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EFFECTIVE FALL 2013 ADMISSION:  PRE-BIOLOGY MAJOR

Policy:  Students will not be able to declare a Biology or Biochemistry major until they have achieved a combined C+ average or better in their first two required Biology lecture courses at SUNY Geneseo.  Required lecture courses are:

  • BIOL 117
  • BIOL 119
  • BIOL 203* (*not a required lecture for the Biochemistry program)
  • BIOL 222
  • BIOL 300 

For most freshman students, the first two required lecture courses would be BIOL 117 and BIOL 119.  For freshman students with a 5 on the AP Biology exam, it would be BIOL 203 and BIOL 222, unless they elect to retake BIOL 117 and BIOL 119 here.


This policy will apply to transfer students as well.  They may be further along in the required sequence (e.g. they could have credit for BIOL 117, BIOL 119, and BIOL 203), in which case the first two required lecture courses would be BIOL 222 and BIOL 300.  If they already have credit for both BIOL 222 and BIOL 300, they would need to achieve a grade of C+ in BIOL 300 before they could be accepted as a Biology major.

Please note a student may only repeat a required Biology course, or related requirement, once for major credit; the repeated course must be taken at the next offering of the class.  It may be advisable for transfer students to take other science courses (e.g. Biology courses not required, but electives, for the major, or chemistry or physics courses) their first semester here in order to get acclimated to SUNY Geneseo rigor before taking the courses that are evaluated for advancement to the major.

Students performing poorly as a pre-major may choose to withdraw from a required lecture course before the deadline rather than earn a grade that will make it difficult to achieve a C+ average, but this may make it difficult to graduate in eight semesters.

Students adversely affected by this policy may consider completing the Biology minor and should then take: 

  • BIOL 117, BIOL 119, BIOL 116
  • BIOL 203
  • BIOL 207 or another Biology elective above the 100 level
  • BIOL 271* (OR BIOL 222)
  • BIOL 210 OR BIOL 235 (or another Biology lecture elective above the 100 level)

*preferred for minors

Minimum Competence revised:

To graduate with a Biology major, students must attain a grade of C- or better in all required Biology courses (excluding Biology electives).  A grade of C- must be achieved in any course before it may be used as a prerequisite for another course.  A student may only repeat a required Biology course or related requirement once for major credit and the course must be taken at the next offering of the class (provided there are seats available).  If a student does not earn at least a C- on the second taking of the class, she/he will not be able to complete the Biology major.

REGISTRATION:

Prereqs/coreqs will be strictly enforced for BIOL courses.  These will again be checked at the beginning of the semester and students will be deregistered by the Dean's Office who do not have the required prereqs/coreqs.  Course maximums will be strictly enforced when we are also at the maximum number of people allowed in the room by the fire marshall.

Students wishing to take more than one BIOL 388 Experimental course must go to the Records Office, Erwin 102, as KnightWeb will not allow you to register for the same course number more than once.

Please remember that, in general, matters concerning the availability of free electives, courses in second majors, minors, individual sections, work schedule conflicts, sports conflicts, preferred instructors, etc. are not considered to be grounds for upholding an appeal by the Biology Chair or the Dean of the College.

advisement & pregraduation checks:

Please make an appointment with your assigned advisor during the registration period by signing up outside of their office.  Please do not email or call faculty to setup an appointment and please do not wait until it is time for you to register online for courses.  NOTE:  For those with required advisement (freshmen with less than 30 credits total their first two semesters here, transfers, and those on academic probation), only your assigned advisor, NOT the Biology Chair or secretary, will release the hold on your account so that you will be able to register on KnightWeb.  Only the Dean's Office may release pregraduation check holds.

Graduation issues:

Please note that every year we typically have a few students who are short on Biology elective credits (frequently a Biology elective lab).  One student was able to still graduate by changing from a Biology BS to a BA degree and opted to do so versus having to take an additional course, but another student did not have that option.  As a result, we discourage students from taking the bare minimum of Biology electives required to graduate.  In order to easily avoid the stress, added burden, and expense of taking an additional course to finish your degree, it would be much easier to have completed an extra course or two so you will not have any worries.  In addition, be sure to complete your pregraduation check with your advisor, check  WebCAPP on your KnightWeb account annually and address issues promptly, and check with your advisor to ensure that you are on track.  Note that approved waiver forms for course substitutions, etc. will not alter or be reflected on your pregraduation check or WebCAPP; waivers are handled manually.  Also, WebCAPP is not an official record, but a useful tool; your completed and signed pregraduation check is the official 'contract.'  For courses that satisfy more than one requirement, WebCAPP is only able to count a course once for one requirement, but that doesn't mean that the other requirement is not fulfilled.

Course Related Notes: 

BIOL 204 and BIOL 223 are NOT required Biology lab courses; these are elective Biology laboratory courses.

BIOLOGY ELECTIVE LABORATORY NOTE: 

BIOL 215, BIOL 230, BIOL 241, BIOL 242, BIOL 264, BIOL 312, BIOL 314, BIOL 330, BIOL 344, BIOL 345, BIOL 354, BIOL 361, and BIOL 364:  These four credit courses with a lab component DO count as an elective Biology laboratory course.

BIOL 210 Nutrition:  This course may be used as an elective for the Biology minor only, not the major.

BIOL 250 Biological Data Analysis nor BIOL 340 Modeling Biological Systems:  These courses do NOT count as an elective Biology laboratory course since they are computer based.

BIOL 264 Human Physiology and BIOL 364 Animal Physiology may NOT both be counted as Biology elective credits; it's one or the other.  You may NOT take BIOL 264 after taking BIOL 364.

BIOL 271 Heredity:  This course may be used only for the Biology minor, not the major.

BIOL 288 Exp: Techniques in Microbial Sciences does count as an elective Biology laboratory course. 

Students may receive Biology elective credit for BIOL 304 DNA Biotechnology OR BIOL 322 Molecular Biology, but NOT both.

BIOL 342 Parasitology does not require a prereq of BIOL 215, 241, or 242; only BIOL 203 is required.  Please see Dr. Bandoni Muench for a prerequisite override.

BIOL 378 Microscope Techniques does NOT count as an elective Biology laboratory course; this is a lecture course.

BIOL 388 Exp: Biological Conservation (Fall 2013):  This course offered by Dr. Hannam will NOT count as an elective Biology laboratory course.

BIOL 388 Exp: Global Health in Ghana (Summer):  This summer course offered by Dr. Muench will count as an elective Biology laboratory course, but requires that the student complete a Waiver form and submit it to the Biology Chair.

BIOL 388 Exp: Molecular Ecology (Spring 2009)/BIOL 327 (Fall 2010):  This course offered by Dr. Apple will satisfy the seminar/equivalent course requirement only if you complete and submit a Waiver form to the Biology Chair.

BIOL 388 Exp:  Developmental Cell Biology OR BIOL 388 Exp:  Neurobiology OR BIOL 388 Exp: Pharmacology (Spring 2010) may count as a Biochemistry elective.  For consideration, you must submit a completed Waiver form and a copy of the course syllabus to the Biochemistry Coordinator in advance.

BIOL 388 Galapagos (Summer 2009) will satisfy the Diversity Requirement only with a completed and approved Waiver form.

BIOL 399 Directed Study in a research lab does NOT generally count as a  Biology elective laboratory course.  However, if you have three semesters of in-depth directed study credit doing a continuous research project with a faculty member, you may submit a waiver request for consideration for your combined experience to count as one Biology elective lab credit.  This request must be supported by your faculty supervisor and the Biology Chair.

BIOL 100 has been replaced with BIOL 105/106
CHEM 103 ... with CHEM 104/105
GEOG 110 ... with GEOG 111/112
GSCI 101 .. with GSCI 130/131
GSCI 105 ... with GSCI 140/141
GSCI 107 ... with GSCI 150/151
GSCI 111 ... with GSCI 160/161
GSCI 112 ... with GSCI 170
PHYS 101 ... with PHYS 102/103
PHYS 105 ... with PHYS 106/107

 CHEM course information for advising purposes:

a.   Most students take the following general chemistry sequence:

·         General chem:  CHEM 116 (fall) CHEM 118 (spring)  with lab CHEM 119 (either fall or spring)

·         Organic chem:  CHEM 211 (fall) CHEM 213 (spring) with lab CHEM 216 (either fall or spring)

b.   'Accelerated' students' (generally those with AP credit for general chem and some

      biochem students):

·         CHEM 203 and CHEM 119 (fall)  CHEM 204 and CHEM 223 (spring)  

·         CHEM 224 and CHEM 216 (fall)

c.   Chem 203 (gen chem) and chem 224 (o chem) are 4 credit lecture classes

d.   Chem 204 (end of gen chem) and 223 (start of o chem) are 2 credit lecture classes

      taught the first half and the second half respectively of the spring semester

e.   Chem 119 and Chem 216 are labs and are the same for both sequences, but

      students in the accelerated sequences take them in the fall