Queens CUNY Lockup Mobile Logo

Bachelor’s Degrees

At Queens College you can get a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, or a Bachelor of Arts in Biology – Education. If you take four semesters of research for credit you are also eligible to defend an Honors Thesis.

Requirements for the Biology Major

  1. At least 36 credits in BIOL courses (not including 39X, 387)
  2. Biology 105 and 106 (or their equivalents), taken at the same college
  3. CHEM 113 and 114
  4. CHEM 102 or 251
  5. One of: MATH 151, MATH 142, BIOL 230. Note: If you choose Biol 230 to fulfil the Math requirement, then it will not also count as a BIOL lab elective (see point 7 below).
  6. At least two of: BIOL 285, BIOL 286, BIOL 287
  7. At least four (4) laboratory or field courses as electives
  8. At least three (3) electives at the 300 level (not including 39X, 381, 387)
  9. At least 20 of the BIOL credits above Biology 106, taken at Queens College
  10. Transfers: a maximum of 16 BIOL credits as transfer credits in the major
  11. Required and elective courses applied to other majors or minors cannot be applied towards Biology-major elective requirements (Note: up to 10 BIOL credits are allowed to overlap a Health minor)

Click the links below for forms outlining these and other (Biology minor and Biology Education major) requirements that you can use to chart your progress:

The difference between the B.A. and the B.S. is mainly historical and differs among campuses. Queens College offers a B.A.

Nonmajors Courses

Are you majoring in something else?  The Biology Department offers survey and topic-oriented courses (designated as the 001-099 series) that have been designed for non majors.  Most of these courses have recitation/discussion sections rather than formal laboratories.

Accelerated Graduate Track

Are you an undergraduate Biology major with at least a 3.0 GPA who might want to pursue a Master’s degree afterwards?  You can save money and time by joining our Accelerated Graduate Track— click here for more details!

For tuition information, see here.