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Please feel free to peruse our website for information on our seminars, programs, courses, etc. To schedule a general campus tour and/or sign-up for one of our Biology admission sessions generally with our Biology Chair/Premed Advisor offered on most Friday afternoons during the fall and spring semesters, please contact the Admissions Office or visit their website. Due to the large numbers of prospective students currently interested in pursuing our PreBiology major, we are unable to accommodate individual requests for meetings with faculty nor personal tours of the Integrated Science Center (ISC). Biology admission sessions are unavailable on holidays and college breaks, and have very limited offerings on Saturdays. We strongly encourage students to come to the Biology admission session with specific questions in mind. These group sessions are ideal for students interested in premed, research, preprofessional, etc.

Those students interested in pursuing pre-med or pre-professional are asked to review the Premed website before visiting the campus or contacting a faculty member. Students with specific program questions in one of the following advisement areas should contact the faculty member via email:


Policy: To major in Biology or Biochemistry, a student must first perform well as a ‘premajor’, earning at least a C+ average (2.3 GPA) in their first two required Biology lecture courses taken at Geneseo. For most students, this would be BIOL 117 and BIOL 119. Students unsure of their readiness for college science may schoose to start with BIOL 105 and BIOL 106 as a preparatory course before taking BIOL 117 and BIOL 119.

The premajor also applies to students with credit for BIOL 117 and BIOL 119 (from an AP Biology score of 5 or from the tranfer of college credits). For these students, the first two required courses (and the ones that will count in terms of advancing to the major) are: BIOL 203 and BIOL 222 (for Biology majors) or BIOL 222 and BIOL 300 (for Biochemistry majors). Students with AP or college credit for BIOL 117 and BIOL 119 are strongly encouraged to talk with someone from the Biology Department before choosing courses.

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