Biology, B.A. Four-Year Degree Map for Bulletin Year 2019-2020

First Year

Fall Classes - 16.5 credits Credits Spring Classes - 15.5 credits Credits
ENGL 1010: English Composition I
Pathways Required Core
3 ENGL 1012: English Composition II
Pathways Required Core
3
MATH 1006: College Algebra for Precalculus
Pathways Required Core (Depending on Math placement, some students may be able to take MATH 1011. See an advisor to confirm your math placement.)
3 MATH 1011: Precalculus Mathematics
General Elective
3
BIOL 1001: General Biology I
Major (Also fulfills Pathways Life & Physical Sciences)
4.5 BIOL 1002: General Biology II
Major (Also fulfills Pathways College Option)
4.5
U.S. Experience in Its Diversity
Pathways Flexible Core
3 CHEM 1100: General Chemistry I
Major
5
General Elective
General Elective
3    

Second Year

Fall Classes - 16 credits Credits Spring Classes - 17 credits Credits
BIOL 3003: Microbiology
Major
3 Creative Expression
Pathways Flexible Core
3
BIOL 3004: Microbiology Lab
Major
2 Individual & Society
Pathways Flexible Core
3
CHEM 2100: General Chemistry II
Major
5 World Cultures & Global Issues
Pathways Flexible Core
3
CHEM 2110: Principles of Chemical Reactivity
General Elective
2 BIOL 3011: Genetics
Major
3
MATH 1201 Calculus I or PSYC 3400 Statistical Methods in Psychological Research
Major
4 CHEM 3511: Organic Chemistry I Lecture*
Major
3
    CHEM 3512: Organic Chemistry I Lab*
Major
2

Third Year

Fall Classes - 14 credits Credits Spring Classes - 14 credits Credits
Creative Expression
Pathways Flexible Core
3 Scientific World
Pathways Flexible Core
3
College Option
Pathways College Option
3 College Option
Pathways College Option
3
Approved BIOL Elective
Major
3 Approved BIOL Elective
Major
3
CHEM 3521: Organic Chemistry II Lecture*
Major
3 Approved BIOL Elective
Major
2
CHEM 3522: Organic Chemistry II Lab*
Major
2 General Elective
General Elective
3

Fourth Year

Fall Classes - 15 credits Credits Spring Classes - 12 credits Credits
College Option
Pathways College Option
3 General Elective
General Elective
3
BIOL 3006 or 3007W Evolution
Major
3 General Elective
General Elective
3
General Elective
General Elective
3 General Elective
General Elective
3
General Elective
General Elective
3 General Elective
General Elective
3
General Elective
General Elective
3    

Degree Details

36 Pathways Credits*

52 Major Credits

32 General Elective Credits

120 Total Credits

Contact Information

Department of Biology
200 Ingersoll Hall Extension
Dr. Shaneen Singh, Deputy Chairperson
Ssingh@brooklyn.cuny.edu

*The Pathways curriculum is typically 42 credits. However, the Biology B.A. major includes two courses (BIOL 1001 and BIOL 1002) that also satisfy Pathways requirements. Therefore, students majoring in Biology B.A. only need to complete 36 additional Pathways credits.

*The Chemistry courses outlined above are required of pre-med and pre-dental students. However, students may choose an alternative sequence of Chemistry courses to those outlined above. Please consult a faculty advisor from the Department of Biology to determine the most appropriate sequence of Chemistry courses for you.

**Candidates for a B.A. degree with a major in biology must complete at least 60 credits in science and mathematics. The following courses may be applied toward the 60 credits in science and mathematics:

  • A) All courses in the departments of biology, chemistry, computer and information science, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, physics and psychology.
  • B) Courses marked with a (#) symbol in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences.
  • C) ANTH 1205, 2201, 2216, 3230, 3240, 3250, 3260, 3199, 3440 4665, HNSC 3314, ECON 3400, 4410, 3410, 4422, PHIL 3203, 3204, 3601, KINS 3271, 3275, 3023, 4229, 4251, SOCY 2701, MCHC 2001.

The four-year degree map is designed to help you take the right courses in the right order so you can graduate in four years. It also helps you distinguish what courses qualify as Pathways courses, or Major courses, or General Elective courses. Ideally, you should follow the four-year degree map as closely as possible, but you are free to make some adjustments so long as the prerequisite requirements are satisfied.

In conjunction with the four-year degree map, you should review Degree Works, and the Brooklyn College website, for an approved list of courses in your major. Overall, it is best to review your degree map with your advisor on a regular basis.

Contact Information

Department of Biology
200 Ingersoll Hall Extension
Dr. Shaneen Singh, Deputy Chairperson
Ssingh@brooklyn.cuny.edu

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