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.


Campus to celebrate Arbor Day

April 18, 2023
A tree-planting ceremony, scavenger hunt and trivia contest will mark the holiday.

Winging it: peregrine falcons take flight at SUNY Cortland 

April 5, 2023
The endangered raptors like SUNY Cortland so much they’ve made the campus their winter home. 

Local hospital internship introduces students to patient care

March 7, 2023
Biomedical sciences majors can gain patient contact hours in the Emergency Department at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, located a mile from campus.

Four sisters present ‘Family Tree’ exhibition

Oct. 25, 2022
The siblings’ art and poetry exhibition runs through Dec. 2 in Dowd Gallery.

Student researches the science of smell 

Sept. 13, 2022
A SUNY Cortland undergraduate summer research fellowship was used to develop a biosensor. 


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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