2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biological Sciences Department

Patricia Conklin, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 240
Fax: 607-753-5455
Email: biological.sciences@cortland.edu

School of Arts and Sciences

Biology Lab


Santanu Banerjee, Jesse Bloom Bateman, Steven B. Broyles, Christa H. Chatfield, Patricia L. Conklin, Theresa M. Curtis, Andrea Dávalos, Amanda Davis, Peter K. Ducey, Laura Eierman, Terrence D. Fitzgerald, Carie George, Lauren Goldmann, Michael Hough, Rena C. Janke, Elizabeth McCarthy, Christian Nelson, Mary Beth Voltura 

Adjunct Faculty

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

Degree and Minors

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


Environmental Science


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 their 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

  • First year peer mentoring program for new majors
  • Well-equipped on-campus facilities, including a greenhouse and a molecular biology laboratory
  • Outstanding field facilities at the Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve at William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education near campus and the William H. Parks Family Outdoor Center, Raquette Lake
  • Opportunities to participate in research projects with faculty
  • Opportunities for off-campus internships (ex. ER patient advocate)
  • Active Biology and Pre-Med clubs and a chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society for biology
  • Cooperative programs with the SUNY Upstate Medical University and the Northeast College of Health Sciences
  • Member of NSF Central NY LSAMP Alliance to increase diverse representation in STEM
  • University partner of the Creat Lakes Northern Forest Cooperative Studies Unit (CESU)


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to all of the majors offered by this department. 
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements:  B.S. – 60 credit hours




      Adolescence EducationBiologyBiomedical SciencesConservation BiologyScience, GeneralAdolescence Education BIO