Majoring in Biology

 
 

SUNY Oneonta's Biology Department offers programs of study at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as a 5-year, combined BS-MS program in Biology. The undergraduate biology major offers broadly-based educational opportunities in the form of one general track and three specialized tracks each building competency in a subfield of biology.  Over 40 courses, taught on a two-year cycle, allow for selection of a program best suited to the interests of our students.  All students who major in biology will be required to gain hands-on experience with an advanced topic, either through independent study, research opportunities, or intense immersion-style coursework.  Sufficient background in related sciences and mathematics is a necessity for the modern biologist, and and all options include such courses. 

Master of Science Degree programs in Biology and in Lake Management provide opportunities for students to further specialize within the field of biology. The MS Biology program focuses on increasing depth of knowledge, engaging in state-of-the-art research techniques, and engaging in applications of content taught at the undergraduate level. Students have the option of either the Thesis or Non-Thesis track. Students from this program have gone into private industry, forensic science, work with NGOs and non-profits, higher education, and secondary education. The 5-year combined program links the undergraduate degree (any track) with the MS Biology degree (any track) The MS in Lake Management, the only such degree of its kind in the United States, helps students combine knowledge of limnological processes with stakeholder relations and interactions, preparing graduates for careers in lake management and environmental consulting.

Undergraduate Programs

Liberal Arts Biology

The Liberal Arts Biology track is a balanced program providing groundwork across the range of biological subfields.  Students are required to explore one aspect of biology more thoroughly through research, internships, or immersion courses.  Students can take upper level electives from any sub-field of biology.  This is the track typically selected by biology majors whose interests in the biological sciences are broad and wish to keep their options more open. 


Liberal Arts Biology curriculum - Matric. prior to Fall 2016
Liberal Arts Biology curriculum - Matric. Fall 2016 or later

Ecology & Conservation Biology Track

The Ecology & Conservation Biology track focuses upper-level coursework on ecology, conservation, and evolutionary biology.  Students can take electives ranging from stream ecology and conservation biology, to dendrology and underwater research methods.  Students are required to gain hands-on experience through research experiences, internships, or intensive field courses.  This track prepares students for graduate work and entry-level positions in sub-fields such as aquatic ecology, conservation, botany, wildlife conservation, molecular ecology, and systematics. 
Ecology and Field Biology (BIEF) curriculum - Matric. prior to Fall 2016 Ecology & Conservation Biol. (ECOL) curriculum - Matric. Fall 2016 or later



Biomedical Sciences Track

The Biomedical Sciences track is designed for students interested in continuing their education in professional medical programs (MD, PA, etc.), and graduate programs (biomedical research, physiology, etc.). The track combines many of the courses that are required for entry into these programs with coursework that will help students be more competitive in these programs. Students can take a range of coursework, from anatomy and physiology, to endocrinology and parasitology. Students are required to gain hands-on experience through internships and research experiences, so that they have a better grasp of the field.  
Biomedical Sciences Track curriculum - Matric. Fall 2016 or later

Cellular & Molecular Biology Track

The Cell & Molecular Biology track focuses upper-level coursework on the theory and methods used to examine intra- and extra-cellular processes. Students can take a range of coursework from cell biology and microbiology to animal physiology and endocrinology. Students are required to gain hands-on experience through research experiences and internships, so that they have a better grasp of the field. This track prepares students for graduate work and entry-level positions in sub-fields such as microbiology, biomedical engineering, cancer biology, and molecular biology. 
Cellular & Molecular Biology (BCMT) curriculum - Matric. prior to Fall 2016 Cellular & Molecular Biology (CBMT) curriculum - Matric. Fall 2016 or later



Minor in Biology

The Biology Minor is designed for those students who have an interest in topics related to the biological sciences, but wish to major in another field. Note:Minor coursework is not considered degree-applicable credit for financial aid purposes; please speak with your financial aid advisor for more information.  
Biology Minor curriculum - Matric. Fall 2012 or later

Human Biology Track [Admission closed after Spring 2016 semester]

The Human Biology track combines biological principals as applied to humans with the cultural and physical aspects of the human population, providing excellent preparation for careers in public health, health support services, epidemiology and environmental analysis and policy, as well as background for graduate study in biomedical anthropology. 
Human Biology Track curriculum - Matric. proir to Fall 2016


Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Biology

The M.S. in Biology Thesis Option was established to prepare students for undertaking doctoral studies at university centers and to train technicians for specialized career opportunities in the biological sciences. In this track, students focus on an inde-pendent research topic and develop a research thesis that is presented in written and oral forms to the college community.
The M.S. in Biology Non-thesis Option is designed to offer post-graduate education for biology teachers in secondary schools and two-year colleges, and for those who desire a broad understanding of biological topics at an advanced level. In this track, students select from a wider array of elective courses in biology, and produce a research paper directed on a single topic area within biology.
MS Biology curriculum (link to the SUNY Oneonta Graduate Catalog)

Master of Science in Lake Management

The purpose of the Lake Management program, which will take full advantage of the nat-ural resources and infrastructure at the College‚Äôs Biological Field Station near Cooperstown, NY, and a newly renovated science building on campus, is to train students for careers as Lake Managers capable of modifying the character and quality of our aquatic resources to meet the concerns of water providers, lakeside municipalities, recreational lake users, as well as im-proving the quality of life of those who live, work and play on our tens of thousands of inland lakes, ponds, reservoirs and the streams tributary to them. Degree recipients will meet the re-quirements to apply for certification as Lake Manager (CLM) or Lake Professional (CLP) by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). 
MS Biology curriculum (link to the SUNY Oneonta Graduate Catalog)


Updated: 24 Feb 2016