26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General)

Department of Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300

Paul Gollnick,
Professor and Chair

Lara Hutson,
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Becoming a Biological Sciences BA/MS Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), SAT or ACT scores and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2018 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 25-30 and an average SAT score of 1190-1350. The average GPA ranged from 91-96.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All freshmen with interest in BIO are coded as Approved majors for the BA portion of the degree if they select Biological Sciences (BIO) on their application. Students do not apply to the BA/MS program until their fifth undergraduate semester.

Transfer Admission to the Program

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.

Students transferring to UB and/or the major from another degree program apply to major (the BA program). The request will be reviewed for meeting the 2.0 minimum in required BIO and MTH/CHE courses already taken (of MTH 121-MTH 122 or MTH 141-MTH 142, CHE 101-CHE 102, CHE 201-CHE 202; BIO 200-BIO 201-BIO 303-BIO 305).

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Students already in the BA or BS program may apply in their junior year to be upgraded to the BA/MS program if they have:

Suggested Introductory Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I

Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:52