2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biological Sciences Department

Bowers Hall, Room 240
(607) 753-2715


Arts and Sciences


Louis A. Gatto (Chair), Timothy J. Baroni, Barry L. Batzing, Steven B. Broyles, Patricia L. Conklin, Peter K. Ducey, Terrence D. Fitzgerald, Aaron Fried, Rena C. Janke, R. Lawrence Klotz, Angela Pagano, Brian R. Rivest, John M. Sternfeld, John E. Straneva, Mary Beth Voltura

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration section.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Bachelor of Arts in Conservation Biology
Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology
Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12)

Majors Offered

Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12)
Biomedical Sciences
Conservation Biology

Concentrations Offered

Environmental Science

Minors Offered



The biology program at SUNY Cortland is designed to ensure that majors obtain a strong, comprehensive foundation in the central areas of biology and related sciences. The program also offers specialized study in many areas. The Biological Sciences Department offers more than 30 courses in diverse areas of biology. Together with a faculty advisor, a biology major can design a course of study suited to his/her interests, whether it is at the level of molecular, cellular, organismal or environmental biology. Biology majors 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.

Special Features

  • Well-equipped on-campus facilities, including two greenhouses, a molecular biology laboratory and a scanning electron microscope
  • Outstanding field facilities at Hoxie Gorge near campus and the Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake
  • Opportunities to participate in research projects with faculty
  • Opportunities for off-campus internships
  • An active Biology Club and a chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society for biology
  • Cooperative programs with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the SUNY Upstate Medical University, Duke University and the New York Chiropractic College


  1. Degree Requirements listed here apply to all of the majors offered by this department. 
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: B.A. – 90 credit hours; B.S. – 75 credit hours


I. Major

IV. Minor

V. Cooperative