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Bachelor of Arts


Program of Study

The BA in Biology program provides fundamental training in the core concepts of molecular and cellular biology, anatomy, physiology and genetics.

Required Biology Courses (12 credits)

  • General Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics,
  • General Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology
  • Introduction to Biological Investigations I and 
  • Introductory Genetics

Required Chemistry Courses (8 credits)

  • General Chemistry I or Advanced General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II or Advanced General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I and II

Biology Major Electives (16 credits)

  • Two courses which are partially or exclusively laboratory courses
  • 12 credits at the 300 level or above
  • Supervised Research for Juniors and Supervised Research for Seniors may contribute up to a total of 4 credits of non-laboratory major elective credit

Non-Science/Math Minor (18-24 credits)


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Rolando Valentin at 518-442-3301 or


Career Outcomes

By combining a scientific and liberal arts background, the Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences can lead to positions such as:

  • Biological Technician or Research Assistant
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Occupational Health or Safety Specialist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Agriculture or Food Science Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Science Writer/Journalist

The BA in Biological Sciences can also serve as a stepping stone to continued education in a graduate or professional school where your biology background could provide a critical component in a career in government, business, or law.



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"The BA in Biology is a great degree for students who enjoy biology and also have interests in other fields. This gives them the best of both worlds."

- Rolando Valentin, Undergraduate Advisement Coordinator

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Acquire a breadth of knowledge in the biological sciences.
  • Develop skills in analytical thinking through problem based assignments and exams and laboratory exercises.
  • Develop skills in the use of current methodology and investigation through laboratory courses.
  • Understand the scientific research infrastructure of the United States.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
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