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BIOSC-BAMA - Biological Sciences


Official Name of Program

Biological Sciences

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BAMA - Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts



NYSED Program Code

24602 - BIOSC-BAMA

CIP Code


The Department of Biological Sciences offers a single major for students who intend to prepare for graduate study, medicine, dentistry, secondary school teaching, biotechnology and industry. Students planning to pursue a Biology major are strongly encouraged to declare their major as soon as possible after completing one semester of Principles of Biology. 

Declared majors will be assigned to a faculty adviser who will assist in individual curriculum planning. Students are required to consult with their adviser at least once each semester throughout their undergraduate career to discuss their program and progress.

P/NC Policy

Only a letter grade (A, B, C, D, including + or -) will be accepted by the department in the required science and mathematics courses for the biology major. 


Per Hunter College policy, Biology majors cannot elect the P/NC option in any science or mathematics course required for the major.


Opportunities for Undergraduate Research

Students who wish to undertake a research project as an undergraduate can do so under the supervision of a faculty member must first obtain written permission from that faculty member and then register for the appropriate BIOL 48000 series course. Research opportunities for undergraduates at Hunter are available in cell and molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, neuroscience, cancer biology, microbiology and a variety of other contemporary areas. Students may also arrange with a Biology faculty member to enroll in BIOL 48000 series courses for research performed at one of the several neighboring research institutions. Synopses of faculty research interests can be obtained in the department office or from the Department of Biological Sciences Website Please note that, to qualify for departmental honors at graduation, there is a research requirement (please see below for details).


Honors Work

In order to qualify for departmental honors, students must have a departmental GPA of at least 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0. They must also satisfy a research requirement consisting of either, choose one (a) or (b):

(a) at least 2 research credits of

  • course - Introduction to Experimental Biology

  • course - Introduction to Experimental Biology

(b) at least one course chosen from among

  • course - Laboratory in Cell Structure

  • course - Laboratory in Cell Structure – Biological Electron Microscopy  - OR -

  • course - Workshop in Biotechnology


Additional Information

The research requirement includes a written report resulting from work in any of these courses.