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.


Emma Schulz Repeats as First Team Academic All-American

June 30, 2020
The junior biology major earned national first-team honors for the second straight year.

SUNY Chancellor Honors Four Students

May 20, 2020
In the midst of a health crisis, SUNY pauses to recognize Cortland student excellence.

Two alumni win SUNY Graduate Fellowships

May 19, 2020
Breanna Washington ’19 and Natalie Lipari ’20 earned this singular, graduate award.

Parks Family Outdoor Center closed through June 1

April 21, 2020
Summer academic, alumni and community programs are being rescheduled or cancelled.

Alum doing NASA space-seed research in his kitchen

April 6, 2020
Forced off campus by COVID-19, Alex Meyers ’13 has found a novel way to do research at home.


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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