The Undergraduate Program in Biology & Medicine (UPBM)


BA in Biology (BIO) 

Track Advisors

Danielle Presgraves Danielle Presgraves, PhD
BIO Track Coordinator & Major Advisor 
Department: Biology 
Office: Room 478, Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-2634
McNabney Daniel McNabney, PhD
BIO Track Coordinator & Major Advisor 
Department: Biology 
Office: Room 477, Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-8973

How to Declare Your Major/Applying for Acceptance
  1. Meet with Marianne Arcoraci to make a schedule for completing major requirements and receive advisor assignment
  2. Meet with major advisor to review schedule for approval
    • E-mail Dr. Presgraves or Dr. McNabney directly to set-up an appointment
    • Provide at least 2 - 3 days and times you are able to meet with them
    • Wait for follow-up e-mail to confirm appointment before attending
    • Your advisor will provide further advisement and make any further changes directly on the schedule and sign off on it
  3. Drop off a copy of the signed schedule to Marianne Arcoraci at Hutchison 487
  4. Fill out On-Line College Declaration Form at:

Major Requirements Effective for Class of 2019...

Introductory Courses: 3 Courses, 12 Credits

1) Select one of the following:

2) Select one of the following:

3) Select one of the following:

Laboratory Experience: 1 & ½ Laboratories (2 - 3 Courses)

Advanced Courses: 2 Courses, 8 Credits

1) Select one from Group ‘A’

2) Select one from Group ‘B’

Diversification Elective: 3 Courses, 12 Credits

Ancillary Requirements: 6 Courses, 24 Credits with Indicated Labs

1) General Chemistry I - Select one:

2) General Chemistry II - Select one:

3) Organic Chemistry I - Select one:

4) Physics I - Select one:

5) Calculus I - Select one:

6) Statistics - Select one:

Upper-Level Writing (ULW) Requirements (2 Courses)

All biology majors must complete two upper-level writing (ULW) courses. Although students are strongly encouraged to complete both ULW requirements by taking biological science courses (BIO, BCH, MBI, NSC) an upper-level writing course within a natural science discipline may also be used to meet one of the requirements; i.e.: CHM 210w. Writing courses within the humanities and social sciences may not be applied to biology major. See upper-level writing requirement for more information on which courses satisfy this requirement.

Preparing for a Medicine/Health Professions:

Graduate/medical degree programs in the health professions frequently have admissions requirements that include two semesters a) general chemistry, b) organic chemistry, c) general physics, and d) calculus. Some programs may have additional requirements such as biochemistry and/or microbiology.

For detailed information on premed course requirements, academic planning, and the MCAT, visit the Health Professions Advising website at:

Exception to Major Requirements

What is a petition? A petition is a written request to the UPBM Committee of Track Coordinators for a variance of the extant rules/regulations. This may be, for example, a request for substitution or acceptance of a course that is not ordinarily part of the UPBM curriculum.

Students with requests for exceptions to the requirements are required to consult with their academic advisor. For some exceptions, it may be necessary to submit a petition to the UPBM Committee.

General Major Requirements

The Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine (UPBM) requires students to maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in the major, excluding allied field courses. Be sure to visit the general degree requirements for more information on double majors, double degrees, and honors in research.