Bachelor of Science in Biology

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalog. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

Required Courses of all B.S. Biology Programs

  1. MAJOR: 47 CREDITS

    • BCH313/L General Biochemistry (3/1)
    • BIO109/L General Biology I (3/1) — CT
    • BIO110L General Biology II (3/1) — CT
    • BIO302/L General Ecology (3/1)
    • BIO303/L Plant Biology (4/0)
    • BIO308/L Genetics (3/1)
    • BIO436/L Evolutionary Biology (4/0)
    • CHE110/L Chemistry I (4/0)
    • CHE111/L Chemistry II (4/0)
    • CHE301/L Organic Chemistry I (3/1)
    • CHE302/L Organic Chemistry II (3/1)
    • NSC231 Natural Science: Scientific Language and Literacy (3)
  2. CORE: 6 CREDITS

    • CMP101 English Composition (3) ) — CS; ILIT; WI
    • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)

Additional Requirements for BS, Biology – Standard Curriculum

  1. MAJOR: 36 CREDITS

    • NSC331 Natural Science Literature Survey (2) — ILIT; WI. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH NSC443=RP
    • NSC443 Natural Science Research Seminar (2) — ILIT; WI. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH NSC331=RP
    • SELECT ONE SEQUENCE (8 CREDITS):

      • PHY201/L-202/L Physics I-II (3/1-3/1)
      • PHY151/L-152/L General Physics I-II (4.0-4/0)
    • SCIENCE ELECTIVES:

      24 credits to be selected from recommended Science courses. 16 of the 24 credits MUST BE TAKEN in Biology.

  2. CORE: 39 CREDITS

  • MTH144 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I (3)  — CT; QL
  • Core Electives: 36 Credits

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 128 CREDITS

Additional Requirements for BS, Biology with Environmental Science Specialization

  1. MAJOR AND SPECIALIZATION: 38 CREDITS:

    • MAJOR: 25 CREDITS:

      • NSC331 Natural Science Literature Survey (2) — ILIT; WI.NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH NSC443=RP
      • NSC443 Natural Science Research Seminar (2) — ILIT; WI.NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH NSC331=RP
      • PHY201/L Physics I or PHY151/L General Physics (4)
      • PHY202/L Physics I or PHY152/L General Physics (4)
      • Science Electives: 13 credits to be selected from any 300-400 level BIO, CHEM, ENS, or NSC course (excluding courses for non-science majors) from recommended Science courses.
    • SPECIALIZATION: 13 CREDITS:

      • ENS304/L Environmental Chemistry (3/1)
      • BiO304 Conservation Biology (3)
      • Select two:
        • ENS205 Planet Earth I: Physical Features (3)
        • ENS/NSC303 Environmental Toxicology (3) CT
        • ENS/SUST310 Global Water Issues (3)
        • SUST3XX courses (3)
        • Study Abroad ENS courses
        • NSC Research Problems 4XX (3)
        • NOTE:
          • Maximum 6 credits in SUST courses not cross-listed with BIO
          • International environmental courses should be at 300 level.
    • CORE: 39 CREDITS:

      • MTH134 Pre-Calculas (3) CT;QL
      • Core Electives: 36 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 130 CREDITS

Additional Requirements for BS, Adolescence Education: Biology

All Adolescence Education: Biology majors must be admitted into the Education Department through the Upper Division application process. No student may pursue this major without meeting the Education Department’s requirements. Please see specific admission requirements listed in the Natural Sciences section of the Catalog.

  1. MAJOR: 21 CREDITS

    • NSC306 Teaching Science in the Middle and High School (3)
    • SELECT ONE SEQUENCE (8 CREDITS):

      • PHY201/L-202/L Physics I-II (3/1-3/1)
      • PHY151/L-152/L General Physics I-II (4.0-4/0)
    • SCIENCE ELECTIVES:

      10 credits to be selected from recommended Science courses.

  2. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE OF THE NATURAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT: 37 CREDITS

    • NOTE: A student who has earned a B- or less in EDU237/L in his/her first two attempts will be dismissed from the teacher certification program.
    • EDU203 Learning Theory (3)
    • EDU237/L Instructional Design: Theory & Practice (3/1)
    • EDU313 Foundations of Education (3)
    • EDU314 Promoting English Language Arts Across the Content Areas (3)
    • EDU327 Teaching to the Standards (3) – ILIT
    • EDU336 Language/Literacy Development for the Adolescent Learner (3)
    • EDU402 Methods in Classroom Management in Secondary Education (3)
    • EDU479-480 St Teaching & Seminar at the Early Secondary/Secondary Level (6/6)
    • SED270 Introduction to the Nature & Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • CORE: 39 CREDITS

    • MTH144 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I (3)  — CT; QL
    • PSY214 Psychology of Adolescence (3) — CT; UD; WI
    • SOC243 Child Welfare Policy & Services (3)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE:This teacher certification program requires successful completion of 6 credits in one foreign language.  A student may not waive this requirement via demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language.
    • CORE ELECTIVES: 24 CREDITS

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 150 CREDITS

Requirements for Biology, Biochemistry, Natural Sciences Programs: Admission, Admission to Upper Division, Graduation – consult the Natural Sciences department section of the catalog or the Program Plans option on the Registrar’s web page.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequences for: BS, Biology-standard curriculum, Biology with ENS specialization; Adolescence Education: Biology, from the Natural Sciences Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.