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Curriculum Information Guide


Dr. Sarah Gross, Chair
Biology Department
School of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Biology Department offers a baccalaureate in Bioscience designed to produce versatile graduates prepared for a wide range of positions in the rapidly developing bioscience field or for entry into graduate or professional programs in the life and health sciences. This program combines a strong foundation in the biological sciences and supporting subjects (emphasizing both theoretical concepts and hands-on laboratory methods) with sequences of Technical Electives that enable the student to acquire advanced preparation in one or more applications of bioscience. Technical Electives are selected with advisement according to the objectives of the individual student, and can be drawn from higher level Biology courses or from other academic majors at the College, thus providing the opportunity to gain breadth and depth in a variety of disciplines.

The Biology faculty are committed to supporting student learning in the classroom and laboratory, and to fostering student scholarly activity. Recommended students in Bioscience have the opportunity to gain work experience in an elective credit-bearing internship. This can be through placement into a pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, or cosmetic manufacturing facility, forensic laboratory, genetic testing laboratory, veterinary facility, research laboratory, or other bioscience-related institution off campus, or by invitation into an on-campus credit-bearing research internship under the mentorship of a Biology faculty member.

Typical Employment Opportunities and Graduate/Professional School Options

Examples of career paths and graduate/professional school opportunities for which this program can provide preparation are presented below, with sequences of Technical Electives that are recommended to provide the background necessary to pursue these career or postgraduate career goals:


(computer-based mapping and comparison of genomic and other biologically-derived data, with applications such as predicting the function of gene products and developing pharmacogenomic treatments of disease): job titles include Scientific Curator, Gene Analyst, Protein Analyst, Structural Analyst, Molecular Modeler, Biostatistician, Pharmacogenetician. Recommended Technical Electives: Computer Concepts/Problem Solving, Foundations of Computer Programming I & II, UNIX Operating System, Database, Perl Programming


(pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmeceutical production, ranging from fermentation and raw material extraction to processing and finishing): job titles include Compounding Supervisor, Process Development Associate, Production Planning Scheduler, Quality Assurance Auditor, Quality Control Analyst, Regulatory Affairs Specialist. Recommended Technical Electives: Management Theory & Practices, Contemporary Business Communications, Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Biopharmaceutical Regulation, Validation & Regulatory Affairs

Bioscience Laboratory Research & Analysis

(life sciences research support, biotechnology research & development, FDA regulated industry production): job titles include Bioscience Laboratory Associate, Bioscience Laboratory Technician, Food Quality Laboratory Technician, Microbiologist, Development Technician, Quality Control Receiving Inspector. Recommended Technical Electives: Organic Chemistry I & II, Biochemistry, Lab Management & Informatics, Laboratory Research/Education

Graduate/Professional School Admissions:

for those students specifically seeking entry into graduate programs in the life sciences or into professional programs in the health sciences, a sequence of Technical Electives can be chosen to earn the academic credentials necessary to meet admissions requirements of such programs. Recommended Technical Electives: Calculus I with Applications, College Physics I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Biochemistry, Lab Management & Informatics. (See Pre-Health Professions Advisement on the Farmingdale State College website.)

Note that training and licensure in Molecular Diagnostics (Molecular Pathology) is available through the BS in Medical Technology rather than through Bioscience.

Bioscience (BS) Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will have the ability to effectively seek out and process scientific information, including primary sources and genomic databases.
  • Graduates will demonstrate mastery of basic laboratory skills, expertise in the operation of modern instrumentation, adherence to laboratory safety standards, and good practices.
  • Graduates will be able to process experimentally derived data and to communicate results effectively by written, graphical, digital, and verbal means.

Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 120-121

Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.


1. One Writing Intensive course and one Applied Learning course in any of the above courses is required for graduation.

2. Students must complete a minimum of 45 credits of 300- or 400- level courses to graduate. 

3. Technical Electives may be chosen from selected courses in the departments of Anthropology (ANT), Biology (BIO), Business (BUS), Chemistry (CHM), Computer Systems (BCS), Horticulture (HOR), Industrial Technology (IND), Mathematics (MTH), Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), Physics (PHY), and Psychology (PSY). Courses which satisfy technical elective requirements are listed in the Bioscience Student Advisement Sheet.

4. To continue in the Bioscience BS degree program, a grade of C- or better must be maintained in every Biology and Chemistry course that serve as prerequisites for other courses in the Bioscience major. Earning a grade of less than C- in two required Biology and/or Chemistry courses will result in suspension from the Bioscience curriculum for at least one year. If a student fails to attend the first three laboratory sessions in a course, they may be disenrolled from the course (both lecture and lab, as applicable). Exceptions to these policies can only be made by the Chair of the Biology Department when extenuating circumstances exist.

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.