Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Department of Biology

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

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, B.A.
Biology, B.A. with Teaching Option
Biology, B.S.
Biology Minor

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 CHEM 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 40810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC 41010

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 40810 and EDUC 41010 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.

• EDUC 49810 Professional Semester in Education and 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 11100

     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 see "National Affiliated Programs in Marine Biology" in the "International Programs" section.
National Affiliated Programs in Marine Biology