Biological Sciences Department - SUNY Cortland

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.


Brooks Lecture Series Continues in November

Geologist Christopher McRoberts to study mass extinction on Nov. 9.

Nov. 19 Event Showcases Natural Sciences Majors

The special campus visit experience invites prospective students interested in the College’s biology, chemistry, geology and physics departments.

Cortland Honored in National “Cool Schools” Ranking

The Sierra Club lists SUNY Cortland as one of the nation's greenest colleges.

Ceremony to Honor Late Veteran William Phelps ’69

A military service will be held May 21 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cortland.

Scholars of the Year Represent Broad Range of Majors

A national honors society’s “Scholars of the Year” represent a diverse range of majors — from biomedical sciences to business economics.


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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