Biology in CAS vs. CALS

<p>the cornell website says that you can major in biology in both schools, but i was wondering what the differences are between the bio departments in arts and sciences and agriculture and life sciences?</p>

<p>Nothing. It's the same bio department. The differences lie in the elective requirements of the two colleges and tuition rates but the bio major is exactly the same.</p>

<p>Yep yep yep. If you're a NYS resident, go for CALS for the $$. Otherwise, if you aren't set on biological science then go for CAS because transfering out of CALS will be a pain.</p>

<p>Is one of them easier to get into?</p>

<p>CAS has a lower acceptance rate, but not by too much.</p>

<p>plus CALS separates its applicants by major, and I think bio is one of the toughtest to get into</p>

<p>How about appyling for Nutrition or Food Science?</p>

<p>There's a lot of arts requirements for the Arts and Sciences on top of the requirements for the bio major. I don't think CALS has any that aren't already required by the bio major, but I may be wrong.</p>

<p>On another note, would a biology degree from CALS be perceived in the same way as a biology degree from Arts and Sciences?</p>

<p>If you're in the Arts, you get a BA. If you are in CALS you get a BS. I think the BA is more intensive and it will make you more of a well rounded individual. But generally I think BS is viewed as more science oriented and hence more favorable for pharmaceutical companies, for example. Personally I would go with the BA because it's more rigorous. Also, some may disagree with me, but there is a certain amount of disdain for the land grant schools here. Hotelies probably have it the worst even though their school is private. But they end up making a lot of money so it really doesn't matter. And really none of this matters because you usually don't go asking people what school they are in unless you are a freshman.</p>

<p>well u can also take bio via the college of human ecology, which is more centered on biology pertaining to the human body rather than things like microbiology and stuff like that, which youd probably get at CALS and CAS</p>

<p>id shoot for CALS if youre pre med or looking to go into the medicine world out of those two, but CHE might be the better choice for that</p>

<p>otherwise, if you want a well rounded education check out CAS</p>

<p>A BA is not more rigorous necessarily, it simply has a broader breadth requirement than a BS. Honestly, there's very little difference and 99% of employers and grad school admissions officers will look at your transcript anyway. If anything, a BS is more valuable if you are interested in grad school. In my own experience, I loaded up on classes in CAS (I was in CALS) and ended up having as many humanities and social science courses as anyone in CAS who would receive a BA. Again, the difference is in what's required (i.e., a language requirement in CAS, and a math requirement in CALS--I'm assuming this is still true, I graduated in 02).</p>


<p>The Bio requirements are the same but CAS has many more requirements than CALS, hence, in my opinion, a BA is more difficult to get.</p>

<p>Math is also required in CAS and if you are taking bio, two semesters of math is required for graduation, at least one of which must be calculus. If you are a bio major in CAS, you must also fulfill these requirements.</p>

<p>-4 courses in science and quantitative reasoning
-5 courses of 3 or more credits from these five categories of humanities and social sciences: cultural analysis, historical analysis, knowledge cognition and moral reasoning, literature and the arts, and social and behavioral analysis.
-You also have to fulfill a breadth and depth requirement, requiring you to study a subject on people from other than the US and before the 20th century.
-Language: You either have to take 11 credits of an introductory sequence or an intermediate level language course (200 level) Transferring credit is not easy and even if you have taken the AP, you need to take a placement test.
-2 credits of PE
-100 credits total from CAS</p>

<p>APs do not replace any of the distribution requirements.
Also I don't think CAS accepts any credits from community college or if you took a college credited course in HS setting.</p>

<p>I might be missing something else but I think this is pretty much it.<br>