FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS for Current Students

Note: Please ask the Biology Advisor(s) if you have BIO Major/Minor questions that are not covered below.

  1. Which BIO Major courses should I take in my first semester of my Freshman Year?
    At SBU, Biology starts with calculus and chemistry. In general, a first semester freshman is expected to take Calculus and General Chemistry with lab. Such a freshman's schedule is determined by the student's knowledge of mathematics and/or the student's Math Assessment Level. For more information, please click here.

  2. Do I have to take BIO 201, BIO 202, and BIO 203 in sequence?
    The three introductory biology lecture courses (i.e., BIO 201, 202, and 203) are not a sequence. The courses can be taken in any order as long as the student meets the pre-/co-requisites for the given course.

  3. Can I take BIO 205 first and then BIO 204?
    The introductory biology laboratory courses (i.e., BIO 204 and 205) make up a sequence. They must be taken in order. Very rare exceptions from this rule must be approved by the course director.

  4. I am taking MAP 103. Which science courses can I take at the same time for my BIO Major?
    A student with a Math Assessment Level (MPL) of 2+, 2 or 1 cannot take any BIO Major Courses until after MAP 103 has been completed. Such students have to start by completing MAP 103: Proficiency Algebra. If MAP 101 is offered a student with an MPL of 1 should take MAP 101 and then MAP 103. The semester after completing MAP 103, a biology student should register for MAT 123: Introduction to Calculus (i.e., Pre-Calculus), General Chemistry (i.e., CHE 129/130) plus General Chemistry Lab (CHE 133), if offered. Students cannot register for General Chemistry until they are in Pre-Calculus. Most Biology courses have Math and/or Chem pre- or co-requisites.

  5. If I take an Introductory Biology course (equivalent to one of BIO 201, BIO 202, and BIO 203) elsewhere and this course has a lab, will I get credit/waiver for BIO 204 also?
    You will most likely receive 4 credits towards your Biology Major or Minor. If you are a Biology Major AND this is the ONLY such 200-level Biology course you transfer to SBU, then you must take both of the Introductory Biology Labs (i.e., BIO 204 and 205). You will NOT get a waiver for BIO 204. If you are a Biology Minor, then you would only have to take another Introductory Biology Lecture course plus BIO 204 in addition to the course your transferred to SBU.

  6. If I take two Introductory Biology courses (equivalent to two of BIO 201, BIO 202, and BIO 203) elsewhere and these courses each has a lab, will I get credit/waiver for BIO 204/205 also?
    You will most likely receive 4 credits from each of these courses towards your Biology Major or Minor. If you are a Biology Major or Minor then you will most likely also receive a waiver for both BIO 204 and BIO 205.

  7. I took AP Biology and scored 4 (or 5) on the exam. Will that count towards my BIO Major/Minor?
    The credits will count towards the General Education Requirements (i.e., the 120 total credits). We do not give waivers for any Biology Major courses to students who scored 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam. We used to do so many years ago, but found that many such students performed quite poorly when they took Advanced Level Biology Courses. Consider it this way: You will have a head-start in (usually) BIO 202 over students without AP Biology.

  8. I couldn't register for CHE 133 in my first semester. How do I catch up.
    General Chemistry I Lab is usually offered during Fall, Winter, and Summer I. Use one of these options to catch up with the Suggested Semester Schedule for Biology Majors.

  9. I can't register for the BIO course I want for next semester. The course is listed as open on SOLAR and I have all pre-/co-reqs. However, when I try to register, I get a message saying that I have not met the pre-requisites for the reserved seats. Why is that? What should I do?
    We regularly reserve seats in our courses for (e.g., graduate students, new transfer students, etc.). If the course you want has a SOLAR waitlist, then please make sure to get on that. If it does not have a waitlist option on SOLAR, then please see Lynette Giordano, 110 CMM/BLL to get on the MANUAL waitlist.

  10. I couldn't register for BIO 338. I got a message saying that instructor approval is required. How do I get that?
    Please see Lynette Giordano, 110 CMM/BLL for registration request information.

  11. I was not able to register for a BIO course that I need to take next semester. Departmental consent is required. How do I get that?
    Please see Lynette Giordano, 110 CMM/BLL for all such registration issues.

  12. I couldn't register for an Upper Division BIO Lab. I was told that I do not meet the pre-reqs (of BIO 204 and 205). I did take 2 semesters of BIO Lab at a different school before I came to SBU. How do I get into this course?
    Bring a copy of your transfer transcript to a Biology Advisor.

  13. I couldn't register for an Upper Division BIO Lab. The course is not open even though only a few students are registered for it? Why is that? What should I do?
    Please see Lynette Giordano, 110 CMM/BLL for all such registration issues.  

  14. I want to take MAT 125 and BIO 202 next semester. I want to wait till the summer to take CHE 131. SOLAR won't let me register for MAT 125 and BIO 202. Why?
    MAT 125 is a pre-/co-req for CHE 131 and BIO 202. CHE 131 is a pre-req for BIO 202. CHE must be taken before BIO 202. MAT can be taken before or at the same time as BIO 202.

  15. I need to retake BIO 202 (or BIO 201, 203, 204, 205, 315, 358). I withdrew from it on my first attempt. How do I go about taking it now?
    BIO 202 and a number of other courses are now on the Controlled Access list. Students who wish to retake such a course are encouraged to take it outside of the Academic Year (e.g., take it during Summer or Winter Sessions) or take it at another school. If such a course is taken for the 2nd time outside of the Academic Year, then NO Course Retake Permission is required. Starting Fall 2013, any retake at SBU must be apprived, also for Summer and Winter sessions. During the Academic Year retake requests to take a Controlled Access course for the 2nd time will be handled after all first time takers have had a chance to register. A course retake request for BIO courses must be submitted to Ellen Lopez, 107 CMM/BLL. To submit such a request, you are strongly encouraged to set up an appointment with Ellen Lopez.  

  16. I need to retake BIO 320. I withdrew from it (or Failed it or P/NC'd it) on my first attempt. How do I go about taking it now?
    This course is NOT on the Controlled Access list. You have to request permission to retake (second attempt) any such BIO course from Ellen Lopez, 107 CMM/BLL. To submit such a request, you are strongly encouraged to set up an appointment with Ellen Lopez. All other BIO Major courses (CHE, MAT, PHY, AMS courses) retake requests please see the Undergraduate Course Retake FAQ's for details.

  17. I need to retake a BIO course. I registered for it two times already. The first time I P/NC'd it. The second time I received a grade of D. How do I register for this course?
    You have to submit a completed course retake request to Ellen Lopez, 107 CMM/BLL. To submit such a request, you are strongly encouraged to set up an appointment with Ellen Lopez. In addition, you have to petition Academic Affairs for permission to take the course for the third time. For additional information click here.

Undergraduate Biology, 107-112 CMM/BLL, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5110 - 631 632-8530, 631-632-1680 (fax)