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.
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Professor and Chair
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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.
A student must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours (the equivalent of one full year of study) at the University at Buffalo in order to earn a degree from the university. The minimum residency requirement for the combined undergraduate and graduate degree is 42 credit hours, of which 18 must be undergraduate and 24 must be graduate.
The following forms of credit may not be used to fulfill the residency requirement: transfer work; proficiency exams; Advanced Placement; military training; study abroad; cross-registration; international baccalaureate credit; and experiential learning.
BIO 303 General Physiology
BIO 305 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
BIO electives or preapproved elective courses from other departments. You can view the list on the Department of Biological Sciences website to reach 33 credit hours minimum for the BA degree.
NOTE: The UB Curriculum course BIO 387 Communicating in Biological Sciences can not be used as elective credit towards the BA.
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/BIO 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.
|Credits Required for Major||71|
|Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum||32|
|Additional Credits Required for Electives||17|
|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.
Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.