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Program overview

In the College of Science, biology is something that students do, rather than something they merely learn. Courses present biology as it is done by career biologists, and hands-on laboratory and field experience is emphasized. Scientific knowledge is based on research, and students are encouraged to undertake research projects in the college's laboratories.

The biology major prepares students for rewarding positions in occupations related to the life sciences, including biomedical research, scientific management, science journalism, forensic science, ecology and environmental science, agriculture, genetic counseling, and education.

The major includes all of the course work and support services to prepare students to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, and chiropractic medicine, as well as a wide range of graduate programs in the life sciences.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education is an optional component of the major. More than 65 organizations in private industry, government, and academia employ biology students in full-time paid positions directly related to the students’ academic areas of interest. Co-op positions can be held during the summer and/or during the regular academic year. No tuition is charged for co-op participation. If a student elects to pursue co-op during the regular academic year, they may need to extend the date of graduation beyond the traditional four years.

Curriculum

Biology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-121 Introduction to Biology I and Lab 4
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
BIOL-122 Introduction to Biology II and Lab 4
CHMG-142 General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
CHMO-232 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHMO-236 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics 3
Choose one of the following: 4
   BIOL-240    General Ecology (WI)  
   BIOL-265    Evolutionary Biology (WI)  
Choose one of the following: 3
   BIOL-321    Genetics  
   BIOL-365    Introduction to Population Genetics  
Third Year
PHYS-111 College Physics I and Lab 4
PHYS-112 College Physics II and Lab 4
  Program Electives 15
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Choose one of the following: 4
   BIOL-322    Developmental Biology  
   BIOL-313    Comp Animal Physiology  
Fourth Year
  Program Electives 20
  Open Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

In the College of Science, biology is something that students do, rather than something they merely learn. The courses present biology as it is done by career biologists, and they emphasize hands-on laboratory and field experience. Scientific knowledge is based on research, and we encourage students to undertake research projects in the laboratories of our faculty.

The biology program prepares students for rewarding positions in occupations related to the life sciences, including biomedical research, scientific management, science journalism, forensic science, ecology and environmental science, agriculture, genetic counseling, and education.

The program includes all of the course work and support services to prepare students for entrance into schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, and chiropractic medicine. Graduates are well-prepared to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in a wide variety of fields in the life sciences.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education is an optional component of the program. More than 65 organizations in private industry, government, and academia employ our students in full-time paid positions directly related to the students’ academic areas of interest. Co-op positions can be held during the summer and/or during the regular academic year. No tuition is charged for co-op participation. If a student elects to pursue co-op during the regular academic year, they may need to extend the date of graduation beyond the traditional four years.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Biology, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1001-200 Freshman Symposium 1
1001-251, 252, 253 Introduction to Biology I, II, III 12
1011-215, 216, 217 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II, III 10
1011-205, 206 Chemical Principles Lab I, II 2
1011-227 General and Analytical Chemistry Lab 1
1016-214, 215 Elementary Calculus I, II 6
  Liberal Arts* 12
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
1001-311 Cell Biology 4
1001-350 Molecular Biology 4
1001-365 Evolutionary Biology 4
1013-231, 232, 233 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-235, 236, 237 Organic Chemistry Lab I, II, III 3
1016-319 Data Analysis I 4
  Biology Elective‡ 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Third/Fourth Years§
1001-340 General Ecology 4
1001-413 Comparative Physiology 4
1001-421 Genetics 4
1001-422 Developmental Biology 4
1017-211, 212, 213 College Physics I, II, III 12
  Biology Electives‡ 20
  Liberal Arts* 12
  General Education Courses 7
  University-wide Electives 23
1001-499 Cooperative Education§ Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 180

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Biology electives: minimum of 12 quarter credits must be 400-level or above.

§ Students who elect to participate in the optional cooperative education program may be scheduling courses in a fifth year, but will use the same number of academic quarters to complete the degree.

Biology, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-121 Introduction to Biology I and Lab 4
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
BIOL-122 Introduction to Biology II and Lab 4
CHMG-142 General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
CHMO-232 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHMO-236 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Choose one of the following: 4
   BIOL-240    General Ecology (WI)  
   BIOL-265    Evolutionary Biology (WI)  
Choose one of the following: 3
   STAT-145    Introduction to Statistics  
   STAT-155    LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Biostatistics  
Choose one of the following: 3
   BIOL-321    Genetics  
   BIOL-365    Introduction to Population Genetics  
Third Year
PHYS-111 College Physics I and Lab 4
PHYS-112 College Physics II and Lab 4
  Program Electives 15
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Choose one of the following: 4
   BIOL-322    Developmental Biology  
   BIOL-313    Comp Animal Physiology  
Fourth Year
  Program Electives 18
  Open Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.