BS in Biological Sciences

The Bachelor of Science program provides the opportunity for in-depth study within particular sub-disciplines of the biological sciences.

The Bachelor of Science program provides the opportunity for in-depth study within particular sub-disciplines of the biological sciences. Students may select a broad-based degree or may choose to concentrate in cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, neurobiology or pre-health studies.

Program Summary

The BS degree programs are designed for students who desire in-depth training across the spectrum of biological disciplines.

Students may either follow a general BS curriculum or choose to concentrate their degree by emphasizing course and lab work in:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pre-Health Studies

Students qualify for the Bachelor of Sciences degree by successfully completing 44 credits of biology-required coursework plus 38 credits of chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Application to the Major

All freshmen with interest in BIO are accepted into the major if they select Biological Sciences (BIO) on their UB application.

Students transferring to UB are admitted directly to the major if they have a combined GPA of 2.0 in any completed biology courses that articulate to BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 303, and BIO 305, and a combined GPA of 2.0 in any completed other science/math courses that articulate to MTH 121 or MTH 141, MTH 122 or MTH 142, CHE 101, CHE 102, CHE 201, and CHE 202.

Students transferring to the major from another degree program must apply to the major and are admitted if they have a combined GPA of at least 2.0 in BIO courses already taken (of BIO 200, BIO 201, BIO 303, BIO 305) and a combined GPA of at least 2.0 in all required MTH/CHE courses already taken (of MTH 121 or MTH 141, MTH 122 or MTH 142, CHE 101, CHE 102, CHE 201, CHE 202).

To apply to the Bio Major, submit the “Application for a Major Program” form located on the Forms page to the Bio Department, 109 Cooke Hall. 

A minimum combined GPA of 2.0 for required BIO courses and a minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in required CHE and MTH courses are required for retention in the major. At the end of every semester a review of all BIO coursework is completed, and any student not meeting either GPA minimum for four consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in required chemistry, physics and mathematics courses is required for degree conferral.

SEE UB CATALOG: Possible timetable for completion of the BS degree in Biological Sciences for students entering Fall 2018 and after.