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.


Lecture Explores Termite Mushroom Farms

An African biologist will discuss the insect activity, which produces edible fungi for humans, on March 22.

SUNY Cortland’s Pollinator Grade? Bee Plus

The College has been recognized as a Bee Campus USA site.

Spring 2018 ‘Incllusion’ Series Continues

Anthropologist Megan Springate shares under-told women’s stories March 6.

Non-traditional Students Tell Their Stories

Five students shared their unique experiences during Non-Traditional Students Week.

Cortland Hosts Statewide College Sustainability Conference

Comedy and climate will combine on campus Nov. 15-16 for the 2017 State of New York Sustainability Conference.


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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