Department of Biology

B.A. or B.S. in Biology

(HEGIS 0401)

Dowling’s School of Arts and Sciences degree programs are constructed upon a well-rounded core curriculum of arts and humanities, natural science, math, and social sciences. These  are building blocks that ensure career versatility in an ever-changing world. The B.A. in Biology degree program is intended for science-related and teaching careers.  Students interested in a Pre-Professional Health Field (such as Dental, Medicine, Physician’s Assistant, and Veterinary) should supplement their BA in Biology with the courses listed below.

Career Outcomes for Biology Majors
Your Dowling Biology degree prepares you to enter a science-related career or post-graduate program leading to becoming a physician, veterinarian, physician’s assistant, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, dentist, or other allied health professional.  The Biology degree will also prepare students for the pursuit of a career in biology teaching, field or laboratory research biologist, pharmaceutical research or sales,or laboratory technician.  Finally, the Biology degree is excellent for students wishing to continue their studies at post-graduate level in biology.

Students seeking certification to teach Biology at the secondary level must consult an education advisor.

B.A. in Biology – General Track

College-Wide Requirements 6 credits
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Core Requirements 33 credits
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Major Requirements 63-64 credits

BIO 1001A Introduction to Biology I 3
BIO 1002A Introduction to Biology II 3
BIO 1003A Introduction to Biology Lab I 1
BIO 1004A Introduction to Biology Lab II 1
BIO 2051A Botany 4
BIO 2071A Ecology 4
BIO 2113A Evolution 3
BIO 3150A Genetics 4
BIO 4170A Cell Biology 4
BIO Electives 12
CHM 1001C General Chemistry I 3
CHM 1002C General Chemistry II 3
CHM 1003C General Chemistry Lab I 1
CHM 1004C General Chemistry Lab II 1
CHM 3025A Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 3026A Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 3027A Organic Chemistry Lab I 2
CHM 3028A Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
MTH 1006A Statistics 3
MTH 1014A Pre-Calculus 3
or
MTH 1021A Calculus 4
or
CSC 1023N Introduction to Computer Science 3

General Elective Requirements – 17-18 credits
Total: 120 credits

Note: Students majoring in Biology are not required to complete a minor.

B.A. in Biology – Pre-Professional Health Track

College-Wide Requirements 6 credits
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Core Requirements 33 credits
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Major Requirements 65 Credits

BIO 1001A Introduction to Biology I 3
BIO 1002A Introduction to Biology II 3
BIO 1003A Introduction to Biology Lab I 1
BIO 1004A Introduction to Biology Lab II 1
BIO 3139A Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 3140A Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CHM 1001C General Chemistry I 3
CHM 1002C General Chemistry II 3
CHM 1003C General Chemistry Lab I 1
CHM 1004C General Chemistry Lab II 1
CHM 3025A Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 3027A Organic Chemistry Lab I 2
MTH 1014A Pre-Calculus 3
BIO/CHM/MTH/PHY Electives* 33

*See below for recommended math and science electives for meeting entry requirements for different pre-professional health programs; a minimum of 14 of these elective credits must be in BIO courses.

General Elective Requirements 16 Credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Note: Students majoring in Biology are not required to complete a minor.

Pre-Professional Health (Dental)

Students interested in entering the dentistry profession can follow many different paths such as private practice, industry or academia. There is always a demand for skilled dentists especially with increased life expectancies and people’s interest in keeping their own teeth in good health. A career in dentistry requires a doctorate and state licensing. The B.A. in Biology plus the recommended Pre-Health (Dental) courses is designed to prepare students for entry into dentistry school. Students will receive all the necessary training to meet the requirements and be competitive for entry into the major dentistry schools on Long Island and elsewhere.

Recommended Electives  33 credits:

BIO/CHM 4101A Biochemistry 3
 BIO 4197N Biology Internship 3
CHM 3026A Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 3028A Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
MTH 1006A Statistics 3
PHY 1001C General Physics I 3
PHY 1003C General Physics Lab I 1
BIO/CHM/MTH/PHY Electives 15*

* A minimum of 8 of these 15 elective credits must be in BIO courses.

Pre-Professional Health (Medical)

Students interested in becoming a medical doctor can follow many different paths such as private practice, industry or health administration. Every person needs medical treatment at some time in their life so there is always a demand for skilled doctors. A career as an MD requires a doctorate and state licensing. The B.A. in Biology plus the recommended Pre-Professional Health (Medical) courses is designed to prepare students for entry into medical school. Students will receive the necessary training to meet the requirements and be competitive for entry into many medical schools throughout the United States and elsewhere.

Recommended Electives  36 credits*:

BIO 2061A Vertebrates 4
 BIO 3081A Microbiology 4
BIO 3150A Genetics 4
BIO/CHM 4101A Biochemistry 3
BIO 4170A Cell Biology 4
CHM 3026A Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 3028A Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
MTH 1021A Calculus I 4
PHY 1001C General Physics I 3
PHY 1002C General Physics II 3
PHY 1003C General Physics Lab I 1
PHY 1004C General Physics Lab II 1

* Note: students should use 7 general elective credits in this sequence for BIO/CHM 4101A (3 credits) and because MTH 1021A is a 4 credit class.

Pre-Professional Health (Physician’s Assistant)

Students interested in becoming a physician’s assistant can follow many different paths within the medical profession. Unlike a medical doctor who has trained to become a specialist, a physician’s assistant is more versatile and can work in different areas of medical specialization over time. Additionally, the work hours of a physician’s assistant are typically shorter and more regular than those of a medical doctor. A career as a physician’s assistant requires completion of a physician’s assistant program and state licensing. The B.A. in Biology plus the recommended Pre-Professional Health (Physician’s Assistant) courses is designed to prepare students for entry into physician’s assistant programs.

Recommended Electives  33 credits:

BIO 3077A Developmental Biology 4
BIO 3081A Microbiology 4
BIO 3150A Genetics 4
 BIO 4197N Biology Internship 3
 BIO 4198N Biology Internship 3
CHM 3026A Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 3028A Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
MTH 1006A Statistics 3
PSY 1001A Introduction to Psychology 3
BIO/CHM/MTH/PHY Electives 4

Pre-Professional Health (Veterinary)

Veterinarians are becoming increasingly in demand as more people want medical care for both their young and aging pets. There is also a demand for more veterinarians in fields related to food and animal safety, disease control, and public health. A career in veterinary medicine requires a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and state licensing. The B.A. in Biology plus the recommended Pre-Health (Veterinary) courses is designed to prepare students for entry into veterinary school. Students will receive all the necessary training to meet the requirements and be competitive for entry into the major veterinary schools on Long Island and elsewhere.

Recommended Electives  33 credits:

BIO 2061A Vertebrates 4
 BIO 3081A Microbiology 4
BIO 3150A Genetics 4
BIO/CHM 4101A Biochemistry 3
BIO 4170A Cell Biology 4
BIO 4197N Biology Internship 3
BIO 4198N Biology Internship 3
MTH 1006A Statistics 3
PHY 1001C General Physics I 3
PHY 1003C General Physics Lab I 1
BIO/CHM/MTH/PHY Elective 1

B.S. in Biology

The B.S. in Biology degree is designed to provide students with an in-depth preparation for advanced study in biology and related disciplines. This degree is also suitable for any student taking one of the three tracks in the BA in Biology who wishes to have a more in-depth undergraduate experience in biology, and can be similarly tailored to the student’s postgraduate goals. The major requires students to complete a minimum of 39 credits of biology (20 of which are elective courses selected based on student need), 16 credits of chemistry, 6 credits of physics, plus an additional 10 credits of mathematics. There are three core Biology courses, Evolution, Cell Biology and Genetics; all other Biology elective courses are chosen in collaboration with an advising Biology faculty member to best meet the postgraduate goals and interests of the student

College-Wide Requirements 6 credits
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Core Requirements 33 credits
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BIO 1001A Introduction to Biology I 3
BIO 1002A Introduction to Biology II 3
BIO 1003A Introduction to Biology Lab I 1
BIO 1004A Introduction to Biology Lab II 1
BIO 2113A Evolution 3
BIO 3150A Genetics 4
BIO 4170A Cell Biology 4
BIO Electives* 20
MTH 1014A Pre-Calculus 3
Choose two of the following MTH courses:
MTH 1006A Statistics 3
MTH 1021A Calculus I 4
MTH 1022A Calculus II 4
CHM 1001C General Chemistry I 3
CHM 1002C General Chemistry II 3
CHM 1003C General Chemistry Lab I 1
CHM 1004C General Chemistry Lab II 1
CHM 3025A Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 3026A Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 3027A Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
CHM 3028A Organic Chemistry Lab II 1
PHY 1001C General Physics I 3
PHY 1002C General Physics II 3
PHY 1003C General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 1004C General Physics II Laboratory 1

* Only three credits of BIO electives may be 1000 level Biology classes.

To find out more about Dowling’s Biology program please contact Dr. Boyko at 631-244-3182 or boykoc@dowling.edu