Biology

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Anatomy & Physiology lab
Biological Field Station research on Otsego Lake
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Dr. Florian Reyda looks through a microscope
Botany class campus tree inventory project
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About the Major

Biologists study life from multiple perspectives; from the molecular function of cells to the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, the evolution of populations and the ecological interactions between species and their environments.

Curriculum

SUNY Oneonta Biology majors can choose from a wide variety of courses covering disciplines such as cell and molecular biology, ecology and biomedical sciences. The program can be tailored to your interests through more than 40 courses, taught on a two-year cycle.

Course Topics Include

Below are some of the courses available to Biology majors. View the full list of Biology courses.

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Development
  • Microbiology
  • Histology
  • Reproduction Physiology
  • Animal Nutrition

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Biology Department
112 Science Building 1
607-436-3703

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Biological Field Station

At the college’s Cooperstown campus, a 2,600-acre Biological Field Station facility on the shores of Otsego Lake has 12 buildings housing laboratories, classrooms and equipment for research support. A well-equipped research vessel, electrofishing boat and several smaller boats provide access to bogs, marshes and ponds for teaching and research in aquatic biology and limnology. An upland forest, old field, conifer plantation, meadow and agricultural lands offer additional opportunities to learn and explore.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Outside of the classroom, you’ll have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience, including independent study, research and service-learning projects, internships and intensive field courses. Biology majors do research on their own and in collaboration with faculty. Grants are available for research and for travel to professional conferences. Each spring, biology students present their research on campus at Student Research and Creative Activity Day.

Facilities

Campus tools and facilities include molecular research laboratories, controlled-environment animal rooms, plant growth chambers, greenhouses, an herbarium and a tissue culture room. The Jewell and Arline Moss Settle Herbarium at SUNY Oneonta contains more than 14,000 specimens including algae, bryophytes, lycophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms and fungi, representing collections from central New York and Adirondack Park spanning from 1898–2015. Functioning primarily as a teaching herbarium, it also contains vouchers for New York state county floras and supports molecular and ecological research on plants of New York.

Prehealth Professions

Interested in life science research or doctoral programs in medicine, veterinary medicine and optometry, and Physician Assistant master's programs? SUNY Oneonta offers a Pre-Health Professions Advisement Program, cooperative programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Optometry, and an early assurance Physician Assistant program with Albany Medical College.

Student Clubs

  • Biology Club
  • Botany Club
  • Pre-Health Club
  • iGEM
  • Environmental Science Club
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national pre-health honor society
  • Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society
  • Biological Field Station Volunteer SCUBA Dive Team
  • Independent or directed research with faculty
  • Internships

Biology Students in Action

Sean Robinson
Faculty and Staff
Sean Robinson’s favorite part of his job is being able to witness growth – growth of bryophytes and the many other kinds of plants he studies, and the growth of his students.

Did You Know?

Oneonta's biology program is ranked No. 41 on Study.com's 2021 list of the nation's Best Bachelor's Degrees in Biology.

Scholarships

  • Biology Department Scholarship, awarded to Biology majors in their sophomore year whose first-year biology GPA was 3.5 or higher.
  • John G. New Scholarship, awarded to Biology or Environmental Science majors with demonstrated academic achievement, interest in research, and who advocate that economic progress be compatible with a quality environment.

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