Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12) Major

If you’re looking for a nationally accredited, rigorous program in the sciences that sets high performance standards for students, consider SUNY Cortland, known for its high-caliber teacher education. Our graduates credit their experiences in biology courses and their professional preparation as outstanding for a career in teaching adolescents.

Career Potential

A degree in adolescence education: biology will make you highly competitive in the job market as a biology teacher or for acceptance into quality graduate programs around the country. Options include graduate degrees in biology, education, administration or related fields.

Student Teaching

Student teaching in a local school

Prepare for immediate job placement in public and private schools across the state and throughout the country by completing one of these student teaching experiences:

  • Central New York with support from faculty and student teaching supervisors
  • New York City through the SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center

Special Features

  • Newly renovated state-of-the-art classrooms and labs
  • Elective courses ranging from molecular genetics to marine biology
  • Faculty with expertise representing the breadth of biological sciences
  • Interact with faculty on independent research projects
  • Participate in Biology Club events and explore science beyond the classroom
  • Field experiences in the Adirondacks, Belize or Costa Rica

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities.

Student Clubs

Honor Societies

Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Bowers Hall, Room 240
Phone: 607-753-2715
Fax: 607-753-5455

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 126


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Outstanding Student Research Award
  • Outstanding Teacher Potential in Biological Sciences
  • Norman B. Reynolds Memorial Award
  • Aldo Leopold Award

See all scholarship opportunities

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