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Biology bachelor of science degree

Andre Hudson, School Head
585-475-4259, aohsbi@rit.edu

Rosanne Klingler, Academic Adviser
585-475-4765, rkssbi@rit.edu

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, namely biomedical research, scientific management, science journalism, ecology and environmental science, agriculture, 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 4
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
BIOL-122 Introduction to Biology II 4
CHMG-142 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Applied Calculus 4
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
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: 3
   STAT-145    LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics  
   STAT-155    LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Biostatistics  
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  
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
Third Year
PHYS-111 College Physics I 4
PHYS-112 College Physics II 4
Choose one of the following: 4
   BIOL-322    Developmental Biology  
   BIOL-313    Comparative Animal Physiology  
  Program Electives 15
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
BIOL-500 Experiential Education Requirement in the Life Sciences 0
  Program Electives 20
  Open Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see 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 different Wellness courses.

Biology electives
Course
BIOL-204 Introduction to Microbiology
BIOL-205 Animal Behavior
BIOL-207 Galapagos: Ecology and Evolution
BIOL-211 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL-212 Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL-218 Biology of Plants
BIOL-230 Bioinformatics Languages
BIOL-290 Vertebrate Evolution
BIOL-293 Evolution and Creationism
BIOL-296 Ethical Issues in Biology and Medicine
BIOL-303 Cell Physiology
BIOL-305 Plants, Medicine, and Technology
BIOL-306 Food Microbiology
BIOL-307 Microbiology of Wastewater
BIOL-308 Biology of Cancers
BIOL-309 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL-310 Bioenergy: Microbial Production
BIOL-312 Human Genetics
BIOL-314 Tissue Culture
BIOL-321 Genetics
BIOL-325 Bioinformatic Analysis of Macromolecules
BIOL-330 Bioinformatics
BIOL-335 Phage Biology
BIOL-340 Genomics
BIOL-341 Synthetic Biology
BIOL-343 Tropical Ecology
BIOL-345 Molecular Ecology
BIOL-350 Computational Genomics
BIOL-365 Introduction to Population Genetics
BIOL-370 Environmental Biology
BIOL-371 Freshwater Ecology
BIOL-375 Advanced Immunology
BIOL-377 Directed Research in Developmental Biology
BIOL-380 Bioremediation
BIOL-385 Seneca Park Zoo Internship
BIOL-401 Biological Separations: Principles and Practices
BIOL-403 Fundamentals of Plant Biochemistry and Pathology
BIOL-414 Animal Nutrition
BIOL-415 Virology
BIOL-416 Plant Biotechnology
BIOL-418 Plant Molecular Biology
BIOL-420 Microbe-Host Interaction
BIOL-425 Ethics in Bioinformatics
BIOL-427 Microbial and Viral Genetics
BIOL-428 Eukaryotic Gene Regulation and Disease
BIOL-430 Bioinformatics Algorithms
BIOL-440 Advanced Applied Genomics
BIOL-443 Tropical Ecology
BIOL-444 Ornithology
BIOL-450 Genetic Engineering
BIOL-455 Biogeography
BIOL-473 Marine Biology
BIOL-475 Conservation Biology
BIOL-494 Molecular Modeling and Proteomics
BIOL-495 Advanced Biology Research
BIOL-498 Advanced Biology Independent Study
BIOL-570 Research Scholars I
BIOL-571 Research Scholars II
BIOL-572 Research Scholars III
BIOL-599 Research Based Writing (WI)
BIOL-601 Genetic Diseases and Disorders
BIOL-635 Bioinformatics Seminar
BIOL-694 Molecular Modeling and Proteomics
BIOL-700 Cell Molecular Genetics
CHMA-222 Chemical Separations
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I
CHMB-450 Biochemistry of Infectious Diseases
ENVS-205 Biology of Bird Banding
ENVS-245 Medical Genetics
ENVS-250 Applications of GIS
ENVS-301 Environmental Science Field Skills
ENVS-311 Wetlands
MEDS-250 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
MEDS-251 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
MEDS-270 Human Immunology
MEDS-310 Introduction to Pharmacology
MEDS-313 Introduction to Infectious Disease
MEDS-315 Medical Pathophysiology
MEDS-420 Human Histology
MEDS-421 Parasitology
MEDS-422 Endocrinology
MEDS-490 Human Gross Anatomy

Admission requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Biology and chemistry required

SAT (EBRW+M)
1240 -1420

ACT Composite
27-33

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

AS degree in biology or liberal arts with biology option




Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted 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)

Course Qtr. 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

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
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.