B.A. degree program in biology
HEGIS code 0401
NYS SED program code 01985

Program/Department Advisers

Office Hours
Muth, Theodore Associate Professor 718.951.5000 xt 2681 200NE biology_advisement @ brooklyn.cuny.edu 11-12:30 Friday


These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2017 semester.
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Department requirements (42-56.5 credits)
To enroll in any of the following courses--Biology 1002, 2002 or 2002W and Biology 3004--students must have completed the appropriate pre- or co-requisite courses with a grade of C- or better. A student with a grade of D+ or lower in any course applied toward fulfillment of department requirements must repeat the course until the grade of C- or higher is earned, or offer another course of equal or higher rank. Any substitution of courses must be approved by the chairperson or deputy chair for advising. At least one course taken must be a writing intensive (W) course offered by the Department of Biology. Students who completed Biology 1080 and 1081 before fall 2010 may substitute them for Biology 1001 and 1002 in all degree requirements.

All of the following: Biology 1001, 1002, 3003, 3004, 3006 or 3007W, 3011.

At least 8 credits of the following: Biology 2001, 2002 or 2002W, 2010, 2020 or Psychology 2610, Biology 3020 or Psychology 3610, Biology 3030W, 3083, 4001, 4010W or Computer and Information Science 2810, Biology 4011, 4012, 4013, 4022, 4024W, 4025, 4026, 4027, 5000W or 5001 or 5003W or 5010 or 5014W, 5020, Chemistry 4581.

One of the following chemistry sequences, a), b), c), or d):
a) Chemistry 1100, (or both 1050 and 2050), and 2500.
b) Chemistry 1100, or (both 1050 and 2050), and 2100 and either 3510 or (both 3511 and 3512).
c) Chemistry 1100, or (both 1050 and 2050), 2100, 3510, or (both 3511 and 3512), and either 3520 or (both 3521 and 3522).
d) Chemistry 1100, or (both 1050 and 2050), and 2100 and 2500.

Mathematics 1201 or Psych 3400.

Department recommendations

Chemistry 3510 (or both 3511 and 3512) and 3520 or (both 3521 and 3522) and Physics 1100 and 2100 are required for some professional programs and are strongly recommended for prospective graduate students in biology.

Students who anticipate majoring in biology must see a departmental adviser before the end of the sophomore year in order to plan their programs.

Additional requirements for a B.A. degree

Candidates for a B.A. degree with a major in biology must complete at least 18 credits in advanced courses in the Biology department or allowed electives in other departments as described above (not including Biology 1001). These 18 credits must be completed with a grade of C- or higher in each course, and 10 or more credits must be completed at Brooklyn College. Specific course requirements for a B.A. degree are described above.