Biology (B.A., B.S.)
Biology (teacher education) (B.A.)
Our biology department fosters a strong sense of community: biology majors work side by side with professors who know them by name. You'll learn from full-time faculty who are committed to teaching students at all levels, in the laboratory, in the field, and in the classroom. Each professor has a personal laboratory where you'll use state-of-the-art equipment: you'll be the one operating the fluorescence microscope or the ultracentrifuge or using the controlled-condition plant growth facility to conduct sophisticated, original research.
In addition to hands-on research, you're encouraged to attend regional and national conferences to present your results. Our biology majors often receive competitive grant awards and national recognition for their work. For example, our students have received awards such as the Goldwater scholarship and the Pfizer undergraduate research fellowship.
Our teacher education option prepares you for initial New York State certification as a middle or high school biology teacher. An emphasis on research and effective teaching methods prepares students well for life in the laboratory as well as the classroom. You'll learn to run labs in secondary school classrooms and teach in both rural and urban settings.
Upon graduation, many of our biology majors enter professional schools to study medicine, dentistry, or other health fields. Others are accepted at top graduate programs such as UC Berkeley, Yale, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins. Other options include conducting research for the government or in the pharmaceutical industry.