Biological Sciences Department

Our graduates find themselves in exciting careers, ranging from environmental scientists, researchers and teachers to zoo keepers, laboratory technicians and water ecologists. Others have gone on to graduate school to become professors, veterinarians, optometrists, chiropractors and other medical professionals.

In our program you will receive a comprehensive foundation in biology and related sciences. You can design a course of study suited to your interests, whether it is molecular, cellular, organismal or environmental biology. You also can become certified to teach in grades 7-12, prepare to pursue health-related careers such as medicine or dentistry or concentrate in environmental science.

You may participate in research projects with faculty members and become co-authors of published papers or present your work at conferences while earning course credit. You can also take advantage of our outstanding field facilities and internship opportunities.


Open House Highlights Natural Sciences on Nov. 20

Prospective students can take a closer look at the College’s biology, chemistry, geology and physics departments.

NASA Scientist Looks at Weather in Space

NASA astrophysicist Alex Young will speak to the uniqueness of “space weather” and the importance of communicating science effectively.

College Receives Nearly $800,000 to Educate Future STEM Teachers

Over a five-year period, the College will award 38 scholarships through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Falconry Demonstration Set for Oct. 7

The event continues a Renaissance science-themed Memorial Library series.

Series Themed ‘Where are We?’ to Begin

Events showcase role local communities play in greater society’s achievements.


Beta Beta Beta, or Tri-Beta, is a National Honor Society for the biological sciences that was founded in 1922.   The Cortland chapter, Epsilon Upsilon, was begun in 1979.  Dr. Christa Chatfield is currently the chapter advisor.

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