Biological Sciences Major

The Department of Biological Sciences offers two undergraduate degrees: the bachelor of science (B.S.) and the bachelor of arts (B.A.). Beyond the chemistry, physics, and math requirements, majors must complete a minimum of nine courses in biology for a B.S. degree and seven for a B.A. degree. Lecture and lab courses that must be taken concurrently.

The program of biology courses is structured in the following way:

CourseTitleCredits
Biology Courses
Core Courses
Select one of the following sequences: 1
Sequence 1:
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB I
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB II
Sequence 2:
INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY I (Summer)
INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY II (Summer)
BISC 2539
BISC 2549
GENERAL GENETICS
and GENERAL GENETICS LAB
5
BISC 2561
BISC 2571
ECOLOGY
and ECOLOGY LAB
5
Distribution Courses
Select a minimum of two of the following:
HUMAN ANATOMY
and HUMAN ANATOMY LAB
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
and HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY LAB
BIOCHEMISTRY
MICROBIOLOGY
and MICROBIOLOGY LAB
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
CELL BIOLOGY
Chemistry Courses
CHEM 1321
CHEM 1331
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
6
CHEM 1322
CHEM 1332
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
6
CHEM 2521
CHEM 2541
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
6
CHEM 2522
CHEM 2542
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II
6
Physics Courses
Select one of the following sequences:
Sequence 1:
PHYSICS I
and PHYSICS I LAB
PHYSICS II
and PHYSICS II LAB
Sequence 2:
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and PHYSICS I LAB
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and PHYSICS II LAB
Calculus Course 3
Select one of the following:
CALCULUS I
CALCULUS II
APPLIED CALCULUS I
APPLIED CALCULUS II
Elective Courses
Select three elective BISC courses for the B.S. degree and one for the B.A. degree 2
1

Either sequence of introductory courses is a prerequisite for all other biology courses in the major.

2

Elective courses, comprising all noncore courses offered (but including additional distribution courses beyond the two needed to meet Distribution Courses requirement above).

3

A score of 4 or 5 in AP Calculus AB or BC will fulfill the Mathematics requirement.

It is recommended that freshmen take the following in their first year:

CourseTitleCredits
Calculus:
CALCULUS I
CALCULUS II
APPLIED CALCULUS I
APPLIED CALCULUS II
BISC 1403
BISC 1413
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB I
5
CHEM 1321
CHEM 1331
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
6
BISC 1404
BISC 1414
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB II
5
CHEM 1322
CHEM 1332
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
6

Note that BISC 1403, BISC 1404, CHEM 1321, and CHEM 1322 (with their respective labs) are prerequisites for all advanced biology courses.

The following requirement is best fulfilled in sophomore year:

CourseTitleCredits
CHEM 2521
CHEM 2541
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
CHEM 2522
CHEM 2542
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II

The following requirement is best fulfilled in junior year:

CourseTitleCredits
Physics sequence options:
Sequence 1:
PHYSICS I
and PHYSICS I LAB
PHYSICS II
and PHYSICS II LAB
Sequence 2:
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and PHYSICS I LAB
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and PHYSICS II LAB

C- is the minimum accepted grade for all courses in the biology major. All majors must meet with their faculty adviser each semester prior to registration to have their course schedules approved.

The following courses are college Core Curriculum Life Science courses and are not applicable to the major:

CourseTitleCredits
BISC 1000LIFE ON THE PLANET EARTH
BISC 1001HUMAN BIOLOGY
BISC 1002ECOLOGY: A HUMAN APPROACH
BISC 1005AIDS: A CONSPIRACY OF CELLS
BISC 1008THE FINCH, THE SEED, AND THE STORM: ADVENTURES IN CONTEMPORARY EVOLUTION
BISC 1010FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGY

Biology majors are expected to take all of their required major courses at Fordham. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for certain rare and compelling reasons.

Availability

The major in biological sciences is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in biological sciences only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill campus.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.