The Bachelor of Arts Degree Program is highly flexible and recommended for students with broad academic interests who may wish to combine studies in biology with those in other disciplines. Ideal for students who are considering studying abroad, a double major and/or a minor in distinct disciplines.
Students qualify for the Bachelor of Arts degree by successfully completing at least 33 credits of biology-required coursework within the department plus 38 credits in chemistry, physics and mathematics. The curriculum of the BA program includes required core courses, as well as elective laboratory and lecture courses.
The department accepts students as majors (Application to Major Form) after they have successfully completed both of the following two groups of courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each group.
These criteria apply to all students, regardless of whether they started college at UB or transferred to UB from another institution. The application form, including a current academic advising report, is to be submitted directly to the Department of Biological Sciences. Each accepted student will be assigned a faculty advisor within the department at the time of acceptance. The advisor should be consulted concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.
Bachelor of Arts
Up to 3 credits of BIO 498 Undergraduate Research will count as one of the required lab experiences.
Make choices to reach the 33 credit minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Electives may include lab courses or any of the 300 or 400 level courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. (NOTE: The UB Curriculum course BIO 387 Communicating in Biological Sciences can not be used as elective credit towards the BA, but can be used as elective credit for the BS.)
Up to 3 credits of any 490 level Bio course (495, 498, 499) can count toward the BA. Credits in excess of the 3 allowed for the Bio degree will be counted in the general university elective pool.
Elective courses may include any of the following cognate courses:
Selection of electives should be done in consultation with a departmental faculty advisor.
Possible timetable for completion of the BA degree in Biological Sciences for students entering fall 2016 and after.