The biology major is designed for students with an interest in aspects of the live sciences, to provide excellent preparation for postgraduate education and careers in biomedicine, health and secondary education, as well as other fields that require an understanding and practice of scientific reasoning and methods.
Students build a scientific foundation for understanding how biological systems function through courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years. In the junior and senior years, students may concentrate in areas such as: pre-health professional, biotechnology, secondary education, or an individualized program. Research opportunities with departmental faculty as well as internships and cooperative programs with public and private organizations afford students the opportunity to apply their skills outside the classroom. Due to the complex biological issues that face modern society, the department also encourages non-majors to take selected courses in the biological sciences.
Any undergraduate student can declare the biology major.
A minimum grade of "C" in BIO 201 and BIO 202 is required before students are allowed to take further biology courses in the major.
Elective courses are selected through advisement.
At most, two electives (8 credits) may be taken at the 300-level and counted toward the major. They may be chosen from these courses:
At minimum, two 400-level laboratory courses (6-8 credits) must be taken. The following list reflects course offerings at the date of publication. Other courses may satisfy this requirement by advisement.
Students may choose to take all of their biology electives at the 400-level.
One of the following courses:
One of the following two-course sequences is required:
These concentrations are just meant to be guidelines for students in choosing their electives. The degree requirements for each concentration are identical. The course work within different concentrations is overlapping and is not mutually exclusive, and students may decide to pick courses from various concentrations.
The strength of Brockport's Biology Department lies in these areas. The department is well-equipped to provide skills needed to pursue a career in biotechnology/molecular and cellular biology. Students have the opportunity to gain a firm knowledge base as well as a variety of laboratory skills in the areas of molecular biology, tissue culture, microbiology, microscopy, cell and developmental biology, physiology, and genetics. A substantial percentage of graduates who have obtained these skills have successfully entered Master's and PhD programs or found jobs in academic, government or industrial laboratories. Students choosing this concentration are advised to select all of their upper-division electives from the following group of courses.
Some students may be more interested in how the body develops and how the body functions in response to internal and external changes. These interests are encompassed in the areas of physiology and development. Students interested in these areas might select their upper-division electives from the following group of courses.
Students who intend to become secondary school biology teachers qualify for New York State Provisional Certification by completing the requirement of Bachelor of Science and the requisite courses toward certification in secondary education as arranged with the Department of Education and Human Development. These certification requirements are extensive and changeable. Therefore, the student should meet with an advisor in both the Department of Biology and in the Department of Education and Human Development. Students in this program need to obtain a broad education in biology in order to satisfy the New York State Living Environment Curriculum. To do this, students should take the following courses among their upper-division biology electives.
Each year, students from Brockport apply for admission to professional study in medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, veterinary, optometry, podiatry, and physicians assistant programs. Although at Brockport most pre-professional students have majored in the Biology, there is no special major for pre-professional health care, and the requirements for admission can be met through a variety of majors available at the College. The program in Biology is well established and our graduates successfully compete for positions in health professional programs. Upon arrival at Brockport, students should contact the department for further information on these programs.
A Pre-professional Advisory Committee assists students interested in entering medically related professions through formal meetings, counseling and a library of materials; provides application materials for the MCAT, DAT and OAT exams (the admissions tests for medical, dental and optometry schools); and prepares a committee evaluation prior to application based on a formal interview with the applicant as well as test scores and GPA. This committee consists of faculty members from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Contact the department secretary, Room 103, Lennon Hall, for the current contact information of this committee.
Students interested in pursing health-related professions are advised to take the following courses among their upper-division electives.
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Laurie B Cook Ph.D
(University Of Rochester)
Associate Prof + Asst to the Provost for Applied Learning
Lori L Cornell
Huey K Hing Ph.D
Craig R Lending Ph.D
(University Of Wisconsin-Madison)
Dawn Newman BS
(Florida Institute Of Technology-Melbourne)
Senr Lab Tech
Bernardo Ortega Ph.D
(University of Sheffield)
Michel Pelletier Ph.D
Adam J Rich Ph.D
(SUNY At Stony Brook)
Aritro Sen Ph.D
(West Virginia University)
Ian Shannon BS
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Rongkun Shen Ph.D
(Oregon State University)
Rey Antonio L Sia Ph.D
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Stuart I Tsubota Ph.D
(University Of California-Berkeley)