In addition to providing the three academic programs described below, the Biology Department supports other academic majors at Farmingdale State College by giving courses that are required for those curricula (either as prerequisite(s) or as part of their curriculum displays), and by offering a variety of courses that qualify as Liberal Arts electives, many of which also fulfill the General Education Natural Science Core requirement.
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The three academic programs offered by the Biology Department are:
Bachelor of Science in Bioscience , a program 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.
Certificate in Sciences for the Health Professions , a post-baccalaureate pro-professional program intended to meet the needs of students with bachelor’s degrees in non-science fields who seek a career change into the health professions, but lack some or all of the necessary science and mathematics background. It thus offers an affordable means for academically qualified students to prepare themselves for admission into professional programs in this field.
Minor in Biology for students who wish to incorporate a study of biology into their academic background. In addition to the freshman Biological Principles sequence, the recommended list of courses provides the opportunity to explore various specialties within the field of Biology.
Prof. Stuart Chaskes, Chair
Dr. Sarah Gross, Acting Director of Bioscience Curriculum
Dr. Robert Crocker, Coordinator, Sciences for the Health Professions Certificate
Anna Brewer, Secretary, Biology Department