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.


Arizona conference connects students with STEM careers

Dec. 5, 2023
The trip, organized through a SUNY Cortland program, helped students in historically excluded academic fields.

Biology major meets the real India

Nov. 21, 2023
A senior biomedical sciences major studied abroad as a prestigious Gilman International Scholar.

Student researches how microplastic pollution impacts oysters

Sept. 12, 2023
Student scientist Makiah Poli is testing the bivalve’s reaction to plastic pollution in the oceans.

Professor gives straight talk on toxic flatworms 

Aug. 12, 2023
National media taps SUNY Cortland researcher’s expertise on toxic, carnivorous, invasive worms. 

SUNY Cortland joins effort to restore native Lake Ontario fish 

June 23, 2023
SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego will partner as part of a federally funded, multimillion-dollar initiative. 


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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