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New Transfer Student Academic Advisement

4. UAlbany Degree Requirements

Departmental Advice to Transfer Students

Biology Major

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences
University at Albany

*PLANNING.  Regardless of where you are in your academic career when you enter the University, the key to completing all degree requirements and graduating in a timely manner is planning.   This is crucial for Transfer Students, as it may take longer than you had anticipated. 

*The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a 66 credit, combined major/minor program; no minor is required.  

*The Bachelor of Arts in Biology is a 36 credit major that requires a separate minor.  For a list of minors and their requirements, click here.

Sequenced Curriculum

Prerequisites.  Almost all Biology curriculum classes have prerequisites. Students are de-registered from classes for which they do not have the prerequisites.

Upper level Biology Biochemistry (Bio 365)
Bio 365 Genetics (Bio 212) and Organic Chemistry (Chm 220/222)
Bio 212 General Bio (Bio 110 and 111)
Chm 220/221 General Chemistry (Chm 120/124 and 121/125)

Timing is important – not all classes are offered every semester.  For example:

                  Fall                                                Spring
                  Bio 110                                         Bio 111Z
                  Chm 220/222                               Chm 221/223
                  Phy 105/106                                 Phy 108/109

The MAPs  (Major Academic Pathways) display the order in which the Biology-BS and Biology-BA would be completed in four years. 


  1. Schedule of Classes
  2. Course Descriptions   
  3. Core Prerequisite Table


1.      You are advised to complete and submit your Educational Plan as soon as possible, to maximize access to available seats.  The plan does not have to be perfect or  be the final plan.

2.     Your Educational Plan will be reviewed by a member of the Biology faculty who will contact you by your UA email address with comments or questions.  Please use ONLY your UA Email address to communicate to the Department

When your proposal is approved, you will receive an email from BioTrans and this message will include your AVNumber. You can expect to receive this by email within two weeks after receipt of your proposal.

3.      Orientation activities in the Biology department do not include course registration. 


  • Contact Advisement Services Center 518 442-3960 or ITS Help Desk (518 442-3700).


Whether you are pursuing a BA or BS, your course work is challenging and we encourage regular meetings with your academic advisor to discuss your program of study.   Check MYUAlbany to find your biology advisor’s name – you can expect this information to appear within four weeks after you register for classes online.




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