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 at Dowling has three tracks: a General Track for science-related and teaching careers, a Pre-Medical Track for medical school preparation, and a Pre-Physician’s Assistant Track for PA school preparation and other related health fields.

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 58 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 2113C Evolution 3
BIO 3150C Genetics 4
BIO 4170C Cell Biology 4
BIO Electives 12
MTH 1006A Statistics 3
MTH 1014A Pre-Calculus 3
or
MTH 1021A Calculus 4
or
CSC 1023N Introduction to Computer Science 3
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

Minor/Electives Requirements – 23 credits
Total: 120 credits

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

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

College-Wide Requirements 6 credits
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Core Requirements 33 credits
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Major Requirements 62 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 2061C Vertebrates 4
BIO 3081C Microbiology 4
BIO 3140C Physiology 4
BIO 3150C Genetics 4
BIO 4170C Cell Biology 4
BIO/CHM 4101C Biochemistry 3
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
MTH 1014A Pre-Calculus 3
MTH 1021A Calculus 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

Electives 19 Credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Note: Students majoring in Biology are not required to complete a minor, but the Medical Ethics minor is recommended for the Pre-Medical track.

B.A. in Biology – Pre-Physician’s Assistant Track

College-Wide Requirements 6 credits
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Core Requirements 33 credits
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Major Requirements 59-60 Credits

Two of the following four courses:

Two of the following four courses:

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 2011A Human Anatomy 4
BIO 3077C Developmental Biology 4
BIO 3139C Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 3140C Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 3150C Genetics 4
 Two of the following four courses: 6-7
    BIO 4197N Internship/Co-op 3
    BIO 4198N Internship/Co-op 3
    BIO 4170C Cell Biology 4
    BIO 4250C Medical Microbiology 4
MTH 1006A Statistics 3
MTH 1014A Pre-Calculus 3
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
PSY 1001A Introduction to Psychology 3

Minor/Electives Requirements 21-22 Credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Note: Students majoring in Biology are not required to complete a minor, but the Medical Ethics minor is recommended for the Pre-PA track.

 

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 2113C Evolution 3
BIO 3150C Genetics 4
BIO 4170C 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.