B.A. in Biology

A major in biology will automatically fulfill the requirements for admission to almost all graduate programs as well as most medical, dental, and veterinary schools. The 120 credit Bachelor of Arts degree provides a foundation that can be applied to diverse work settings. This degree program covers the fundamentals of biology with opportunities to explore a wide range of subjects such as primate anatomy, human genetics, the plant kingdom, marine biology and microbiology.

Admission Requirements

  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

Academic Policies

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 Biological and Environmental Sciences at LIU Post.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Art degree in Biology must complete BIO103, 104 and 105, by the end of their freshman year and BIO 107, 108, 109 and 110 by the end of their junior year. BIO 111 must be taken in the senior year. In addition, students must take a minimum of three advanced Biology courses, at least one course from the cell/molecular advanced electives (BIO 200-249) and at least one course from the ecology/evolution electives (BIO 250-289).

Undergraduate research courses (BIO 297, 298 & 299) may not be used as advanced Biology electives, but may be taken for general elective credit with the permission of the department chair.

Qualified Juniors and Seniors (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.

Check out the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean