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.


Cortland students evaluate Homer’s trees

Biology and geography students join in a tree analysis for a nearby village.

Beth Shiner Klein addresses President’s List honorees

This environmental conservation-minded educator once worked as a park ranger.

Lecture Series to explore power of action

The Brooks Lectures starting on Sept. 25 will highlight efforts to end injustice.

Cortland named one of nation’s healthiest campuses

Partnership for a Healthier America named Cortland one of the 32 healthiest campuses in the country.

Faculty, Students to Study Invasive Jumping Worms

The research is supported by a $95,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation.


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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