May 27, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology


Robert O’Donnell​, Chair
(Integrated Science Center 332A)

biology.geneseo.edu/

HEGIS Code: 0401.00 (Biology, B.A.), 0401.01 (Biology, Adolescence Education: Biology & General Science, B.A.), 0401.00 (Biology, B.S.)

Biology Proficiency: Students must have a C+ or better average in their first two REQUIRED Biology lecture courses at SUNY Geneseo to remain as Biology or Biochemistry majors. For most this is Biol 117 and Biol 119 but for those accepting AP credits or transfer students it could be other combinations.

BIOL 105/BIOL 106 may be used as a ‘prep’ course-students who earn a grade of B or higher in BIOL 105/BIOL 106 may go on to BIOL 119 in the spring but are required to take BIOL 117 the following fall and to become biology majors must have a 2.3 average for BIOL 117 & BIOL 119.

Students may not double major in both Biology and Neuroscience.

Specialization Areas

Pre-Professional

Requirements for various biologically related professional programs (e.g. medical, veterinary, dental, optometry, etc.) vary. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the specific requirements of the schools of their choice.

Students planning to apply to professional schools need not major in biology or the sciences. Minimal requirements of most professional schools include one year of biology, one year each of general chemistry and organic chemistry, one year of general physics, and two courses in English.

Students planning to attend veterinary school should complete BIOL 116 , BIOL 117 , BIOL 119 BIOL 222 , (BIOL 223  is optional); general chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology (BIOL 349 ) and biochemistry (BIOL 335 ); 6 credits in English and speech (English composition is required). Courses in nutrition and statistics are recommended. BIOL 300 , BIOL 347 , and BIOL 354  are also desirable. for further information go to geneseo.edu/premed.

Early Assurance Program with SUNY-Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine

SUNY-Geneseo and the SUNY-Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine offer a cooperative program to qualified students designed to assure an undergraduate student acceptance into dental school at the end of two years of study. This allows the student to complete a four year undergraduate curriculum without further concern about admission to a D.D.S. program. While there is no major course of study required, the applicant must have completed most of the required predental courses for admission to the SUNY at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine and must demonstrate both maturity and a high level of motivation for a career in dentistry. You are invited to contact Christie Smith at SUNY-Geneseo, (csmith@geneseo.edu), Jennifer Haines (haines@geneseo.edu) or the Office of Student Admissions at SUNY-Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine at (716) 828-2836 for more details.

Plant Sciences

Students interested in concentrating in the plant sciences should select courses from the following: BIOL 311 , BIOL 348 , and BIOL 361 . Opportunities exist for independent study (BIOL 399 ) and research using the greenhouse, herbarium, and other departmental facilities. 

Ecology

Students interested in the field of environmental science or ecology should pursue a BS degree and select courses from the following: BIOL 204 , BIOL 305 , BIOL 306 BIOL 311 , BIOL 312 BIOL 327 , and  BIOL 340 . We also recommend students take a course in statistics, preferably BIOL 350 . Students also should consider independent research with faculty using laboratory resources including the greenhouse, animal care facility, and field sites such as Conesus Lake, the Roemer Arboretum, or our 400-acre Research Reserve.

3/3 Program in Physical Therapy with SUNY Upstate Medical University

SUNY-Geneseo and SUNY-Upstate Medical University offer a cooperative program to qualified students where they can receive a B.A. in Biology and a Doctor of Physical Therapy in six years. Upon completion of three years of study at Geneseo and the first year at Upstate, SUNY-Geneseo students will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Geneseo. Upon successful completion of three years at Upstate in the entry level DPT program, students will be awarded a DPT degree from SUNY-Upstate. Qualified high school seniors must apply for admission to the program by applying and being accepted by both SUNY-Upstate and SUNY-Geneseo during their senior year of high school. You are invited to contact Christie Smith at SUNY-Geneseo (csmith@geneseo.edu), Jennifer Haines (haines@geneseo.edu) or the Admissions Office at SUNY-Upstate Medial University (315) 464-4570 for further information.

3/4 Program with New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

SUNY-Geneseo and New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM) offer an affiliation program to qualified students where they can receive a B.S. in Biology and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in seven years instead of the usual eight. The student attends SUNY at Geneseo for 3 years and then attends the professional program at NYIT-COM. After the first year at NYIT-COM, the student receives her, his, or their baccalaureate degree in biology from SUNY-Geneseo. The D.O. degree is awarded after completing the four years at NYIT-COM. You are invited to contact Christie Smith at (csmith@geneseo.edu), Jennifer Haines (haines@geneseo.edu) or the Director of Admissions at NYIT-COM.at (516) 686-3747.

3/4 Program with SUNY-Optometry

SUNY-Geneseo and SUNY College of Optometry offer an affiliation program to qualified students where they can receive a B.S. in Biology and a Doctor of Optometry degree in seven years instead of the usual eight. The student attends SUNY at Geneseo for 3 years and then attends the professional program at SUNY College of Optometry. After the first year at SUNY College of Optometry, the student receives her, his, or their baccalaureate degree in biology from SUNY-Geneseo. The O.D. degree is awarded after completing the four years at SUNY College of Optometry. You are invited to contact Christie Smith at SUNY-Geneseo at (csmith@geneseo.edu), Jennifer Haines (haines@geneseo.edu) or the Office of Student Affairs at SUNY College of Optometry at (212) 780-5100 or (800) 291-3937 for more details.

3/4 Program with SUNY-Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine (will be discontinued after admitted cycle Fall 2019)

SUNY-Geneseo and the SUNY-Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine offer an affiliation program to qualified students where they can receive a B.S. in Biology and a Doctor of Dental Science degree in seven years instead of the usual eight. The student attends SUNY-Geneseo for 3 years and then attends the professional program at SUNY-Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine. After the first year at SUNY-Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, the student receives her, his, or their baccalaureate degree in biology from SUNY-Geneseo. The D.D.S. degree is awarded after completing the four years at SUNY-Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine. You are invited to contact Christie Smith at SUNY-Geneseo at (csmith@geneseo.edu)) or the Office of Student Admissions at SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine at (716) 828-2836 for more details.

Programs

    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Arts - Adolescence EducationBachelor of ScienceMinor

    Courses