Bachelor of Science in Biology

General Education Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the General Education Curriculum. A complete description of the gen ed and its requirements are available in the General Education Curriculum section of the Daemen catalog. Courses that satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

BS, Biology- Standard Curriculum

1. Major: 89 CREDITS

    • The following courses require C or better:
    • BCH313/L General Biochemistry (3/1)
    • BIO109/L General Biology I (3/1)
    • BIO110/L General Biology II (3/1)
    • 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)
    • NSC331 Natural Science Literature Survey (2)
    • NSC443 Natural Science Research Seminar (2)
    • CMP101 Composition I (3) (This does not require min. grade C)
    • Service Learning (3) (This does not require min. grade C)
    • 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)

2. General Education Curriculum: 36 CREDITS

  • First Year Seminar (3)
  • Learning Communities (6)
  • Depth – Discovery (9)
  • Breadth – Exploration:  
    • Natural Sciences and Mathematics:
      • MTH 144 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I (3)*
      • Choose one course from: Math and Computer Science. (3)
    • Social Sciences: 
      • Choose two courses from: Anthropology, Economics, History, Psychology, Linguistics, Political Science, and Sociology. (6)
    • Humanities: 
      • Choose two courses from: Art, English, Language (French or Spanish), Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Theater. (6)

Note: *Minimum grade C required

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 125 CREDITS

BS, Biology with Environmental Science Specialization

1. Major: 78 CREDITS

    • The following courses require C or better:
    • BCH313/L General Biochemistry (3/1)
    • BIO109/L General Biology I (3/1)
    • BIO110/L General Biology II (3/1)
    • 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)
    • NSC331 Natural Science Literature Survey (2)
    • NSC443 Natural Science Research Seminar (2)
    • 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: 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.
    • CMP101 English Composition (3) (This does not require min. grade C)
    • Service Learning (3) (This does not require min. grade C)

2. Specialization: 13 CREDITS

      • The following courses require C or better:
      • ENS304/L Environmental Chemistry (3/1)
      • BIO304 Conservation Biology (3)
      • Select two:
        • ENS205 Planet Earth I: Physical Features (3)
        • ENS/NSC303 Environmental Toxicology (3)
        • 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.

3. General Education Curriculum: 36 CREDITS

    • First Year Seminar (3)
    • Learning Communities (6)
    • Depth – Discovery (9)
    • Breadth – Exploration:  
      • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 
        • MTH134 Pre-Calculus (3)*
        • Choose one course from: Math and Computer Science. (3)
      • Social Sciences: 
        • Choose two courses from: Anthropology, Economics, History, Psychology, Linguistics, Political Science, and Sociology. (6)
      • Humanities: 
        • Choose two courses from: Art, English, Language (French or Spanish), Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Theater. (6)

Note: *Minimum grade C required

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 127 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: 92 CREDITS

    • BIO109/L General Biology I (3/1)
    • BIO110/L General Biology II (3/1)
    • BIO302/L General Ecology (3/1)
    • BIO200 Science and Contemporary Social Issues or NSC231 Natural Science: Scientific Language and Literacy (3)
    • BIO308/L Genetics (3/1)
    • BIO436/L Evolutionary Biology (4/0)
    • CHE110/L Chemistry I (4/0)
    • CHE111/L Chemistry II (4/0)
    • NSC244 Scientific Technique (3)
    • NSC306 Teaching Science in Middle and High School (3)
    • EDU204 Field Based Experience in Education (1)
    • 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.
    • EDU237/L Instructional Design: Theory & Practice (3/1)
    • EDU310 Practicum in Education (2)
    • EDU313 Foundations of Education (3)
    • EDU314 Promoting English Language Arts Across the Content Areas (3)
    • EDU427 Teaching to the Standards (3)
    • 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)
    • SED204 Field Based Experience in Inclusive Education (1)
    • SED270 Introduction to the Nature & Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities (3)
    • CMP101 English Composition (3)
    • Service Learning (3)
    • SCIENCE ELECTIVES: 19 CREDITS

2. General Education Curriculum: 36 CREDITS

  • First Year Seminar (3)
  • Learning Communities (6)
  • Depth – Discovery (9)
  • Breadth – Exploration:  
    • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 
      • MTH134 Pre-Calculus (3)
      • Choose one course from: Math, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Physics. (3)
    • Social Sciences: 
      • PSY103 Intro to Psychological Sciences or PSY214 Psychology of Adolescence (3)
    • Humanities: 
      • Modern Language (6)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 128 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.