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2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.S.

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Special Notes for Biology Majors (B.A. and B.S.)

With approval of adviser and Department of Biology chair, no more than four credit hours from the combination of BIOL 475 , BIOL 485 , and biologically-based internships may be used as part of the departmental-semester-hour requirement. This restriction is not intended to discourage students from taking any of these courses, but to ensure adequate diversity and breadth in pursuit of the biology major.

All credits submitted for the minimum departmental credits for the biology major must be 2.0/S or higher. This does not assume a 2.0 average, but a 2.0 in each course.

No student may enroll more than two times in any course offered by the Department of Biology without written permission of the instructor, the Department Chair and the Dean.

Students may elect to take the laboratory component of only one of the two following required courses:BIOL 300 - Ecology  or  BIOL 311 - Genetics .

At least six credit hours of the elective (B.A.) or concentration (B.S.) courses must contain a laboratory (minimum of two courses).

Consult with a departmental adviser for recommended coursework outside the major.

Program Requirements

Required Courses: 17-19 Credits

*Note: Students must take at least one laboratory component with BIOL 300  or BIOL 311 , but may choose to take both.

Physiology Component: 4 Credits

Choose at least one of the following in consultation with adviser

Concentration Requirements: 16-17 Credits

Student taking only one of the 1-credit labs for BIOL 300  and BIOL 311  will need a minimum of 17 credits of electives. Students taking both labs will need a minimum of 16 credits of electives.

Please note that concentrations are primarily used as a tool to better advise students within the various subdisciplines of Biology. Students are not required to take the courses listed under each concentration.






Cognate Requirements: 27-28 Credits

All cognate courses must be completed with a 2.0/S or higher.

Plus One of the Following:

Plus Physics Sequence of:


Total Credit Hours Required: 37 Plus 27-28 Credits of Cognates

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