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  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

Biological Sciences- BA


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The Department of Biological Sciences offers a single major for students who intend to prepare for graduate study, medicine, dentistry, secondary school teaching, biotechnology and industry. This Major is equivalent to and replaces the Major I program from previous years. Students planning to pursue a Biology major are strongly encouraged to declare their major as soon as possible after completing one semester of Principles of Biology. 

Declared majors are assigned a permanent faculty adviser who will assist in individual curriculum planning. Students are required to meet with their adviser at least once each semester throughout their undergraduate career to discuss their program and progress.

Biology Concentrations


The major in Biological Sciences has the following concentrations:

CR/NC Policy


Only a letter grade (A, B, C, D, including + or -) will be accepted by the department in the required science and mathematics courses for the biology major. 

Minor for other Majors


The minor in Biological Sciences gives students a basic understanding of biology from the molecular and cellular to the organismal and population level.  This includes both theoretical aspects presented in lecture as well as practical aspects presented in lab.  Flexibility is built into the minor to allow students to select courses corresponding to their interests. In order to minor in Biological Sciences a student must pass four courses resulting in a minor GPA of 2.0 or higher.  All students who want a Minor in Biological Sciences must take:

Number of Credits: A minimum of 12 credits.  Transfer credits may be applied.  At least 2 courses must be taken at Hunter College.

Opportunities for Undergraduates in Biological Sciences


Undergraduate Research Students who wish to undertake a research project under the supervision of a faculty member must first obtain written permission from that faculty member and then register for BIOL 48000 . Research opportunities for undergraduates at Hunter are available in cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, neuroscience, cancer biology, AIDS, microbiology and a variety of other contemporary areas. In some cases students may be permitted to work at one of the several neighboring research institutions. Synopses of faculty research interests can be obtained in the department office or from the Department of Biological Sciences Website http://Biology.hunter.cuny.edu). In addition, there are summer research opportunities available at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Woods Hole Research Center through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Please note that, to qualify for departmental honors at graduation, there is a research requirement.

Honors Work


In order to qualify for departmental honors, students must have a departmental GPA of at least 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0. They must also satisfy a research requirement consisting of either:

or (b) at least one course chosen from among


Additional Information


The research requirement includes a written report resulting from work in any of these courses.

MA Program in Biological Sciences


See Career Planning-Graduate Study .

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