UG BIO Advising for Prospective Students

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Excerpts from the Current Undergraduate Bulletin: "Biology is the study of organisms, including the molecular and cellular basis of life, development of the individual and its genetic basis, maintenance of the individual, and interaction of organisms with their biotic and physical environment." and "Most students majoring in biology prepare for professional study in the biological or health sciences. Some prepare for secondary school teaching, and others for technical positions in industry, including biotechnology, government agencies, and research institutes."

Biology is one of the largest majors at Stony Brook University with about 2,000 majors/minors as of Spring 2013. The Biology Curriculum includes 38 different lecture courses and 20 different lab courses.

The Introductory Biology courses (i.e., BIO 201, 202, 203, 204, 205 or 207) give the students a foundation in the areas of organisms, ecology, evolution, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology. 

The first two to three years of the Biology Major cover the majority of the Pre-Health Pre-Requisites (e.g., Pre-Med, Pre-Dent, Pre-PA, Pre-PT, Pre-Optom, Pre-Vet). Several options are open to Pre-Health students in the beginning of their Life Sciences studies. We recommend that Pre-Health students use BIO 202, 203, 204/205 as the "One Year of Biology and Biology Lab."

At the Advanced level, Biology students elect between:

Developmental Genetics
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Biology
Interdisciplinary Biology
Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics
Biology with Bioengineering Minor
Biology/ Clinical Laboratory Sciences Double Major

Pre-Health Students following the Biology Major should elect the Biology Specialization in which they are most interested, especially if this track will give them the highest grades.

Student Researcher and Mentor

Several of our students explore research opportunities in the fields of the Life Sciences, often beginning in their second or third year. This is a very important experience for many of these students. It is an excellent way of gaining insight in sciencific topics and methods. Such research experiences may help student make decisions about future careers.

Most Biology courses have Mathematics and/or Chemistry Pre-/Co-Requisites. Students have to be at a certain level (Pre-Calculus - MAT 123) in Mathematics before they can take Chemistry. For this reason, it is important for prospective students to make sure that they are as well prepared as possible in Mathematics and Chemistry.  

Prospective Freshmen - At Freshman Orientation you will register for the courses you take in the 1st semester of your Freshman Year (U1). It will depend on your background in Mathematics whether or not you can take Chemistry in your first semester of your U1 Year. If you have no transferable Mathematics courses at Pre-Calculus level or above then you must take the Math Assessment Exam, preferably before you attend Orientation. Please see the Suggested Semester Schedules for Biology Majors above to get an idea of which courses you should take in your first semester.

Prospective Transfer Students - At Transfer Orientation you will register for your first semester courses. Several of the Math and Science Major Advisors (e.g., Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, and Physics) will be present at this event. It is important to establish your background in Mathematics and Chemistry before you see the BIO Advisors at Transfer Orientation. It will depend on your background in Mathematics whether or not you can take Chemistry in your first semester at Stony Brook University. If you have no transferable Mathematics courses at Pre-Calculus level or above then you must take the Math Assessment Exam before you attend Orientation.

Prospective Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Students - Students should contact the School of Professional Development (SPD) and the Pre-Health Advising Center for program details. Post-Baccalaureate students (Post-Baccs) must be apply to and be accepted into the official Post-Baccalaureate Program at Stony Brook University.

Other Pre-Health students with a baccalaureate degree in any discipline may need to retake some or all of the required courses for their desired program. Such students may register with SPD as Graduate Non-Matriculated Students (GSPNM).  

Post-Baccs and GSPNMs may design their own curriculum, in consultation with a Pre-Health Advisor and as needed a Biology Advisor, within the context of these specializations, based on individual interests and needs.

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