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Bachelor of Science


Program of Study

Required Biology Courses (21 credits)

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

Required Chemistry Courses (16 credits)

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

Required Math Courses (7-8 credits)

  • Elementary Statistics and Algebra and Calculus II OR
  • Elementary Statistics and Calculus I OR
  • Algebra and Calculus II and Calculus II OR
  • Calculus I and Calculus II

Required Physics Courses (8 credits)

  • General Physics I or Physics I: Mechanics or Physics I: Advanced Mechanics
  • General Physics Lab I or Physics Lab I
  • General Physics II or Physics II: Electromagnetism or Physics II: Advanced Electromagnetism
  • General Physics Lab II or Physics Lab II

Biology Major Electives (15 credits)

  • Three courses which are partially or exclusively laboratory courses
  • 6 credits at the 300 level or above and 3 credits at the 400 level or above
  • Supervised Research for Juniors and Supervised Research for Seniors may contribute a total of 4 credits towards the major
Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

Interested in earning a graduate degree? Apply to the combined undergraduate/graduate program in your junior year and, if accepted, begin taking graduate-level coursework earlier than you would normally. Because you’re permitted to double-count up to 12 academic credits, you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years. Plus, these 12 credits are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

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Career Outcomes

Employers value biology majors for their ability to think critically in demanding situations as well as for their background in utilizing precise technical skills.  The lab experiences gained throughout the biology program is an invaluable asset for positions like:

  • Physician
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Veterinarian
  • Research Scientist

"The BS in Biology is the gold standard for those students interested in pursuing a technical degree and want to advance to graduate work or schooling for medicine, dental, podiatry, optometry or veterinary sciences"

- Dr. Christine Gervasi, Instructor, Biological Sciences and Member, Pre-health Committee

Student Learning Objectives

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

Bachelor of Science
  • Obtain a general knowledge of the basic principles of biological systems through a series of required courses in Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Evolution.
  • Obtain depth of knowledge in a selected area of biology through upper level courses.
  • 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.

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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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.

Program Statement

Develop a deeper understanding of the living world with the BS in Biological Sciences program at the University at Albany. You will gain the scientific background needed to succeed in a wide variety of careers including the medical, dental, veterinary, optometry and podiatry fields.