Biology

The Biology Program is designed to prepare students for seamless transfer into a four-year SUNY institution as a Biology or Biotechnology major. The curriculum provides academic tracks for Bachelor degrees in biochemistry, cell-molecular biology, microbiology, organismal biology, physiology, nutrition, and the health sciences. The program provides students the opportunity for entrepreneurship in science and technology so they appreciate their intellectual property rights and value to the industry. The Biology A.S. degree and Biotechnology Certificate provides students authentic lab skills required for transfer into a four-year research program and marketable soft skills for career advancement.

“The field needs researchers who can also act as interpreters for the general public. And I've been able to sharpen my communication skills at Tompkins Cortland (along with expanding math skills for the science work).”

– Marc Harrison, 2014 graduate of the Biology program

Certificate

Reverse transfers, can prepare for graduate (Masters and PhD) and advanced health professional (PA and Pharmacy) school admissions by augmenting their principle Bachelors’ degree with science-majors level courses and hands-on lab research experience in the life sciences. There are 24 credits from the core Biology Program curriculum that can be applied towards a Biotechnology Certificate for students preparing for GRE, MCAT or PCAT exams.

Career Opportunities

The market for biotechnology and medical technicians has expanded. Biotechnology (genetics, biochemistry and microbiology) is applied in all sectors of the medical, food, and agricultural industries. New York State has developed several biotechnology corridors and small business incubators in response to rapid growth in these sectors. In the 12 county central NY regions there are 172 companies, employing over 6,000 persons in the biosciences with an average salary of $43,909, 30 percent higher than the regional average. Career opportunities exist as Laboratory Associates or Technicians in research, quality control, and production in areas related to medicine, diagnostics, and manufacturing.

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Program Chair

Jake Jacob

Jacob, James R., Ph.D.

Professor, Biology

Dr. Jacob has published over 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals during his two decades of scientific research performed at Baylor College of Medicine, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, and Cornell University.

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Transfer Options

Graduates may continue their education via seamless transfer to a four-year SUNY college or university. Students have successfully transferred to:

  • Cornell University
  • SUNY College at Cobleskill
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY College at Fredonia
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Jefferson School of Health Professions
  • University at Buffalo

Highlighted Courses

Not all of the highlighted courses are required in both the degree and certificate in this program area. Please be sure to check the degree requirements tab for details about the requirements for each or certificate.

Degree Requirements

A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 60 credits

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16

BIOL104, General Biology I, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BIOL 104.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CHEM107, General Chemistry I, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Unrestricted Elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 1
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CAPS123, Advanced Spreadsheets Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 1
BIOT101, Introduction to Biotechnology Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
FSS138, Freshman Seminar - Math/Science Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ANTH201, Introduction to Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
ANTH295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
COMM101, Mass Media, 3 cr.
ECON101, Introduction to Economics, 3 cr.
ECON120, Principles of Microeconomics, 3 cr.
ECON121, Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 cr.
ENVS107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS108, Environmental Psychology, 3 cr.
ENVS295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
GEOG120, World Regional Geography, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMS206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
POSC103, American National Government, 3 cr.
POSC104, American State and Local Government, 3 cr.
POSC107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
PSYC101, Psychology of Personal Growth, 3 cr.
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC108, Environmental Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC201, Social Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC205, Childhood Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC207, Adolescent Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC208, Adult Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC209, Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC218, Educational Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC263, Development Across the Lifespan, 3 cr.
SOCE201, Human Sexuality, 3 cr.
SOCE205, Organizational Behavior, 3 cr.
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
SOCI103, The American Community, 3 cr.
SOCI201, Sociology of the Family, 3 cr.
SOCI203, Sociology of Race, Power, and Privilege, 3 cr.
SOCI205, Contemporary Social Problems, 3 cr.
SOCI206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
SOCI207, Introduction to Criminology, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

BIOL105, General Biology II, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BIOL 105.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CHEM108, General Chemistry II, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 

Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 14

CHEM205, Organic Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM 205 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
MATH200, Statistics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH201, Calculus I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 4
BIOL211, Ecology Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
BIOL205, General Genetics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
BIOL206, Molecular Genetic Techniques Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
The two Restricted Electives in the degree should be chosen from the following: BIOL 201, BIOL 202, BIOL 205 & 206, BIOL 211, BIOL 216, BIOL 220 & 221, BIOT 295, CHEM 206, MATH 200, MATH 201, PSYC 103, and SOCI 101. Courses should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor and should be based on requirements at the intended four-year transfer institution. Note that many of these courses are Fall-only or Spring-only offerings.
BIOL201, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL202, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL205, General Genetics, 3 cr.
BIOL206, Molecular Genetic Techniques, 1 cr.
BIOL211, Ecology, 4 cr.
BIOL216, General Microbiology, 4 cr.
BIOL220, Cell Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL221, Cell Culture Techniques, 1 cr.
BIOT295H, Biotechnology Seminar Honors, 3 cr.
BIOT295, Biotechnology Seminar, 3 cr.
CHEM206, Organic Chemistry II, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
PHSC211, Physics I (Mechanics and Heat), 4 cr.
PHSC212, Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism), 4 cr.
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
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Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL204, Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
The two Restricted Electives in the degree should be chosen from the following: BIOL 201, BIOL 202, BIOL 205 & 206, BIOL 211, BIOL 216, BIOL 220 & 221, BIOT 295, CHEM 206, MATH 200, MATH 201, PSYC 103, and SOCI 101. Courses should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor and should be based on requirements at the intended four-year transfer institution. Note that many of these courses are Fall-only or Spring-only offerings.
BIOL201, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL202, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL205, General Genetics, 3 cr.
BIOL206, Molecular Genetic Techniques, 1 cr.
BIOL211, Ecology, 4 cr.
BIOL216, General Microbiology, 4 cr.
BIOL220, Cell Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL221, Cell Culture Techniques, 1 cr.
BIOT295H, Biotechnology Seminar Honors, 3 cr.
BIOT295, Biotechnology Seminar, 3 cr.
CHEM206, Organic Chemistry II, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
PHSC211, Physics I (Mechanics and Heat), 4 cr.
PHSC212, Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism), 4 cr.
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
For the two SUNY GEN ED Restricted Electives in the degree, students must select coursework from two different areas chosen from the following: 4-American History, 5-Western Civilization, 6-Other World Civilizations, 8-The Arts, and 9-Foreign Language.
American History

HSTY201, American History to 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY202, American History Since 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY225, African American History, 3 cr.
HSTY233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
HSTY255, Labor History, 3 cr.
WGST233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.

Western Civilization

ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I, 3 cr.
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II, 3 cr.

Other World Civilizations

ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
HSTY110, World History to 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY111, World History Since 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
HSTY252, Native American History: Colonial Policies, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMN232, Introduction to World Religions, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
POSC245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCE150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCI220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.

The Arts

ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
ART102, History and Appreciation of Art II, 3 cr.
ART109, Graphic Design, 3 cr.
ART110, Design I, 3 cr.
ART111, Photography I, 3 cr.
ART112, Photography II, 3 cr.
ART114, Design II, 3 cr.
ART115, Painting I, 3 cr.
ART120, Drawing I, 3 cr.
ART122, Drawing II, 3 cr.
ART130, Ceramics, 3 cr.
ART180, Typography, 3 cr.
ART200, Illustration, 3 cr.
ART270, Computer Graphics I, 3 cr.
ART271, Computer Graphics II, 3 cr.
ENGL105, Beginning Acting, 3 cr.
ENGL200, Screenwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL212, Fiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL255, Writing the Dramatic Television Series, 3 cr.
ENGL256, Playwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL262, Poetry Writing, 3 cr.
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
RECR215, Recreation and the Expressive Arts, 3 cr.
SOCE258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.

Foreign Language

ARAB101, Arabic I, 3 cr.
ARAB102, Arabic II, 3 cr.
CHIN101, Mandarin Chinese I, 3 cr.
CHIN102, Mandarin Chinese II, 3 cr.
FREN101, French I, 3 cr.
FREN102, French II, 3 cr.
FREN201, Intermediate French I, 3 cr.
FREN202, Intermediate French II, 3 cr.
GERM101, Beginning German I, 3 cr.
GERM102, Beginning German II, 3 cr.
ITAL101, Italian I, 3 cr.
ITAL102, Italian II, 3 cr.
RUSN101, Russian I, 3 cr.
RUSN102, Russian II, 3 cr.
SPAN101, Beginning Spanish I, 4 cr.
SPAN102, Beginning Spanish II, 3 cr.
SPAN201, Intermediate Spanish I, 3 cr.
SPAN202, Intermediate Spanish II, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
For the two SUNY GEN ED Restricted Electives in the degree, students must select coursework from two different areas chosen from the following: 4-American History, 5-Western Civilization, 6-Other World Civilizations, 8-The Arts, and 9-Foreign Language.
American History

HSTY201, American History to 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY202, American History Since 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY225, African American History, 3 cr.
HSTY233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
HSTY255, Labor History, 3 cr.
WGST233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.

Western Civilization

ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I, 3 cr.
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II, 3 cr.

Other World Civilizations

ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
HSTY110, World History to 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY111, World History Since 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
HSTY252, Native American History: Colonial Policies, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMN232, Introduction to World Religions, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
POSC245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCE150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCI220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.

The Arts

ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
ART102, History and Appreciation of Art II, 3 cr.
ART109, Graphic Design, 3 cr.
ART110, Design I, 3 cr.
ART111, Photography I, 3 cr.
ART112, Photography II, 3 cr.
ART114, Design II, 3 cr.
ART115, Painting I, 3 cr.
ART120, Drawing I, 3 cr.
ART122, Drawing II, 3 cr.
ART130, Ceramics, 3 cr.
ART180, Typography, 3 cr.
ART200, Illustration, 3 cr.
ART270, Computer Graphics I, 3 cr.
ART271, Computer Graphics II, 3 cr.
ENGL105, Beginning Acting, 3 cr.
ENGL200, Screenwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL212, Fiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL255, Writing the Dramatic Television Series, 3 cr.
ENGL256, Playwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL262, Poetry Writing, 3 cr.
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
RECR215, Recreation and the Expressive Arts, 3 cr.
SOCE258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.

Foreign Language

ARAB101, Arabic I, 3 cr.
ARAB102, Arabic II, 3 cr.
CHIN101, Mandarin Chinese I, 3 cr.
CHIN102, Mandarin Chinese II, 3 cr.
FREN101, French I, 3 cr.
FREN102, French II, 3 cr.
FREN201, Intermediate French I, 3 cr.
FREN202, Intermediate French II, 3 cr.
GERM101, Beginning German I, 3 cr.
GERM102, Beginning German II, 3 cr.
ITAL101, Italian I, 3 cr.
ITAL102, Italian II, 3 cr.
RUSN101, Russian I, 3 cr.
RUSN102, Russian II, 3 cr.
SPAN101, Beginning Spanish I, 4 cr.
SPAN102, Beginning Spanish II, 3 cr.
SPAN201, Intermediate Spanish I, 3 cr.
SPAN202, Intermediate Spanish II, 3 cr.
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SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Degree Requirements

Certificate: Biotechnology
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 24 credits
Choose one course from the courses listed below:
BIOL101, Principles of Biology I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
BIOL104, General Biology I, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one course from the courses listed below:
BIOL112, Essentials of Medical Microbiology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
BIOL216, General Microbiology, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
BIOL206, Molecular Genetic Techniques, 1 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
BIOL221, Cell Culture Techniques, 1 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one course from the courses listed below:
BIOT101, Introduction to Biotechnology, 1 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
FSS138, Freshman Seminar - Math/Science, 1 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one course from the courses listed below:
BIOT295H, Biotechnology Seminar Honors, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
BIOT295, Biotechnology Seminar, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one course from the courses listed below:
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CAPS123, Advanced Spreadsheets, 1 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Chemistry Requirement
Choose one set of courses from the following sets listed below:
 
CHEM101, Principles of Chemistry I, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CHEM102, Principles of Chemistry II, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CHEM107, General Chemistry I, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CHEM108, General Chemistry II, 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select 1 course from the list below:
MATH120, College Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH122, Technical Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Featured Faculty

  • James R. Jacob Ph.D.

    Professor, Biology
    Dr. Jacob has published over 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals during his two decades of scientific research performed at Baylor College of Medicine, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, and Cornell University. He is also listed as co-inventor on four patents, with several in application.
  • Kelly Wessell Ph.D.

    Professor, Biology
    Kelly received his Ph.D. in aquatic entomology from Michigan State University. His research interests include bioassassment of large river ecosystems and non-point source pollution of streams, but his passion is teaching. Kelly is the Environmental Studies Chairperson and regularly teaches ecology, evolution, and biodiversity courses for science majors and non-majors.
  • Jasmine LaMontain

    Technical Specialist Science Labs
    Chemical Hygiene Officer

    Jasmine manages the campus biology lab, making her a familiar face to students in all of the College’s science programs.

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