Biology

Biology is at the forefront of today's issues relating to human medicine and the environment, exploring topics such as genome sequencing and editing, stem cell research, evolution, and global warming. 

Elmira College’s biology students experience collaborative interactions with peers and professors in the laboratory and field, studying genetics, cell biology, microbiology, and molecular biology; plant and animal form and function; ecology and evolution. Students have an the opportunity to conduct independent research with faculty mentors. 

Biology majors find career options in various fields such as graduate education in the health professions (pre-medicine, veterinary, or dentistry), ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology. Careers in research laboratories, governmental agencies, and environmentally oriented companies are also popular choices.

The Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences maintains significant off-campus experiences for students during Term III. For almost 50 years, science faculty have offered the Marine and Island Ecology Program each spring on San Salvador Island, in The Bahamas. Research facilities include a DNA sequencing room, fluorescence microscopes, environmental chambers, herbarium, greenhouse, marine culture tanks, bio-safety level II hood, dissection and compound microscopes.

Elmira College students have presented their research with faculty at regional and national conferences. Previous conferences include: American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society, and Animal Behavior Society. Students have traveled to Denver, San Diego, New Orleans, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, and The Bahamas to present their research, often funded by various programs at the College.

Elmira College Biology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElmiraCollegeBiology 

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