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Biology (BA or BS), 4-Year

Professor Frank Stephen teaching an anatomy class

Explore the life sciences as you develop the skills and knowledge to begin a career in a broad range of fields, from brewing to research, or move to the next phase of your education in a professional program.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

As a student in our biology program, you'll explore the depths of the life sciences and you'll discover the subjects that speak to you. As a graduate, you'll take that passion into rewarding careers in a wide range of careers or build on your education with a specific focus.

After graduation, biology graduates work in communities as lab technicians, representatives for pharmacuetical and medical instrumentation companies, biotech researchers, educators, and more. If your undergraduate degree is just the start, you'll also find the biology program uniquely prepares you for advanced programs from chiropractic to physical therapist to physician and more.

As a biology major at D’Youville, you’ll explore anatomy, zoology, genetics, and biochemistry through hands-on experiences in our new state-of-the-art science building. At D'Youville, we believe learning one-on-one with faculty leaders and conducting research is important so we offer our undergraduate biology students an experience few other universities do —you may be chosen to participate in exciting research projects with our faculty or even be selected for exclusive internships at collaborating institutions, like the world-renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Why Choose D'Youville?

Direct Entry Into Professional Programs

Students in D'Youville's biology programs can apply for direct entry into one of D'Youville's joint and combined professional degree programs which will allow you allow you to earn your bachelor's and advanced degree here in less time than you can at other institutions. After you earn your Bachelor of Science degree, as long as you’ve maintained the necessary academic standards, you’ll be automatically admitted to the advanced program.

Personal Attention and Small Class Sizes

At D'Youville, your professors will know who you are and you'll find helpful resources right at hand, from financial aid to tech support. You'll get individualized attention in small classes, usually around 20 students, and not more than 40, and in science labs you'll learn alongside 12 to 15 students per class. You'll also always be taught by a faculty member, never a teaching assistant.

Build for Your Future

In our program, you'll always have a faculty advisor to help you explore options. As an undergraduate, you'll gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take. And when you graduate, you'll be ready to ace your graduate or professional school entrance exams with D'Youville's in-house review course. Students at other colleges often pay $1,000 or more to take similar courses from commercial firms.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarships

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 (BA) or 85 (BS) with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science. 

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2 (BA) or 2.5 (BS)

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Biology BA Curriculum

Biology BA Curriculum

Explore other Biology BA tracks: Biology BA with MS in Anatomy

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Biology Program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

General Education Requirements 30
Major Requirements 50
Free electives (including remaining Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements) 40
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Major

In the Specific Areas of Concentration
BIO-101 Introductory Biology I 4
BIO-101L Intro Bio Lab I 0
BIO-102 Introductory Biology II 4
BIO-102L Intro Bio Lab II 0
BIO-302 Genetics 4
BIO-302L Genetics Lab 0
BIO-303 Biochemistry 3
BIO-303L Biochemistry Lab 1
BIO-312 Molecular Cell Biology 4
Total Credits 20
Biology Electives Chosen from (14 credits)
BIO-107 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO-107L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 1
BIO-108 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIO-108L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
BIO-216 Marine Biology 3
BIO-218 Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIO-218L Invertebrate Zoology Lab 0
BIO-229 Ecology 4
BIO-229L Ecology Lab 0
BIO-230 Foundations of Environmental Science 4
BIO-230L Foundations of Environmental Science 0
BIO-231 Environmental Geology 4
BIO-231L Environmental Geology Lab 0
BIO-242 Evolution 3
BIO-304 Microscopic Anatomy 4
BIO-304L Microscopic Anatomy Lab 0
BIO-309 Virology 3
BIO-310 Immunology 3
BIO-314 Botany 4
BIO-317 Comparative Anatomy 4
BIO-317L Comparative Anatomy Lab 0
BIO-320 Developmental Biology 4
BIO-320L Dev Biology Lab 0
BIO-330 Environmental Microbiology 4
BIO-330L Environmental Microbiology Lab 0
BIO-331 Conservation Biology 4
BIO-331L Conservation Biology Lab 0
BIO-332 Environmental Health 3
BIO-335 Pharmacology I 3
BIO-336 Pharmacology II 3
BIO-339 Human Gross Anatomy 6
BIO-339L Gross Anatomy Lab 0
BIO-350 Fundamentals of Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics 3
BIO-351 Computational Biology 4
BIO-351L Computational Biology Lab 0
BIO-375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
BIO-389 Special Topics 3-4
BIO-390 Special Topics 3-4
BIO-407 Research At DYC 1-3
BIO-408 Research At DYC 1-3
BIO-479 Independent Study 1-3
BIO-480 Independent Study 1-3
BIO-659 Advanced Physiology I 3
BIO-660 Advanced Physiology II 3
Total Credits 1 14
1

Microbiology (BIO-208) and lab no longer count as biology electives. They are specifically tailored for nursing students. The change was approved by the curriculum committee.

In Other Academic Areas Required for the Major
CHE-101 General Chemistry I 3
CHE-101L General Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHE-102 General Chemistry II 3
CHE-102L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHE-219 Organic Chemistry 3
or CHE-209 Principles of Organic Chemistry
CHE-219L Organic Chemistry Lab 1
or CHE-209L Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab
Select one of the following: 3-4
MAT-117
Topics in Mathematics  
MAT-120
Elementary Practical Statistics  
MAT-122
Algebra & Trigonometry  
MAT-123
Introduction to Applied Statistics  
MAT-125
Calculus I  
MAT-389
Special Topics  
Total Credits 15-16

Biology B.A. for Health Professions Preparation

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Arts Biology Health Professions Preparation Program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Preparation for Physician Assistant B.S./M.S.
(Note: Matriculation into the P.A. program requires application, interview, and acceptance.)

General Education Requirements 30
Major Masters in P.A. Preparation (BIO BA degree) 54
Pre-P.A. Option 12
Free electives (including remaining Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements) 24
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Major

In the Specific Areas of Concentration
BIO-101 Introductory Biology I 4
BIO-101L Intro Bio Lab I 0
BIO-102 Introductory Biology II 4
BIO-102L Intro Bio Lab II 0
BIO-302 Genetics 4
BIO-302L Genetics Lab 0
BIO-303 Biochemistry 1 3
BIO-303L Biochemistry Lab 1 1
BIO-312 Molecular Cell Biology 4
Total Credits 20
1

Must be taken at D'Youville.

Biology Electives including
BIO-107 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO-107L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 1
BIO-108 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIO-108L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
BIO-208 Microbiology 3
BIO-208L Microbiology Lab 1
BIO-639 Human Gross Anatomy 6
BIO-639L Human Gross Anatomy Lab 0
BIO-639XD Human Gross Anatomy Extra Disection Lab 0
Total Credits 18
In Other Academic Areas Required for the Major
CHE-101 General Chemistry I 3
CHE-101L General Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHE-102 General Chemistry II 3
CHE-102L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MAT-123 Introduction to Applied Statistics 4
CHE-209 Principles of Organic Chemistry 3
CHE-209L Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab 1
Total Credits 16
Health Professions Preparation Option (B.S./M.S. in Physician Assistant Preparation)
PHI-214 Challenges of Death 3
PHI-312 Bioethics Seminar 3
BIO-307 Pathophysiology 1 3
PSY-203 Lifespan Development 3
Total Credits 12
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Must be taken at D'Youville.

Biology BS Curriculum

Biology BS Curriculum

Explore other Biology BS tracks: Health Professions Preparation in Physical Therapy | Health Professions Preparation in Chiropractic | Biology BS with MS in Anatomy 

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, tools to plan your education, including course plans for tracks in Physical Therapy, and Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental in the D'Youville academic catalog.

General Education Requirements 30
Major Requirements 66
Free electives (including remaining Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements) 24
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Biology B.S. Major

In the Specific Areas of Concentration
BIO-101 Introductory Biology I 4
BIO-101L Intro Bio Lab I 0
BIO-102 Introductory Biology II 4
BIO-102L Intro Bio Lab II 0
BIO-302 Genetics 4
BIO-302L Genetics Lab 0
BIO-303 Biochemistry 1 3
BIO-303L Biochemistry Lab 1 1
BIO-312 Molecular Cell Biology 4
Total Credits 20
1

Denotes specific prerequisite coursework requiring a minimum grade of B and a G.P.A. of 3.20 to enter the D.P.T. graduate program. Of the four chemistry courses, only the best two must be considered for the prerequisite G.P.A.

Biology Electives Chosen from (18 credits)
BIO-107 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO-107L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 1
BIO-108 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIO-108L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
BIO-216 Marine Biology 3
BIO-217 Animal Handling 3
BIO-217L Animal Handling Lab 1
BIO-218 Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIO-218L Invertebrate Zoology Lab 0
BIO-229 Ecology 4
BIO-229L Ecology Lab 0
BIO-230 Foundations of Environmental Science 4
BIO-230L Foundations of Environmental Science 0
BIO-231 Environmental Geology 4
BIO-231L Environmental Geology Lab 0
BIO-242 Evolution 3
BIO-304 Microscopic Anatomy 4
BIO-304L Microscopic Anatomy Lab 0
BIO-309 Virology 3
BIO-310 Immunology 3
BIO-314 Botany 4
BIO-317 Comparative Anatomy 4
BIO-317L Comparative Anatomy Lab 0
BIO-320 Developmental Biology 4
BIO-320L Dev Biology Lab 0
BIO-330 Environmental Microbiology 4
BIO-330L Environmental Microbiology Lab 0
BIO-331 Conservation Biology 4
BIO-331L Conservation Biology Lab 0
BIO-332 Environmental Health 3
BIO-335 Pharmacology I 3
BIO-336 Pharmacology II 3
BIO-339 Human Gross Anatomy 6
BIO-339L Gross Anatomy Lab 0
BIO-350 Fundamentals of Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics 3
BIO-350L Fundamentals Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics Lab 0
BIO-351 Computational Biology 4
BIO-351L Computational Biology Lab 0
BIO-375 Math Modeling in Biology 3
BIO-389 Special Topics 3-4
BIO-389L Special Topics Lab 1
BIO-390 Special Topics 3-4
BIO-407 Research At DYC 1-3
BIO-408 Research At DYC 1-3
BIO-479 Independent Study 1-3
BIO-480 Independent Study 1-3
BIO-505 Neurobiology 4
BIO-505L Neurobiology Lab 0
BIO-659 Advanced Physiology I 3
BIO-660 Advanced Physiology II 3
Total Credits 1 18
1

Microbiology (BIO-208) and lab no longer count as biology electives. They are specifically tailored for nursing students. The change was approved by the curriculum committee.

In Other Academic Areas Required for the Major
CHE-101 General Chemistry I 1 3
CHE-101L General Chemistry Laboratory 1 1
CHE-102 General Chemistry II 1 3
CHE-102L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1 1
CHE-219 Organic Chemistry 1 3
or CHE-209 Principles of Organic Chemistry
CHE-219L Organic Chemistry Lab 1 1
or CHE-209L Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab
MAT-125 Calculus I 4
MAT-126 Calculus II 4
PHY-101 General Physics I 1 3
PHY-101L Gen Physics Lab I 1 1
PHY-102 General Physics 1 3
PHY-102L Gen Physics Lab II 1 1
Total Credits 28
1

Denotes specific prerequisite coursework requiring a minimum grade of B and a G.P.A. of 3.20 to enter the D.P.T. graduate program. Of the four chemistry courses, only the best two must be considered for the prerequisite G.P.A.

Careers

Careers

A degree in biology opens the door to many careers. It can equip you for graduate school and lead to a teaching or research career at a college or university. It may provide the foundation for a career as a doctor, dentist or veterinarian. It can also lead to a teaching position at a high school or prepare you for related occupations in business, industry and government.

We offer two Biology bachelor's degree programs to suit your specific career goals:

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology

  • More extensive program that will prepare students for careers in science or medicine or biological research.
  • Meets the admissions requirements of graduate programs in biological specialties, as well as medical, dental, veterinary and chiropractic schools.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology

  • Prepares you to work immediately in biology or a biomedical field.
  • Meets the admissions requirements of some graduate programs.

Internships

Internships

The Department of Biology and Mathematics strongly encourages students to perform research internships as part of the completion of their undergraduate degree. Our friendly and engaging faculty has a diverse set of research interests, ranging from bioinformatics and analytics to animal behavior and human anatomy, so finding the research project that sparks your curiosity couldn’t be easier.

Research projects engage students in new and exciting scientific discoveries that allow them to gain knowledge and experience that is beneficial in applying to graduate programs.

Involvement in research as an undergraduate doesn’t just end at the bench – students from Department of Biology and Mathematics have presented their data in local, national, and international meetings. These experiences help to broaden the horizons of our students and to develop contacts and relationships with researchers from around the globe.

Alumni Successes

Alumni Successes

Many of our graduates continue their academic studies after they earn their bachelor's degree in biology. Some even conduct research as PhD candidates in doctoral programs around the country.  

  • Tyler Fulater ’18 has a degree in Biology and is now in medical school at the University at Buffalo
  • Ryan Gemmati ’18 has a degree in Biology and is now in medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cailey Burrows ’19 has a degree in Biology and will be matriculating to Upstate Medical School in the fall of 2020
  • Jamal Williams '15 has degrees in Math and Biology and is now in graduate school at Buffalo State College.
  • Robert Kubiak '15 has degrees in Biology and Chemistry and is now working on a PhD at Emory University.
  • Scott Heller '14 has a degree in Biology and is now in medical school at the University at Buffalo.
  • David Truong '14 has a Biology degree and is now studying to be a Physician Assistant.
  • Cecelia Lignos '14 has a Biology degree and is now an Account Executive at Cumulus Media.

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