Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Biological Sciences BA/MS


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Undergraduate Course Requirements


Graduate Course Requirements


Biological Sciences Core (32 credits)


  • BIO 600 - Problems in Biology
  • BIO 610 - Graduate Student Seminar 
  • BIO 614 - Departmental Seminar
  • BIO 680 - Graduate Research 
  • BIO 500/600 level Electives (credits: 18)

Notes


* These two course options are effective spring 2022.

NOTE: The UB Curriculum course BIO 387LEC - Communicating in Biological Sciences  can not be used as elective credit towards the BA/MS.

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 60-62


Additional Degree Requirements Include:


  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • At least 2 undergraduate elective credits.

Total Graduate Credits Required for Degree: 32


Total Credits Required for Graduation: 122


Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements


A minimum GPA of 2.000 following the completion of BIO 200 , BIO 201 , BIO 303  and BIO 305  is required for retention in the Biological Sciences major.

A minimum GPA of 2.000 in biology courses and a minimum GPA of 2.000 in required chemistry, physics and mathematics courses is needed for conferral of the BA degree.

Program Honors


Students with at least a 3.600 GPA may apply to the honors program fall of the third year. Accepted students take BIO 487  spring of the junior year and the senior year is devoted to laboratory research where the student completes six credits of honors-level, biological research BIO 497  in the laboratory of a UB faculty member. The research is presented at the departmental honors symposium at the end of spring semester. BIO 497  credits count for two of the required labs for the major and all the BIO 487 /BIO 497  credits will be counted toward the total required for the major.

Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan


A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 17


Total Credits: 17


Second Year Fall


Total Credits: 16


Second Year Spring


Total Credits: 13


Third Year Fall


Total Credits: 13


Third Year Spring


Total Credits: 10


Fourth Year Fall


  • BIO 500/600 level Elective Credits: 4
  • BIO 600TUT - (ROTATION) Credits: 1
  • BIO 610SEM - Graduate Student Seminar Credits: 1
  • BIO 614SEM - Departmental Seminar Credits: 1
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1

Total Credits: 11


Fourth Year Spring


  • BIO 500/600 level Elective Credits: 4
  • BIO 500/600 level Elective Credits: 3
  • BIO 600TUT - (ROTATION) Credits: 1
  • BIO 610SEM - Graduate Student Seminar Credits: 1
  • BIO 614SEM - Departmental Seminar Credits: 1

Total Credits: 10


Fifth Year Fall


  • BIO 500/600 level Elective Credits: 4
  • BIO 610SEM - Graduate Student Seminar Credits: 1
  • BIO 614SEM - Departmental Seminar Credits: 1
  • BIO 680TUT - (Research) Credits: 2

Total Credits: 8


Fifth Year Spring


  • BIO 500/600 level Elective Credits: 3
  • BIO 610SEM - Graduate Student Seminar Credits: 1
  • BIO 614SEM - Departmental Seminar Credits: 1
  • BIO 680TUT - (Research) Credits: 2

Total Credits: 7


Total Credits Required:122


Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes


Students will develop a broad background in the biological sciences and achieve an understanding and appreciation of basic biological concepts and principles. They will become proficient in five broad areas of biology: evolutionary biology, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. In addition, students will learn research skills including laboratory procedures, experimental design, and data analysis and interpretation.


 

(HEGIS: 04.01 BIOLOGY GENERAL, CIP26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General)

 

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