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  • B.S. in Biology

    An exciting curriculum that combines classroom study with experience-based learning
    Study, research and prepare for medical school, graduate studies or a career in the health sciences.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Biology B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements* 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Natural Science 36 Credits
Major Elective 6 Credits
Open Electives 18 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in biology must complete all the biology core courses along with the courses in their track:*

Required General Education Courses

  • BIOL 160 General Biology I Lecture**
  • BIOL 160A General Biology I Lab
  • BIOL 161 General Biology II Lecture**
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry I Lecture**
  • CHEM 160A General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 161 General Chem II Lecture**
  • CHEM 161A General Chem II Lab

Required Major Courses

  • CHEM 260 Organic Chem I Lecture
  • CHEM 260A Organic Chem I Lab
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chem II Lecture
  • CHEM 261A Organic Chem II Lab
  • CHEM 354 Biochemistry
  • BIOL 161A General Biology II Lab
  • BIOL 244 Ecology
  • BIOL 275 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 355 Molecular Biol of the Cell
  • BIOL 360 Genetics
  • BIOL 366 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 460 Coordinating Seminar Biology

Two of the Following Major Electives:

  • BIOL 252 Plant Biology
  • BIOL 265 Microbiology Lecture
  • BIOL 265A Microbiology Lab
  • BIOL 280 Histology
  • BIOL 309 Human Physiology/Bio Med Scinc
  • BIOL 310 Immunology
  • BIOL 317 Clinical Neuroscience
  • BIOL 370 Research in Biology I
  • BIOL 380 Co-op Biology I
  • BIOL 397 Independent Study Biol
  • BIOL 430 Seminar Current Topics Biol

The department recommends that students planning to enter graduate school, medical school, or research take:

MATH 260 - 261
PHYS 160 - 161

* Students must complete MATH 116 (rather than MATH 115) as part of their General Education  requirements.

** These courses fulfill 15 credits of the General Education requirements.

To complete major concentration, corequisite lab courses must be taken.

Students who have not taken Regents High School Biology and obtained a score of 75 or higher are advised to take BIOL 122 prior to BIOL 160.

There is a 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of biology that must be completed with courses numbered BIOL 230 and above. CHEM 354 may also be used to meet this requirement.

Students enrolling in natural science courses must earn at least a letter grade of C in all prerequisite courses. It is recommended that students be at the level of English 111 when enrolling in all natural science courses. Students in the biology major may not repeat a course more than once.

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Can I attend the program part-time?
Yes. You can take as little as one course per semester. The program is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate working adults and many students attend part-time. Day, night and weekend classes are available.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How is Mercy's program unique?
We offer a flexible schedule that helps meet the demands of students working full time. Our small class size facilitates a close relationship among the students and between students and faculty.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Should I finish the General Education requirements before starting my major?
No. Because of the rigor of the program a combination of General Education courses and major-level courses is recommended. Students should contact the Program Coordinator as early as possible to plan their course of study.
If I plan to go to Graduate School, is this the program for me?
Yes. The program will prepare you for both Master's and Doctorate level work. Additional courses in mathematics or physics may be required.
What type of student is well suited for the program?
Because the curriculum is rigorous, the program is designed for people who can work across disciplines, among them Biology, Chemistry and the Biomedical Sciences.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
When can I apply to the Biology Program?
As early as your freshman year. If you’re considering it, contact the Chair or Program Directors as early as possible to plan courses.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
What is the Biology Major?
A program that prepares students for careers in the life sciences, medicine and biomedical sciences, as well as teaching, graduate school, or medical school, where there is a strong need for integration of the biological and physical sciences will be prepared.
Henry Knizeski, Jr. Professor, Biology
Juan Bruses Professor, Biology
Peter Minorsky Professor, Biology
Geetha Surendran Associate Professor, Natural Sciences
Nancy Beverly Associate Professor, Natural Sciences
Anthony Canger Associate Professor, Biology
Astrid Mel Assistant Professor, Program Head, Exercise Science
Renee Haskew-Layton Assistant Professor, Natural Science

Biology Overview

If you're seeking a career in life and physical sciences, a Biology major provides a sound foundation. The Biology Program grants a Bachelor of Science degree. 

The Program also provides preparation for:

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Health Professional Studies
  • Health Sciences

The Biology Program offers a wide selection of electives to meet the interests and needs of the student. These range from courses in organism biology and biomedical sciences. Opportunities in Cooperative Education, Independent Study and Internships are also available. All students are required to participate in a capstone project in their senior year.

Biology FAQS

How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Five year B.S./M.S. Teacher Education Program

Interested in becoming a teacher? Take a look at our B.S./M.S. Dual Degree Program which allows students interested in the teaching profession to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree at an accelerated pace.

If you are interested in becoming an English teacher, you are already part way there, students who major as undergraduates in English may receive certification in Secondary Education, Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education

To learn more please visit the School of Education website.

Meet Renee Haskew-Layton, Program Head, Biology

Learn more about her story and explore Biology at Mercy College. 

Biology Fast Facts

  • Complete an internship with a research lab
  • Enrichment programs through STEM
  • Wide-range of courses and topics
  • Prepares graduates to work or continue studying in many different fields

Career Opportunities

Biology graduates may work as:

  • Teachers (with proper certification)
  • Laboratory Research Technicians (Academia, Industry, or Government)
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical sales and marketing

Biology graduates may also advance to:

  • Master's and/or Doctorate in
    • Biological Sciences
    • Biomedical Sciences
  • Homeopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Podiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Accelerated RN-Nurse Practitioner
  • Forensics

Biology Accolades

Step Up to STEM

Biology major students can participate in STEM related activities such as the summer enrichment program, peer mentoring program, tutoring, and supplemental instruction.  All these activities support Hispanic and low-income students attaining degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Biology Objectives

  • Master the requisite core concepts and competencies necessary for biological literacy and practice.
  • Be proficient and ethical in standard laboratory or field research including: use of standard instrumentation, performing routine calculations, maintaining laboratory notebooks, and interpreting experimental results.
  • Access and understand the scientific literature, prepare and deliver clear and cogent presentations of experimental results, and obtain proficiency in scientific writing.
  • Understand the impact of science on society and its application to community, global service, and sustainability.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Synthesize and explain core concepts to demonstrate a broad and in depth knowledge of the biological sciences
  • Utilize the scientific method to formulate hypothesis, design and conduct experiments, perform quantitative analysis, and critically evaluate experimental results
  • Access and understand the scientific literature, prepare, and deliver clear and cogent presentations of experimental results, and obtain proficiency in scientific writing
  • Work independently and collaboratively to think critically about scientific questions, create problem solving strategies, and present scientific findings
  • Exhibit proficiency in laboratory techniques in the biological sciences, troubleshoot experiments, and demonstrate safe laboratory practices
  • Demonstrate proficiency in data entry and statistical analysis relevant to the biological sciences
  • Exhibit ethical behavior in science and to evaluate the implications of unethical scientific conduct
  • Apply their core scientific knowledge to examine basic, applied and societal topics in biology and to explain how life science professionals use strategies and techniques to address these issues