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BIOLOGY

Why Choose Biology?

Biology is not merely a collection of facts, but a process of discovery; Elmira College encourages students to participate actively in this process. Each course provides a framework for examining the scientific process as a means to master current knowledge and to address problems of the future. Starting in your first-year courses students will learn approaches to science and develop their own research projects.

What Biology Will Teach You!

The biology core curriculum explores the major disciplines and examines both the diversity of life, and the functional aspects of living systems. The core courses encompass a wide spectrum of biological sciences, from molecules and cells, to populations and ecosystems using evolutionary adaptation as a recurrent theme. Advanced courses allow students to pursue areas of special interest which stresses independence, and initiative. Many students participate in internships and in research.

Where Biology Can Take You!

Our Elmira College biology major graduates have continued on to work in biomedical research, academics, fisheries, marine ecology, private industry, medical school, veterinary school, physical therapy, as physician assistants, in K-12 education, as well as state and federal government. Alumni frequently return to campus to talk with our current students about potential career paths.

Why Choose Biology?

Biology is not merely a collection of facts, but a process of discovery; Elmira College encourages students to participate actively in this process. Each course provides a framework for examining the scientific process as a means to master current knowledge and to address problems of the future. Starting in your first-year courses students will learn approaches to science and develop their own research projects.

What Biology Will Teach You!

The biology core curriculum explores the major disciplines and examines both the diversity of life, and the functional aspects of living systems. The core courses encompass a wide spectrum of biological sciences, from molecules and cells, to populations and ecosystems using evolutionary adaptation as a recurrent theme. Advanced courses allow students to pursue areas of special interest which stresses independence, and initiative. Many students participate in internships and in research.

Where Biology Can Take You!

Our Elmira College biology major graduates have continued on to work in biomedical research, academics, fisheries, marine ecology, private industry, medical school, veterinary school, physical therapy, as physician assistants, in K-12 education, as well as state and federal government. Alumni frequently return to campus to talk with our current students about potential career paths.

The below links provide a helpful guide to the most current major/minor core courses and electives. Full program requirements and course descriptions are located in the Elmira College Bulletin.

Contacts:

Biology Major

Pre-Health Tracks


Full-time Faculty:

The Marine and Island Ecology course offered each year by the biology faculty offers an incredible opportunity for our students to explore a tropical ecosystem including: coral reefs, intertidal communities, and many terrestrial habitats.
Field Biology takes place both in the beautiful gorges, and forests of upstate NY, and also travels to the big island of Hawaii to study successional communities.

Honor Societies:

  • Beta Beta Beta

Clubs:

  • Pre-Health Club

Prizes/Scholarships:

  • Emerson Liscum Diven Prize
  • Dr. Louise Frances Potter Prize
  • The Sharon Cosloy-Blank '66 Science Award

Career Opportunities:

Medical School for M.D. and D.O., physician's assistant programs, physical and occupational therapy programs, veterinarian, dentistry, PhD and MS programs in biology, biomedical researcher, and many positions at governmental and non-governmental (NGO) organizations.

Emily Feldpausch '16

Emily Feldpausch '16

Medical Resident (MD)
Biology, Biochemistry, Psychology

Elmira College helped prepare me for the MCAT and other challenges of getting into medical school while also providing fun experiences with amazing professors and friends.