Jul 17, 2018  
2017-2018 School of Arts & Sciences 
2017-2018 School of Arts & Sciences


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The Biology Department offers a curriculum leading to either a B.S. in Biology or a B.A. in Biological Sciences. By taking a series of required and elective courses in Biology, students encounter the diversity of the natural world and the broad array of methods and techniques used to study it. In addition to the academic concentration, a special emphasis is placed on preparing students for the professional world through an innovative Colloquium series, which focuses on both communication skills and career development, and by encouraging and supporting student applications to a variety of internship experiences.

Student learning in the classroom, laboratory, and the field is enhanced by small class sizes allowing for individual attention. Department faculty provide close mentoring when students apply for internships, jobs, graduate programs and professional schools. Through personalized advisement, students can easily expand and enrich their education by taking an additional major or minor course of study. Past students have majored in biology and chemistry or biology and environmental studies. Additionally, students have majored or minored in areas quite different from the biological sciences such as international studies and art.

Upon graduation, students have entered a variety of career paths including laboratory and field technical work in the private or public sector or have continued their studies and have received advanced degrees from graduate or professional schools. Graduates work as research scientists, professionals in public health and environmental science and in many areas of healthcare as physicians, physical therapists, physician assistants, dentists, and medical technologists. Many are educators teaching at the pre-college and college level.

The faculty of three full-time members is supplemented by a laboratory manager and several adjunct faculty.

The physical facilities of the Biology Department consist of seven laboratories and a green house. Our location, just outside of New York City, allows for ample access to a variety of field sites and scientific institutions.

Professional Studies in Education: Biology and Biological Sciences

Biology students who complete the requirements for the B.S. degree in Biology or the B.A. degree in Biological Sciences may wish to pursue New York State teacher certification to teach on the high school or middle school levels. Specific course work is outlined in the Education  section of this catalog. Additional programs available to students in this department include childhood education (Grades 1-6), early childhood education, and education of students with disabilities.

Courses which the department has offered in the past and which may be available in the future in response to student interest and needs include the following titles:

  BIO 211/211L   Botany
  BIO 216   Parasitology
  BIO 217   Plant Geography
  BIO 219   Field Botany
  BIO 251/251L   Developmental Biology/Lab
  BIO 254/254L   Animal Physiology/Lab
  BIO 258/258L   Behavioral Ecology of Vertebrates/Lab
  BIO 355/355L   Aquatic Ecosystems/Lab





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