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Distinguished Service Professor: Harman; Associate Professors: Bachman, Heilveil (Chair), Schillo, D. Vogler, Zalatan; Assistant Professors: Lentz, Nersesian, Reyda, Robinson, Withington, Wong, Yokota; Lecturer: Chen, Fielhaber, Kellam, LaPilusa, McPherson, J. Vogler


The objectives of the Biology Department include providing an undergraduate program of such caliber as to draw recognition and success to our students. Our program exposes students to the major concepts and rationale of biology, the scientific method, the role of biology in our society, and the importance of biology to the individual. It is a program designed to assure student acceptance in chosen careers and graduate studies. Students transferring to this program following a 2-year program at another institution are expected to have completed introductory courses in Biology (i.e. Biology I and II) plus an additional course in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Math in order to complete the degree at Oneonta in four additional semesters.


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(Students interested in majoring in Adolescence Education Biology should refer to the Education section.)




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Requirements for the Major

Biology: Major Field Core Courses: 19 - 20 s.h. (General Biology I, II, and III, Genetics, Ecology or Evolution); Major Field Electives: Five courses totaling 15 - 20 s.h. including at least one Botany and one Zoology course. At least 3 s.h. must be at the 300 level; Related Work: 16 s.h. in Chemistry. 14 - 16 s.h. in Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics.

Requirements for the Tracks

Ecology and Field Biology: Major Field Core Courses: 20 s.h. (General Biology I, II, and III, Genetics or Population Genetics, and Ecology); Major Field Electives: 12-16 s.h., selected from a specified list of electives. At least 3 s.h. must be at the 300 level; Approved Field Experience (min. 3 semester hours); Related Work: 12 s.h. in Chemistry, including Organic Chemistry; 11-18 s.h. selected from a specified list of Mathematics, Statistics, Environmental Sciences, or Physics.

Human Biology: Major Field Core Courses: 28-29 s.h. (General Biology I, II and III, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Genetics or Population Genetics, Ecology or Evolution, Human Biology and Culture Change or Human Origins); Major Field Electives: 12-16 s.h. Courses chosen from each of two topic areas: Evolution/Ecology and Morphology/Biomedical. At least 3 semester hours must be at the 300 level; Related Work: 24-26 s.h. Includes three courses in Chemistry. Other courses from Psychology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Statistics.

Cell and Molecular Biology: Major Field Core Courses: 23 s.h. (General Biology I, II, and III, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology); Major Field Electives: Four courses totaling 12-16 s.h. including at least one laboratory course. At least 3 s.h. must be at the 300 level; Related Work: 20 s.h. in Chemistry. 10-12 s.h. in Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics.

Requirements for the Minor

Biology: 20 - 24 s.h. in General Biology I & II (8 s.h.) and four courses (12-16 s.h.) chosen from electives (at least three courses must be at the 200 or 300 level and two courses must have a laboratory or field experience).

Special Programs or Facilities

The Biological Field Station, Cooperstown

5-year Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology: see the chapter "Academic Programs and Degrees" for more information.

Program with SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse):

4-3 Physical Therapy

Programs with Sage Graduate School (Troy):

4-3 Physical Therapy

4-3 Occupational Therapy

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