Overall Program Description

The Department of Biology offers a major and a minor in Biology, and a major in Medical Technology. The Biology major and minor programs are designed for students with an interest in the life sciences, and who wish to pursue careers in biomedicine, health and secondary education. The Medical Technology major program is designed for students with an interest in advance hospital technology and who wish to pursue a career as medical technologists.

Students build a scientific foundation for understanding how biological systems function through courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years. In the junior and senior years, students may concentrate in one of several areas: pre-health professional, biotechnology, secondary education, or an individualized program. Research opportunities with departmental faculty as well as internships and cooperative programs with public and private organizations afford students the opportunity to apply their skills outside the classroom.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

This major program is designed to provide excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.) in biomedical science, or careers in health, secondary education, or fields that require an understanding and practice of scientific methods. The department provides the following concentration areas to help students prepare for their respective careers: pre-health (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science), biotechnology and secondary education certification. Click on the above "B.S. biology" link to learn more.

Combined B.S. and M.S. Biology (3+2)

This major program is designed to provide excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.) in biomedical science, or careers in health, secondary education, or fields that require an understanding and practice of scientific understanding and methods. The department provides the following three concentration areas to help students prepare for their respective career tracks: pre-health (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science), biotechnology and secondary education certification. Click on the above "B.S. Medical Technology" link to learn more.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology

This major program is designed to provide excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.) in biomedical science, or careers in health, secondary education, or fields that require an understanding and practice of scientific understanding and methods. The department provides the following three concentration areas to help students prepare for their respective career tracks: pre-health (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science), biotechnology and secondary education certification. Click on the above "B.S. Medical Technology" link to learn more.

(A) Biology Honors

Exceptional Students are invited to apply to this elite opportunity highlighted by a multi-semester independent research experience that is mentored by one of our prestigious faculty members and which culminates in a written Honors Thesis. Completion of an undergraduate honors thesis signifies an interest in and a commitment ot scientific reseearch. Departmental Honors students have the opportunity to present their research at local and/or natinal scientific meetings. The Biology Honors Club provides a forum for network-builidng, field-trips, commuity service events and career-preparation. Students who successfully complete the Thesis are given the Departmental Hoors Distinction on their academic transcript upon graduation.

(B) Biology Honors Research Experience

Completion of an Honors Research Project provides students with hands-on experience with the latest cellular and molecular technologies including fluorescence microscopy, microplate assays, tissue culture, gene expression analysis, and recombinant DNA technology through a multi-semester independent research experience. Research projects will be presented at local, regional and national scientific meetings with the mentor and collaborating lab members. This team-focused approach to science produces a sense of community among students and provides a framework for future collaborative efforts. The program culminates in a senior year Honors Thesis based on the studentís research project.

(c) Biology Honors Requirements

  • Honors students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to earn the Biology Honors Degree.
  • The College Honors Program requires that students be allowed to drop below a 3.25 GPA for no more than one semester, or will be dropped from the program.
  • Freshmen and sophomore students with less than 24 credits, and sophomore students with less than 54 credits must complete BIO 290 (2 credits).
  • All honors students must complete BIO 490 Honors Research (at least 5 credits) and BIO 497 Honors Thesis (1 credit).
  • Honors Thesis must be submitted and approved by the Honors Coordinator and College Honors Program designee and must be presented at Scholarís Day or an appropriate alternative public forum.

Minor in Biology

A minimum of 18 credits, of which at least 10 must be at the 300/400-level, is required for the minor. Students declaring a minor in biological sciences must earn at least nine credits of biological sciences courses at SUNY Brockport. Since no specific courses are designated, a variety of tracks are possible and it is important that students seek advisement through the Undergraduate Coordinator. (Inquire in Room 103, Lennon Hall.) Many students working toward teacher certification and/or majoring in other disciplines elect to complete a minor in order to strengthen their degrees.

Practical Experience

The department offers excellent opportunities, either locally or out of campus, for a rich practical experience to equip our students for the next step in their careers or education. Students majoring in biological sciences have a choice of numerous research projects with faculty members of the biology department (click here for research). Students majoring in medical technology culminates in a 12-month internship in a hospital laboratory-based education program, which results in eligibility for certification and licensure as a medical technologist. Click on the above "Research Opportunities" link to learn more.

Scholarships and Financial Aids

This major program is designed to provide excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.) in biomedical science, or careers in health, secondary education, or fields that require an understanding and practice of scientific understanding and methods. The department provides the following concentration areas to help students prepare for their respective careers: pre-health (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science), biotechnology and secondary education certification.

Declaring of a Major and Advisement

Students should declare a major as early as possible in order to receive proper advisement to meet their career goals. It is preferable that the student declares their major in the freshman year. Majors are declared with the department secretary, Room 103, Lennon Hall. For advisement on the courses to take, click on the relevant programs above. Click here to download a copy of the advisement checklist.

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