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Program Requirements

All Biology majors (except those pursuing degrees in adolescence education) are required to complete CLA 6, CHM 3 and 4, MTH 7 and 8, CHM 21 and 22, and PHY 3 and 4.

Transfer students entering with one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry will satisfy the one-year organic chemistry requirement.

Transfer students please note that at least 15 advanced biology credits must be taken in the Department of Biology at LIU Post.

It is advisable for pre-medical and pre-dental students to take the admission tests (MCAT or DAT) in the spring of their junior year, and they should plan to complete their required CHM 3, 4, 21 and 22 and PHY 3 and 4 no later than the end of that year.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in biology must complete BIO 103, 104 and 105, by the end of the freshman year and BIO 106, 107, 108, 109 and 110 by the end of the junior year. BIO 111 must be taken in the senior year. In addition, students must take a minimum of four advanced biology courses, at least two from the cell/molecular concentration and at least two from the ecology/evolution concentration. B.S. students are encouraged to pursue research projects and may take BIO 298 and 299 (Biological Research I and II) with permission from the chair and the advising faculty member. B.S. students interested in pursuing careers in ecology related fields are strongly advised to take BIO 297. BIO 297, 298 and 299 credits do not count as advanced biology elective credits.

Graduate Courses

Juniors and seniors with a 3.25 cumulative average may take up to 12 credits of 500-level graduate courses to satisfy advanced biology elective credits. Written approval is required from the appropriate academic counselor, chair, and dean. See Graduate Bulletin for listing of courses.