Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Biology

Bachelor of Arts

Marc Servetnick, Associate Professor and Chair

The biology department offers a liberal arts education with a major in biology, giving a strong foundation for continued study at the graduate level. This curriculum also provides preparation for entering the health professions (dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, and veterinary medicine) and paramedical fields. Other career opportunities exist in laboratories, pharmaceutical and chemical companies, governmental and environmental agencies, and other organizations that require personnel with a biology background.

The curriculum also allows for preparation and certification in secondary teaching in biology with either a major or a minor in biology.

Biology-Optometry 3-1 Program

This joint program with an optometry college is available to biology majors and enables students to enter optometry college after three years of undergraduate study. Ithaca College requirements for graduation, as well as most of the biology requirements, must be fulfilled during the first 90 credits of this program. After acceptance by the optometry college, and upon successful completion of the first year of optometry college, the bachelor's degree in biology is awarded by Ithaca College. This program must be carefully planned with the student's adviser.
Optometry 3-1 Program

Requirements for Honors in Biology

Students with a minimum GPA in all biology courses of 3.50 and an overall GPA of 3.30 may apply for honors after they have completed BIOL-30200 Research in Biology, but not later than the first two weeks of the senior year. Application must be made to the department curriculum committee for admission to honors. The curriculum committee reviews the qualifications of applicants, certifies that faculty sponsorship has been obtained, and then makes its recommendation to the department. The faculty of the biology department votes on acceptance or rejection of the curriculum committee's recommendation.

When a student is accepted for honors, an honors committee is formed, consisting of the project director (normally the faculty sponsor) and two other members of the biology department faculty. The student must design an honors project in consultation with a faculty sponsor. The honors committee monitors the progress of the honors project and the academic performance of the student.

The student must write a paper and make an oral presentation by the end of the second semester of the project. After receiving a recommendation from the honors committee, the faculty of the biology department votes on the granting of honors in biology.

A more detailed statement of deadlines and requirements for honors is available from faculty advisers.

Courses for Nonmajors

The biology department offers several courses of interest to the nonmajor. These courses have numbers between BIOL-10000 and BIOL-12000.

Requirements for the Major in Biology - B.A.
Biology, chemistry, and mathematics:

Biology

BIOL-12100, BIOL-12200, BIOL-27100, BIOL-22700, BIOL-30100, BIOL-30200, BIOL-35400, BIOL-41100, BIOL-41200

26

Three elective courses in biology (one must be at level 3 or level 4)

10-12

Total

36-38

Courses that do not count as biology electives include any courses listed as required; any level-1 courses; BIOL-20500; BIOL-21000; BIOL-40000; BIOL-40100; and BIOL-40200. Biochemistry I and II (BIOC-35300 and BIOC-35400) and BIOC-48100 Special Topics: Biochemistry may count as biology electives.

Chemistry

CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, CHEM-12400, CHEM-22100, CHEM-22200, CHEM-22500, CHEM-23200

17

Mathematics

MATH-11100 or MATH-10800 or MATH-24400

4

Total, biology, chemistry, and mathematics

57-59

Outside biology, chemistry, and mathematics

Total

33-36

Electives

In any area to complete the 120 credits necessary for graduation

25-30

Total, B.A. in biology

120

Advanced Placement

Advanced placement (AP) credit in biology is accepted under the following policy:

1. A student with an AP test score of 5 may receive course-specific credit (e.g., BIOL-11900, BIOL-12000 or BIOL-12100, BIOL-12200) provided there is evidence in the AP course of a laboratory component and a passing score on an exam administered by the department. If a student receives course-specific AP credit, he or she cannot also receive credit for taking the course.

2. A student with an AP test score of 3 or 4 will receive elective credit without particular designation. Students with AP test scores below 3 will not receive credit.

Requirements for the Major in Biology - B.A. with Teaching Option
Biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics

Biology

BIOL-12100, BIOL-12200, BIOL-22400 or BIOL-47800, BIOL-27100, BIOL-30100, BIOL-30200, BIOL-22700, BIOL-35400, BIOL-41100, BIOL-41200

29

One elective course in biology

3-4

Total, biology

32-33

Courses that do not count as electives include any courses listed as required; any level-1 courses; BIOL-20500; BIOL-21000; BIOL-40000; BIOL-40100; and BIOL-40200. Biochemistry I and II (BIOC-35300 and BIOC-35400) may be used as biology electives, but no other courses in biochemistry may count.

Chemistry

CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, CHEM-22100, CHEM-12400

9

Physics or chemistry

PHYS-10100-PHYS-10200 or PHYS-11700, PHYS-11800, PHYS-12000 or CHEM-22200, CHEM-22500, and 304-23200

8-9

Mathematics

MATH-10800 or MATH-11100 or MATH-11200 or MATH-24400

4

Total, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics

53-55

Core education requirements

EDUC-21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

3

COMP-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

EDUC-10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

SLPA-23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

SLPA-22900

Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

2

PSYC-21010

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC-34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC-30810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC-31010

Pedagogy and Practice for the Science Teacher

3

EDUC-41210

Seminar in Reflective Practice

3

EDUC-49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

EDUC-11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

EDUC-11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

Total core education requirements

38

Additional Requirements

• All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English. Students may test out of this requirement by taking the language placement test and placing at level 2.

• All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG-10600 or above.

• All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in their subject. If a student receives an unsuccessful review or a review with stipulations the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the second review is completed.

• Students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC-30810 and EDUC-31010 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.

• EDUC-49810 Professional Semester in Education and the EDUC-41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.

• All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.

• The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

Electives

Outside biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics - to complete humanities and sciences general education requirements

26-29

Total, B.A. in biology with teaching option

120

Requirements for the Major in Biology - B.S.

BIOL-12100

Principles of Biology

4

BIOL-12200

Principles of Biology

4

BIOL-22700

Genetics

4

BIOL-27100

General Ecology

4

BIOL-30100

Literature in Biology

2

BIOL-30200

Research in Biology

3

BIOL-35400

Cell Biology

4

BIOL-41100

Biology Seminar

0.5

BIOL-41200

Biology Seminar

0.5

Total, requirements in the department

26

Biology electives

Courses that do not count as biology electives include any courses listed as required; any level-1 course; BIOL-20500; BIOL-21000, BIOL-40000; BIOL-40100; BIOL-40200. Biochemistry I and II (BIOC-35300 and BIOC-35400) and Special Topics: Biochemistry (BIOC-48100) may count as biology electives.

Two of the three biology electives must have a lab or discussion component (a fourth hour).

One of the three biology electives must be at level 3 or above.

Total, biology electives

11-12

Required courses in other departments

Chemistry

CHEM-12100

Principles of Chemistry

4

CHEM-12400

Experimental Chemistry I

2

CHEM-22100

Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM-22200

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM-22500

Experimental Chemistry II

2

CHEM-23200

Quantitative Chemistry

3

Total, chemistry

17

Physics

Option 1

PHYS-10100 and PHYS-10200

8

Option 2

PHYS-11700, PHYS-11800, and PHYS-12000

9

Total, physics

8-9

Mathematics

MATH-10800 or MATH-11000

4

MATH-11200 or MATH-24400

4

Total, mathematics

8

Total, requirements offered from other departments

33-34

Electives

In any area to complete the 120 credits necessary for graduation

48-50

Summary

Required biology courses

26

Biology electives

11-12

Required courses outside department

33

Free electives

48-50

Total, B.S. in biology

120

Minor in Biology

The biology minor program provides an option for nonmajors who wish to take a substantial number of biology courses and receive recognition for their studies.

Requirements for the Minor

Chemistry (CHEM-11100, CHEM-11200; or CHEM-11700, CHEM-11800)

6

Introductory biology (BIOL-12100,BIOL-12200, or BIOL-11900, BIOL-12000)

8

Level-2 or higher courses in biology (excluding BIOL-20500, BIOL-20000, and BIOL-21000). Biochemistry I and II (BIOC-35300 and BIOC-35400) may count as biology electives

15-16

Total

29-30

Off-Campus Study in Marine Biology

Students can participate in our cooperative programs with the Duke University Marine Lab (North Carolina and Bermuda) or the Sea Education Association of Wood's Hole (with a variety of cruise tracks). For more information on these programs:
National Affiliated Programs in Marine Biology