Bachelor’s Degrees

At Queens College, you can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology or in Biology – Education. If you take four semesters of research for credit you are also eligible to defend an Honors Thesis. The difference between BA and Bachelor of Science (BS) is mainly historical and different CUNY campuses offer different designations; QC offers a BA.

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 your Math requirement, then you cannot also count it as a 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) 300-level electives (not including 39X, 381, 387)
  9. AT LEAST 20 BIOL credits above Biology 106, taken at QC
  10. Transfers: a maximum of 16 BIOL credits in the major
  11. Required and elective courses applied to other majors or minors cannot be applied toward Biology-major elective requirements (Note: up to 10 BIOL credits are allowed to overlap a Health minor)

Below are links to forms outlining various Biology degree requirements that you can use for planning and tracking your progress.

Nonmajors Courses

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

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? Save money and time by joining our Accelerated Graduate Track— visit this page and select “Biology” for more details!

For tuition information, see here.