Frequently Asked Questions
Note: Please ask a Biology Advisor if you have BIO Major/Minor questions that are not covered below.
To declare a Biology major, minor, or specialization, fill out the Major/Minor Declaration
Form on SOLAR. No appointment is necessary. Within 3 days, check your Degree Works Report and SOLAR Unofficial Transcript to ensure
that your declared major, minor, and/or specialization has posted.
The Major/Minor Declaration Form is available starting from the date listed in the Academic Calendar.
BIO BS students MUST officially declare a specialization to graduate.
You can use our Course Equivalency Guide to find transferable courses at other schools that can be applicable to major and general degree requirements at Stony Brook. The direct Stony Brook equivalents will be posted on this page, if available. We encourage you to call Academic and Transfer Advising services at 631-632-7082 (Opt. 2) if you need assistance navigating this page. Always confirm with a Biology Advisor that the course you are taking will be accepted toward the major BEFORE enrolling in the class.
To then transfer your credits to Stony Brook, please send final official transcripts to :
Academic and Transfer Advising Services
E-2360 Melville Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3353
Most of your general admissions questions can be answered on Stony Brook's Undergraduate Admissions main page. Specific information on cost and aid can be found here. You can also call Undergraduate Admissions at 631-632-6868.
We do not have admissions requirements specific to the Biology Major that differ from the general transfer admissions requirements. You can use our Course Equivalency Guide to find transferable courses at your school that may be applicable to major and degree requirements. The direct Stony Brook equivalents will be posted on this page. You can use this tool to see what your credits will transfer to Stony Brook as. I would encourage you to call Academic and Transfer Advising services at 631-632-7082 (opt. 2) if you need assistance navigating this page.
BIO 459 is a zero credit course for students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC). This course does not meet or have assignments; you register simply to indicate that you are intending to complete your Upper-Division Writing Requirement in an appropriate co-requisite upper-division Biology course. When you submit your Upper-Division Writing Requirement and it is marked "satisfactory" by the Writing Program, you will receive an "S" grade in BIO 459.
If you are following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) and want to satisify the general education requirement "Write Effectively Within One's Discipline" (WRTD), you should register for BIO 459. Students following DEC do not need to register for BIO 459, as this course does not satisfy a course in their general education requirements. All upper division BIO courses that typically can fullfilll the upper division writing requirement are also noted on the second page of the BIO Graduation Checklists.
The degree progress report does not always accurately reflect courses in your major or minor. It is also often not updated once an Upper Division Writing Requirement has been approved. Please go by what you have discussed with Biology advisors for your major and minor, rather than what you see on your major/minor portion of the degree progress report. This will not affect your graduation approval.
You can also see what classes that you need to graduate on the BIO Undergraduate Bulletin. There are also Major Checklists for the BIO major, minor, and specializations. You must get C or higher for a course to count towards the major.
This means that a course transferred from a community college has been evaluated as equivalent to an upper division BIO elective by Undergraduate Biology (ex. BIO 315). This course will be treated as equivalent to the upper division elective for the major, but the credits will not be included in the count for the 39 general upper division credits needed for your Stony Brook University degree.