Undergraduate Study in Biology
Biology is a dynamic, interesting and important field of study. Students and faculty in our department are interested in the study of life from molecular, cellular, organismal, community and global perspectives. Our undergraduate programs in biology provide excellent preparation for graduate or professional school programs and for careers in industry and governmental agencies. Students are also well prepared for medical, dental, or veterinary schools, or to enter the many specialized graduate programs in the biological sciences.
Our faculty and staff are dedicated to offering a strong and exciting undergraduate curriculum that offers both B.S. and B.A. degrees as well as a minor in biology. Students may also receive a B.S. degree with emphasis on environmental sciences. In addition to coursework, several opportunities exist for students to gain research experience by working in labs with our faculty and by participating in our annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Interested students may also join the undergraduate student-run life sciences interest group, TriBeta @ SU/ESF.
The B.S. degree is intended for students interested in graduate study in biological science or the health professions (medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine). A B.S. in Biology with Focus on Environmental Science is also available to students interested in ecology, conservation, and sustainability.
The B.A. degree is intended for students who wish to pursue technical or science-related careers that do not require a graduate or professional degree, or careers outside of biology in which a background in science may be useful, such as science writing, business, or law.
This interdisciplinary program of study is administered by both the Biology and Chemistry departments, and includes faculty from both departments.
Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary program that offers students an opportunity to take courses in biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, engineering, management, public policy and law that will be important for addressing biotechnology-related issues. Interested students may also join the Biotechnology Society.
The minor may be appropriate for students wishing to augment majors such as psychology, engineering, chemistry, and illustration with a biological component.